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Browse tip sheets, visual support templates, and videos to understand, accept, and support individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Tip Sheets

Learn fundamental strategies to help you support individuals on the autism spectrum in your community!
For Sport Leaders, Coaches, and Community Recreation Staff
For Community Spaces

We are happy to collaborate with community partners like City of Surrey, Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, TransLink, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Science World, and Rogers Arena to create resources for individuals on the autism spectrum.



Online Visual Walkthrough



How to Create Visual Supports

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.

Watch this video on how to create your own visual supports at home:

Visual Support Templates

2 Box Choice Board or 3 Box Choice Board 
Increase motivation by providing two or three choices.

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.

Countdown Strip  or Countdown Strip with Words or Countdown Strip with Numbers 
Count down from five to increase predictability and motivation.

First/Then Board 
Use a first-then board to incorporate a fun/preferred activity and increase motivation.

Wait Card  
Use a wait card to provide a concrete representation of the abstract concept of “waiting”.

Video Resource Library

Video modelling can be a great teaching tool and may help some individuals on the autism spectrum learn specific skills.

At Canucks Autism Network, we use a variety of strategies to support individuals on the autism spectrum 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.

Canucks Autism Network Video Models YouTube channel features:

  • Sports and rec skills – these can be watched before trying a new sports and rec activity or in between practices to remind participants of what they are learning. Our video model library features skills and activities from swimming, soccer, basketball and more!
  • Community activities – these can be watched before attempting a new activity in the community or as a helpful reminder for appropriate behaviour in community-based scenarios. Our how-to videos include “riding the bus”, “using a fitness centre” and “what to do when you are lost”.

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