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 behavior. 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.
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.
Foreword by Gary B. Mesibov