Why use Visual Aids for learning?
Visuals (or pictures) are a great tool for seeing and understanding. Visual aids allow children the time they need to process what they are being asked to do. They do not disappear into thin air to be forgotten as spoken words or hand gestures do. Visuals can also be sequenced to breakdown and learn a skill bit by bit. Visuals remain the same and allow for identical rehearsal and consistent memory pathways to be created. With this rehearsal and memory of sequenced activities comes learning and understanding and ultimately increased confidence and self esteem. Visual aids should be used in conjunction with other forms of communication such as speech,signing and tactile experiences.
Who can benefit from Visual Aids?
All Children can benefit from using visual aids and especially those who fit into the following categories:
• Down Syndrome
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Language Disorders and Delays
• Hearing Impairment
• Developmental Delay
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• English as a Second Language
• Learning Difficulties
What difficulties will be assisted by using visual aids?
Visuals will help children who have difficulties with:
• listening and attending
• understanding and responding
• processing sequenced information
• motivation and play
• following instructions and routines
• anxiety and resistance to change
• social isolation and shyness
• challenging behaviour
The Aim of Visual Aids for Learning Company
Visual Aids for learning develops images to streamline and support learning; empowering people to participate and achieve success and independence. The aim of Visual Aids for Learning is to improve the independence and self esteem of all people with learning difficulties. The resources have been developed in consultation with teachers trained in early childhood, primary school, high school and speech therapy. Each of these professionals is also the parent of a child with developmental delays. A number of Psychologists have also reviewed, made suggestions, and enhanced the resources available.
Much thanks to Helen Wheatley, Judy Davidson and Siena O'Brien who have been a great encouragement and given wise counsel and insightful advise as Visual Aids for Learning has come about and grown.