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Visual supports can be very helpful in helping children and young people with a range of additional support needs. They support communication and can be used in various environments and locations and in many situations.  

Visual supports can be printed and laminated on A4 size paper or made smaller and attached to a keyring which is accessible by the child or young person. Staff may carry a keyring as well to prompt and model use. 

Visual Supports are commonly used for: 

  • Timetables 
  • Schedules 
  • Choice boards
  • Helping a child communicate how they are feeling 
  • Health and safety communication 
  • Supporting social communication e.g. visual scripts 
  • Offering a range of coping strategies.