ASD Tip of the Month

Use Visuals to Support Communication


A picture is worth a thousand words! Individuals with ASD are often visual learners. It can be difficult for them to understand and follow spoken instructions. Once words are transmitted verbally, there is no remaining clue for the individual as to what was said. Pairing a word with a visual support provides information that remains after the spoken word. If someone does not understand or respond to what you are saying, write it, draw it or picture it out!

To learn more about visual supports, visit the "Visual Supports" Autism Internet Module at or explore the OCALI lending library for resources, such as Visual Supports for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Materials for Visual Learners by Bernard-Opitz and Hausler and Making Visual Supports Work in the Home and Community by Savner and Myles.  

Autism Internet Modules: Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

Free, online modules on characteristics, evidence-based practices, and promising practices in ASD. Credit is available for a fee.
Lending Library

Lending Library

Borrow books, videotapes, DVDs, and other media on autism spectrum disorders and low-incidence disabilities from OCALI's online lending library. Resources shipped to Ohioans at no cost.