Visual Supports for Visual Thinkers: Practical Ideas for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Educational Needs (With CD)

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Lisa Rogers

Visual Supports for Visual Thinkers
224 pages
2013
ISBN: 9781849059459

Visual supports have been proven to be a highly effective way to communicate with, and teach, a student with an autism spectrum disorder or other learning difficulty.

This book is packed with simple, effective tools to assist in the education of students with special education needs. They can be adapted to be used with young children and older learners with a range of educational needs, including nonverbal learners. Based on the author's years of teaching experience, the book covers how the classroom environment is laid out, how to use schedules and time planning aids, different education approaches and the teaching of social rules and appropriate behaviour. All the visual supports are clearly explained alongside examples and photos showing them in use in the classroom. The supports are also included on the accompanying CD as blank templates.

This will be a welcome resource of easy-to-use ideas for mainstream and special education teachers. Therapists, parents and anyone working with students with learning difficulties will also find many of the ideas useful.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary B. Mesibov.

  1. Why are Visual Supports so Effective?.
  2. Building the Classroom Environment.
  3. All about Schedules.
  4. Task Analysis through Mini-Maps.
  5. Visual Supports for Instructional Success.
  6. Visual Supports for Expressive Communication and Self-Advocacy.
  7. Visual Supports to Teach Social Skills.
  8. Visual Supports to Clarify Behavioral Expectations.
  9. Building a Feeling Chart with Calming Strategies.
  10. Examples of Visual Supports in Action.

References. Index.

"'Research has confirmed that in people with autism, word based tasks are processed in the visual parts of the brain. So, if Confucius said 'a picture is worth a thousand words' –  it is certainly a maxim for the hundreds of thousands of students who are visual thinkers. 
Lisa Rogers' book 'Visual Supports for Visual Thinkers' makes a compelling case for taking these words of wisdom into the homes, classrooms and workplaces, where visual learners can often struggle with understanding.
Visual supports can make the transient more tangible and ensure that information is processed with ease and speed. Lisa takes field-tested strategies and makes them easily accessible to the mainstream. By engaging with and implementing the strategies in this comprehensive book, you will be providing an illumination of light bulb moments for visual thinkers everywhere.
Just picture that, if you can!"
- K.I. Al-Ghani, Special education teacher and trainer, author of several books relating to special education for children and adults

"Lisa Rogers helped me understand neurological stress! This book helped me plan out solutions for many students in my school, not just students with ASD. I want my new teachers to read this so that they will gain another perspective for all the kids in their classroom.'
-John Hinds, Principal, North East Independent School District, Texas
'This is an ideal guide for families, teachers, instructional assistants, and other school personnel who want examples of a variety of visuals to address multiple purposes. It provides clear pictures and drawings as well as practitioner friendly explanations for why the visuals will help the student with autism spectrum disorders."
- Rose Iovannone, University of South Florida

"From the foreword by Gary B. Mesibov: For those interested in classroom interventions for people with ASD this book will be a delight. Lisa has a very down to earth and pragmatic way of presenting the basic intervention strategies… Her many vivid examples make the principles come alive and help the reader to understand them fully and their implementation in a way that few other books on this topic are able to do. If all this is not enough, beyond the basics, one also learns how each part of the intervention is connected to the other parts and what empirical research forms the foundation of what you are learning. All in all this is a great package that will inform, expand, and excite the reader with lots of new and exciting ways to better understand what they are doing and many fresh ideas for how to do it better"
- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina