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Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) learn in a variety of different ways, but research has shown that they demonstrate strength in visual learning. To play on this strength, parents and professionals have developed visual supports for individuals with ASD. Visual supports organize a sequence of events, enhancing the student's ability to understand, anticipate, and participate in those events. This module will define visual supports, discuss how they might be used across settings, and provide specific examples that can be used to accommodate individuals with ASD.

  • What's Included
  • 29 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe what visual supports do for individuals with ASD in the home, school, community, and work setting
  2. Show knowledge of the terminology used by professionals when working with visual supports
  3. Describe best-practice examples of visual supports for use in the home, school, community, and work settings
  4. List resources and references in the area of visual supports

Module Authors

Sheila M. Smith, Ph.D.

Sheila M. Smith, Ph.D., is the Senior Director for the Research & Impact Office at OCALI, working over the past 13 years to advance OCALI's state- and system-wide capacity to improve outcomes for people with disabilities to live their best lives. She led the 2007 development of OCALI's Autism Internet Modules (AIM) project, linking research to real life. She received the 2007 CEC Division on DD Herbert J. Prehm Student Presentation Award. Smith has held positions as professional development specialist, administrator, university instructor, and teacher across seven states. Her numerous presentations and publications reflect her wide-range of experiences within the field of special education.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was developed by Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

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