Visual Supports - An Evidence Based Practice

Oct 25, 2020


Welcome to Fountain of Hope, your trusted source for evidence-based practices and support in the community. In this article, we will dive into the world of visual supports and explore their significant impact on communication and learning for individuals with different abilities.

The Power of Visual Supports

Visual supports are tools that utilize visual aids, such as pictures, symbols, schedules, and charts, to enhance communication, comprehension, and independence. They provide visual cues to help individuals understand and interpret information effectively.

Enhancing Communication

For individuals with speech or language difficulties, visual supports serve as a powerful means of communication. By incorporating visual cues alongside verbal language, these supports help bridge communication gaps and promote understanding.

Visual supports can be used in various settings, such as at home, in school, or in community settings, to reinforce familiar routines, express needs and preferences, and facilitate social interactions. They provide individuals with a method to express themselves, reducing frustration and promoting positive communication experiences.

Facilitating Learning

Visual supports play a crucial role in facilitating the learning process for individuals with different abilities. They provide structure, clarity, and predictability, enabling learners to comprehend and retain information more effectively.

When incorporated into educational settings, visual supports assist teachers in delivering instructions, breaking down complex tasks, and enhancing comprehension. By providing a visual representation of information, learners can grasp concepts, follow sequential steps, and engage actively in the learning process.

Types of Visual Supports

Visual supports can take various forms, tailored to meet individual needs and preferences. Some common types include:

Schedules and Timetables

Schedules and timetables are visual supports that outline routines, activities, and events in a structured and predictable manner. By presenting information visually, individuals can anticipate and prepare for upcoming events, reducing anxiety and promoting independence.

Social Stories

Social stories are narratives that describe social situations, behaviors, and appropriate responses. They provide individuals with clear guidelines and expectations, enabling them to navigate social interactions successfully. Social stories promote social understanding, empathy, and overall social-emotional development.

Visual Cue Cards

Visual cue cards are portable tools that individuals can carry to help them express their needs, make choices, or request assistance. These cards feature visual symbols or pictures associated with specific actions or requests, empowering individuals to communicate effectively even in challenging situations.

Visual Schedules

Visual schedules are visual representations of tasks or steps involved in completing an activity. They help individuals organize their time, prioritize tasks, and develop a sense of routine and structure. Visual schedules promote independence, reduce anxiety, and enhance task completion.

Fountain of Hope - Supporting Your Journey

At Fountain of Hope, we understand the importance of evidence-based practices in empowering individuals and fostering inclusivity within the community. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing comprehensive support in implementing visual supports effectively.

Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or individual seeking guidance, we offer training, resources, and consultations to assist you in incorporating visual supports into daily life and educational settings. Together, we can create an environment that promotes communication, learning, and growth for all.

Our Services

  • Educational workshops on the implementation of visual supports
  • One-on-one consultations and personalized support plans
  • Resource library with visual support materials
  • Collaboration with schools and community organizations
  • Support groups for individuals and families


Visual supports are a powerful evidence-based practice that has shown tremendous benefits for individuals with different abilities. By incorporating visual cues and tools, we can enhance communication, facilitate learning, and promote independence. Fountain of Hope is here to support you on your journey, providing the necessary resources and expertise to make visual supports a part of your everyday life. Together, we can create a more inclusive and supportive community.

Rehan Mallick
So helpful for everyone! 🌈
Nov 9, 2023
Roderick Fernandez
This is amazing! ✨
Nov 8, 2023
Stacy Dewitt
Visual supports have transformed communication and learning for individuals with different abilities. 🌟
Oct 9, 2023