Children with Disabilities

Visual Supports

Some children have difficulty understanding verbal instructions and requests. Not understanding the expectations of a learning environment, what to do, or what will happen next can have a negative effect on a child’s participation and engagement in activities, routines, and interactions. Head Start staff can use pictures or visuals in a variety of ways to present important information in a way that helps children understand and use it. Visual supports encourage engagement and learning in many different settings — including in the classroom, at home, and in the community — as well as across routines and activities.

This high-quality collection of visuals and supports can be printed and used immediately to support young children's development and learning. Each visual support includes a guide that explains what the support is, why it might be used, and how to increase the participation, engagement, and learning of children in your learning environment.