Date: 27/07/2022

Visual supports can help to:  

·        Provide structure and routine 

·        Encourage independence 

·        Build confidence 

·        Provide clarity 

·        Avoid frustration and anxiety 

·        Make communication physical and consistent, rather than fleeting and inconsistent like spoken words can be.  

·                 Object  - most concrete 

·                 TOBI (True Object Based Icon)  

·                 Photograph (with/without word)  

·                 Symbol (with/without word)  

·                 Written – most abstract 


Children with neurotypical development go through the stages of symbolic development in a sequence, however some autistic children and young people will require support at a particular level over the course of their life.  


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