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- Frostys 5 point scale
- Prancers power cards
- Santas Social Stories
- Vixens Visual Schedule.
Yau (2012) advises us that our child is likely to be much more of a visual thinker than we are. Spoken words are transitory – they are gone as soon as they are verbalized. But visual tools are concrete, whether it be a real object, a photo, a symbol or a written word. Visuals can be returned to over and over again, helping your child understand, and sometimes to accept, the information.
< My Thoughts > “Visuals can be returned to over and over again…”
Types of VISUALS are – Visual Schedules, 5 point scales, Power Cards, Social Stories, & Comic Strips or Storyboards.
Frosty's Five Point Scale ~
Prancer's Power Cards ~
- count to 10
- close my eyes & breathe
- ask for a 'break'
- breathe slowly, or blow bubbles
- do something I like (color or listen to music)
- talk to someone nearby
- take a walk
You want the story to be brief, but maintain the child's attention. Again, let the child help you create this Visual story.
Before changing a behavior or routine, know the child's basic understanding. A 'baseline' for learning a new skill must be established. Start where they 'are', instead of repeating what they've already learned. Visual schedules can be accompanied by auditory backup, or even a Smart Phone app.
Yau, A. (2012). Autism – A Practical Guide for Parents; eBooks Edition