This collection of my favorite visual supports that can be used to support students on the autism spectrum, as well as others with and without disabilities. Many teachers find success when using these supports as part of the school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) or as part of School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS).
5. Classroom Noise Meters
These can be expensive gadgets, computer programs, or a simple poster made from just construction paper and glue. However you create one, these are great tools to help raise your students' level of awareness about their volume in the classroom.
4. Visual Picture Cues
Autismclassroomresources.com has many visual supports available to assist teachers and paraprofessionals in the classroom. One of my favorite items is this lanyard set that is for redirection. You may choose to laminate these cards and place them on a ring for ease of use.
3. First Then Boards
The Premack principal is a fancy way of saying "You can't have any pudding if haven't eaten you meat". Seriously, First Then Boards teach one of the many lessons many of us learned from our grandmothers. First work ~ Then play. This visual helps students see what they are working and enables them to persevere through less fun tasks.
2. Cool Down Choice Boards
Many student's may struggle with how to use effective coping strategies. Coping skills are best taught when students are calm. Like all skills, practice makes perfect. Visual supports can be helpful to reinforce a coping strategy previously taught in a moment of escalation.