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Visual Supports

Visual supports can be helpful in supporting young people with autism. These can aid understanding and reduce levels of anxiety, therefore encouraging participation and appropriate behaviour. Speak to the parent or carer about anything that may be useful for the young person.

The youth resources available from Scout Shops, contain basic information for all young people, about Scouting and the section, or about badges and awards. These may be useful for a young person with autism, to help prepare them for joining a section or in their transition into the section.

Examples that can be created specifically for the individual, can include:

Schedule/ timetable - eg. the Programme for the term - this could be provided for the section as a whole

Visual stories - information to help the young person to understand what to expect and what will be expected of them. These can be used to support:

Some sample visual stories can be downloaded here. These include joining a section, going on a camp and making your Promise.

For more information about social stories (type of visual story) from the National Autistic Society click here

Visual reminders - a Section Code of Conduct (see scouts.org.uk/behaviour) is a good example and could be made more visual with symbols/ pictures, for the whole section. 

Visual prompts - can be used to support communication or the giving of instructions. This could be written or printed text, symbols, pictures, photographs or objects.

Further information about visual supports is available from the National Autistic Society at autism.org.uk/visualsupports


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