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Choice Boards


Discover a choice board; a visual support that may include objects, photographs, icons, black and white line drawings or words, and which is used by an individual to communicate a desired activity, item, location, etc. Choice boards can be used to structure free time, provide opportunity for a student to choose which activity to complete first among an array of activities, or offer a choice of reinforcers from which to pick. Choice boards can be created using a different number of choices depending upon the student. It is essential that the student understand what the visuals represent.


Examples

Choice Board Example

Choice Boards

Choice Board - 3 Panel
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Choice Board - 3 Panel Template
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Choice Board - 4 Panel
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Choice Board - 4 Panel Template
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Choice Board - 6 Panel
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Choice Board - 6 Panel Template
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Book Suggestions

Visual Supports in the Classroom for Students with Autism and Related Pervasive Developmental Disorders

J. L. Savner

Learn how effective use of visual supports can help make children with autism and related pervasive developmental disorders function independently and make more sense of the sometimes confusing world around them. The best way for most children with autism and related pervasive developmental disorders to learn is through pictures. Effective use of visual supports gives children more control over their environment with the result that they tend to be less frustrated and therefore resort less to problem behaviors.

This well-researched video, Visual Supports in the Classroom, introduces the major types of visual supports and visually based environmental supports and show their practical application in the classroom, including the following:

  • visual schedules
  • choice boards
  • boundary setting
  • labels
  • task organizers
  • activity-completion signals

Using Visual and Behavioral Cues in the Home: Teaching Functional Life Skills to Young Children with Autism and Other Significant Developmental Disorders

R. Allen

This DVD provides parents, professionals, and other caregivers with practical visual and behavioral strategies to enhance communication, prevent disruptive behaviors, and increase a child's independence. It shows viewers how to create conditions for success in home and community environments, as well as how to make visual cues. Topics include: basic assumptions; schedules and routines; choice boards; self-help skills; chores and responsibilities; setting expectations; community visual cues; materials development; environmental modifications; and resources.