Free Visual Support:Blow Balloon (PDF)
Creating predictable routines around fun and motivating activities is a key to helping young children with Autism and related developmental disabilities stay engaged and learn. This visual support is adapted from one used by a preschool teacher that I consult to, Mrs. O’Neill. This support capitalizes on young children’s interest in balloons and visual excitement, but also lends structure to an activity that can be chaotic. This support has proven to be a useful organizational support for children at all language levels; and therefore, helps children at different developmental levels participate in a common activity. When you look at the support, you will notice the visual symbols have been color coded to correlate with parts of speech- as it is important to infuse the color coding in both expressive and receptive supports. This support was created using Literacy Support pictures (TM) courtesy of Slater Software. The video tutorial describes the use of the support in dynamic, interactive group activity.