Use visual supports to increase understanding

Middle years

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Visual supports include pictures, such as stick-figure drawings, photographs or cartoons, and words, i.e., written materials. You can support students to access and understand information by consistently supplementing oral communication (talking) with visual and/or written instructions and materials.

Visual supports are useful for all students and…

  • make abstract concepts concrete
  • increase understanding
  • are ‘intransient’ – students can refer back to the support

This practice will help students to

work independently

understand changes

stay calm

finish activities

This practice will help teachers to

increase teachable moments

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This practice is from the core research project



5 Mar 2021


8 Sep 2021

Visual supports are used to help students something concrete to refer. It helps in terms of better understand and can refer to anytime when they need to check and in turns help students to stay calm.


3 May 2022