ASD Visual Aids aim is to support communication for children, young people and adults with social communication difficulties such as Autism. Research has shown that many children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are able to process visual tools more effectively than the spoken word. We have designed visual tools and solutions for home, care, work and educational settings that empower children and young people with these difficulties to effectively access communication.
What we do and how we do it
It is well known that visual symbols improve communication for children, young people and adults with social communication difficulties. In our experience it is time consuming to put together packs and we were looking for a simple solution. To make life easier for parents, teachers, teaching assistants and carers we have designed the ASD Visual Aids product range which consist of ‘Visual Symbols’ and stories to help in social situations, timetable boards, key chains, stress balls, stickers, traffic lights along with other communication tools. These are all packaged to suit your specific needs.
The pictures are durable and transfer to a variety of settings. They are a short cut to effective, functional communication and will keep problems small. They help to clarify social situations and teach social skills like waiting my turn, eye contact, not calling out or asking for help.
The use of visual strategies can build a bridge toward effective communication. Visual strategies can provide the support necessary for youngsters to develop appropriate skills for effective participation in life activities.
Most of these youngsters with ASD and related communication challenges are visual learners! This observation has tremendous implications. Capitalizing on their strengths, the use of visual strategies alters many social, communication, behaviour and educational challenges.
If we think how we all rely on our own visual aids, lists, diaries, calendars, sticky notes then maybe we can begin to understand how ASD Visual Aids can become for children, young people and adults with social communication difficulties, a way in to the puzzle of the social world.