Free Visual Support:Taking turns (PDF)
Turn taking often presents significant challenges for children with Autism and related disabilities, as it requires ongoing social monitoring, understanding of social routines, and waiting. This visual support is designed to help children understand and actively participate in turn taking, by providing clear visual feedback related to the progression of the interaction. The downloadable support consists of a blank pie chart with 6 spaces. Each of these spaces represents a person that may be involved in the turn taking interaction. Spaces can be filled in with either photographs or written names, depending on the child’s level of understanding. It is also recommended to affix an arrow to the center of the support with a brad. This allows for the arrow to move easily from space to space, thereby, supporting a childís ability to monitor the turns of others as they occur and to predict when his/her turn will be occurring.