• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!


Classroom Supports Main (redirected from Visual Strategies Main 2)


Classroom Supports


Visual strategies are things we see that help us understand our environment.  Visual strategies are specifically designed to supplement verbal, social and other environmental cues which are difficult for students with autism to understand. They enable people with autism to get the information they need to understand other people, function independently and behave appropriately.



Early Learning 


  • Play Schedule






Academic Supports

Ready Made Materials

Clicker 7 - Core Writing Set

Visual Strategies 

Create Your Own Portable Stand


First-Then Board 

Used to assist students with language and/or behavior needs complete specific tasks.


The student is to complete and finish the first prior to being able to do the second activity.  Students benefit knowing exactly what is expected of them. In addition, by using pictures, the visual is there for the student to refer to even after the word is gone.


Go - Almost There - Stop 

Some students are still developing their sense of time or work completion. They need help to understand how long “soon”, or “in a minute” really is without having to read a clock or when a task will be complete. 


Pacing Board


SPEAKING RATE: To encourage students to monitor their speaking rate, have the student tap a square as they say a word.  This will make it difficult for them to "jumble" words together. This is usually the classic use for these strips in order to increase speaking fluency.

BREATHING: Teach appropriate breathing by instructing the student to tap out words as they speak and take a breath / inhale when they get the end of the strip (e.g., "Take a breath when you get to the star/happy face")

MLU: Expand sentences by encouraging students to get all the way to the target icon! For example, if your target sentence length is 3 words per utterance, use the strip containing 3 icons. Encourage the student to “get to the star/happy face

ENUNCIATION: Use these strips with hard to understand students (e.g., Down Syndrome). It helps them slow down their speech which in turn can improve intelligibility.

SYNTAX: You can also increase correct sentence structure by modeling correct sentences on a pacing board and having the student imitate.   


Question Cards

Students may be helped to understand the expected responses from various wh-questions when paired with a consistent symbol  Students are able to refer to the visual information even after the word is gone.


Periodic Table of Questions

  • Robin Hurd
A visual representation of various question forms, their increasing complexity, and suggested answer starters. 

Social Stories

Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. 


Super Pictures

Over-sized picture cards help students organize their behavior and remain focused, thereby allowing them to respond successfully to teach directions. As an instruction/direction is given to students, they are also provided with a picture that represents the targeted direction

  Turn Taking Card

Show whose turn it is when using this card.



Visual Schedule 

Visual schedules are used to communicate a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity.  Students may be helped to understand and manage their daily events. Schedules can be created using pictures, photographs, or written words, depending upon the ability of the student.  Ideally, visual schedules are introduced with adult support that gradually decreases with time. 

A List of Web Resources  

20 GreAT Tips in 20 Minutes    

Modifying the Curriculum with Core


Core Board for Circles Program