What is a Visual Support?
A visual support is a picture or other visual item to increase communication and show learners what you are saying. They help provide a concrete representation of what you are trying to communicate when you are using strategies to increase engagement, motivation, and predictability. Visual supports can be pictures, drawings, objects, words, or lists. Download and print our go-to visual support templates below and start using them at home or in the community.
3 Box Visual Schedule
Display the order of activities and increase predictability and structure (can be used as a choice board).
10 Token Board
Reinforce small steps and celebrate with a preferred item or activity after individual receives all 10 tokens.
Use a first-then board to incorporate a fun/preferred activity and increase motivation.
Use a wait card to provide a concrete representation of the abstract concept of “waiting”.
Creating Visual Supports
Tip Sheets For Coaches, Sports & Recreation Staff and Parents
In collaboration with viaSport, we have developed 10 tip sheets for coaches and community recreation staff to reference when supporting athletes with autism in a sports and recreation or community setting.
Download and print all 10 tip sheets below:
Building Rapport with an Athlete/Participant with Autism
Conversation Tool Kit: for Coaches and Recreation Staff
Conversation Tool Kit: for Parents of Children/Youth with Autism
Crisis Management for Athletes with Diverse Abilities
Motivation Strategies for Athletes with Autism
Talking with Officials about Autism
Talking with other Parents about an Athlete with Autism
Team Code of Conduct: for Sports Programs
Tips for Including a Child with Autism in an Inclusive Sport/Rec Program
What is Autism? Info for Coaches and Recreation Staff
PISE/CAN Adapted Physical Literacy Resource Booklet
I CAN Develop Physical Literacy is a resource for anyone in the community working with children on the autism spectrum. The resource is intended to support teachers, coaches and community recreation leaders who want to incorporate inclusive physical literacy into their programming. The resource provides a brief introduction to autism with a focus on support strategies, behavior support tools, and how to modify activities to create optimal challenge.
Canucks Autism Network Video Resources
Video Modelling for Sports and Rec Skills
Video modelling can be a great teaching tool and may help some individuals on the autism spectrum to learn specific skills. Videos can be watched before trying a new activity or in between practices to remind participants of what they are learning.
Visit the Canucks Autism Network Video Models YouTube channel to view a collection of video models for our sports and rec programs.
Video Examples of Support Strategies
At Canucks Autism Network, we use a variety of strategies to support individuals with autism in the sport and recreation setting. These strategies can serve as instructional tools for teachers, coaches, and community recreation leaders to increase motivation, communication, predictability, and participation in community recreation.
Visit the Canucks Autism Network Support Strategy YouTube channel to view examples of our staff utilizing these support strategies across various community recreation activities.
This video series was generously funded by Autism Speaks Canada.
Help us create more resources!
At Canucks Autism Network, we believe that success is achieved through shared knowledge, strong partnerships and collective capacity. We are always looking for funders and partners who are interested in collaborating with us to create new resources.