Visual aids can be used to help children understand spoken language as they provide extra visual clues. Many children will find that having visual support available makes it easier for them to process what is happening. Visual support in the form of photographs, symbols, pictures or objects is much better than using words alone – once you’ve said them, they have gone, but with a visual support the message is there much more permanently.
They can be beneficial for all children, but are particularly useful for children with language processing difficulties, hearing and attention difficulties, memory difficulties, children who are learning English as an additional language and those with additional needs or social communication difficulties.
Visual support makes life predictable, understandable and positive. Knowing what is going to happen next can reduce stress and lead to calmer and more co-operative behaviour, as well as help children understand how to do something.