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a specialist sits on a couch with a child with visual supports in between the both of themVisual supports can be powerful for families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At A Gem of Joy, we provide community-based and in-home ABA services throughout the Maryland area to help learners and their families to improve communication and social interactions. 

For more information about receiving training and education about how to communicate with your child or enhance their communication skills using visual supports, please call us at 888.501.6641. We’d be happy to go over our other autism therapies and how partnering with you and your family can open the door to new skills. 

To learn more about our autism treatment programs, behavioral therapy, and autism therapy services, contact A Gem of Joy today at 888.501.6641.

What Are Visual Supports in Applied Behavior Analysis?

Visual support is crucial in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. These visual cues empower learners to comprehend and engage effectively in social situations, fostering appropriate responses and enhanced communication. 

Using visual supports can help with understanding and expression of language so learners are able to communicate and the people in their lives can communicate with them. Examples of visual supports can include the following: 

Visual Prompts 

These can include pictures, objects, symbols, or words that are used to remind a learner of what they should do. 

Visual Schedules  

This type of visual support is commonly used to break down an activity into smaller steps that make it easier for the learner to understand and follow.  

Choice Boards 

These are often used to help learners make decisions. For example, if a learner is trying to decide what toy they want to play with, you can provide them with two or more pictures of various toys, and they can select the one that looks most appealing to them.  

Visual Timers 

This type of visual support helps show learners how much time an activity has left before it needs to be completed. 

Visual Checklists 

This type of visual support helps learners remember to complete certain tasks or activities. Checklists can also help the learner understand what they need to do to achieve their goals.  

Incorporating visual supports into ABA therapy can offer the opportunity to improve communication and social understanding for children. It can also help parents and caregivers better understand their child’s needs and provide the necessary tools to help them succeed. 

Benefits of Visual Supports

Visual supports can be beneficial to people who are nonverbal, have a limited vocabulary, have difficulty understanding social cues, or are learning to behave appropriately in social situations. 

Visual supports can offer numerous advantages for individuals with ASD: 

  • Improved attention  
  • The chance for successful communication between the person with autism and their family or caregivers  
  • Increased independence in completing tasks 
  • Reduced behavior issues due to frustration from not understanding expectations  
  • Improved self-esteem as they learn more about themselves and how to respond to different cues 

Visual supports extend beyond communication. They can aid learners in decision-making, setting up routines, carrying out tasks, and grasping abstract concepts such as units or time. 

Call A Gem of Joy for Assistance with Visual Supports

A Gem of Joy offers help with visual supports in the Maryland area. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate the world of autism therapies, but don’t worry—we are here to support and provide training and education to parents and caregivers.

If you are ready to take the next step toward developing skills to improve communication with and for your child, call us at 888.501.6641 or message us on our online form.

ach their goals. We collaborate with families to assess individuals and work together to create a personalized plan tailored to the family’s needs. With our team’s support, resources, and knowledge about autism, we are committed to helping families create a lasting impact. Together we can create a brighter future for individuals with autism. Contact A Gem of Joy today at 888.501.6641 to learn more about our services and resources.