Why Use Visual Strategies?

Just as we need visual reminders to stay on schedule (calendars, checklists, “save the date” reminders, etc.), young children require visual reminders to stay on task in the classroom and at home.

Giving children visual supports can:

  • prevent some challenging behaviors
  • remind them of what they are supposed to be doing
  • help to teach routines and new skills
  • give them some choices and control over their environments

Please refer to the following website from Vanderbilt University for great ideas on how (and why) to make and use visual supports for use in your home and/or classroom.  Remember to bookmark the website for future reference.  http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/modules/module3b/handout2.pdf
Also, from Dade County schools:
Let me know if you try any of the visual supports and how they worked!

Miss Debi

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One Response to Why Use Visual Strategies?

  1. Amy B says:

    My daughter is visual learner. She is also visually linguistic – she’s been reading words since she was two. She is also a creature of habit, like mom and loves to know “what’s on the schedule”, particularly at bedtime – she wants to know what we’re doing the next day. She got very excited about Halloween and she was getting a bit too anxious. I actually printed out the calendar off of Outlook and pointed out the days as we went through them and marked Halloween for her so she had more of a visual representation of time. She does understand days of the week, but for some reason, she wasn’t putting them together. The calender helped her spatially organize her thoughts and helped her relieve some of her anxiety about when things were happening with the upcoming holidays.

    As a side note, I used to use short “materials lists” and placed them on notebooks for my 5th graders who were part of a departmentalized classroom (he often forgot the simplest of things and it was always something). You can also do these with a vis-a-vis marker and contact paper and make them into checklists for older children. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and teaches vital organization skills.

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