Visual supports can be used to help people on the autism spectrum. They are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations.

We see and use visual prompts every day, for example road signs, maps and shopping lists. They help us to function, to understand the world around us, and provide us with valuable information.

Many autistic people are thought to be visual learners, so presenting information in a visual way can help to encourage and support people's communication, language development and ability to process information. It can also promote independence, build confidence and raise self-esteem.

This page contains lots of illustrations, so we have made it available as a PDF for optimum formatting, especially if you wish to print it:

Visual supports (PDF)