At the age of 2 and half my son had only 3 words, he had poor receptive and expressive language. After participating in many different early intervention programs we soon realised that visual aids (pictures) for learning and communication would help him make his own choices, develop routine, transition from one activity to another, learn the names of food, toys, places in the Community, understand and relate to different emotions and feelings and much, much more.
Using visuals images as a form of communication – starting at home
We started to use photographs (pictures) to develop a weekly schedule to help him understand where we were going, we used the same pictures to talk about what he did that day, building his receptive language.
Picture exchange communication systems – making own choices
Visual aids (pictures) were developed to help him make his own food choices and what activity he wanted to do or toy he wanted to play with.
Getting ready for school – visual prompts & social skills
We also used pictures to prompt “getting ready for school” skills on a now and next board so that he would understand what we are doing now and what is coming next for example, Drawing – Numbers then a reward picture of something he liked to do such as a dinosaur.
With 3 small children at the time, getting ready in the morning and ready for bed in the evening, took a lot of verbal repetition, again we started to use pictures as a concrete form of communication to help them transition through each step of the routine for example eating breakfast – brush teeth – get dressed etc.
SUCCESS and helping others
Other visual aids were developed to help my son transition through each activity at Preschool. All our visual packs we used at home and in a Childcare environment were so successful for us we started to make them for our Speech Therapists, Childcare Centres and other families hence See-n-Speak was born.
All the hard work in the early years were worth it. We no longer need to use visual supports to prompt communication. Over the years we have helped many children and adults with limited or no language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers, Down Syndrome, English as a second language (ESL), Developmental delay, our success is our guarantee!