Visual Supports During Transitions - Using Boardmaker


Activities for this Course: In addition to watching the video and exploring the links, course requirements include answering 3 Essential Questions and completing a Lesson Plan that incorporates the strategies learned.

Description: This on-line presentation will discuss common types of transitions that individuals with Autism may face during a typical day. Using the Boardmaker Software Family, the session will then demonstrate different types of visual supports that may help them through with these times of change. You will walk away from this session with a greater understanding of how to set up your student for successful transitions through the changes in life using the Boardmaker Software Family. Please think about how these principles apply to other students who do not have autism, but still struggle with transitions.

After you have explored this site, please take time to answer the following Essential Questions:
Essential Question 1:
How does this information apply to my student(s)?
Essential Question 2: What are the steps I will take to implement the idea(s) from this training?
Essential Question 3: What resources are necessary to make this plan a success (other teachers, classrooms, materials, etc)?


If you don't know about Boardmaker, please check out the Mayer-Johnson website before proceeding.

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Using Visual Supports to Support Individuals with Autism during Daily Transitions
In order to view this video, you will need to register or log-in with Dynavox / Mayer-Johnson.

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Once you have watched the video, please refer to the Adapted Learning Board Sharing website for boards related to transitions and schedules. These symbol displays only work with the Boardmaker software. However, if you do not have Boardmaker, check out the following sites for free symbols that you can use for behavioral supports:

Use Visual Strategies has some picture cards for schedules, emotions, and self-management.
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DoToLearn has some picture cards (including social/behavior categories) and schedules.
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For more information about other types of schedules and links, visit the blog http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/2009/09/daily-schedule-systems.html


Don't forget to write your answers to the Essential Questions in the Discussions tab of this WIKI (look at the top of this page). Be sure to include your name and position in your post:
Essential Question 1: How does this information apply to my student(s)?
Essential Question 2: What are the steps I will take to implement the idea(s) from this training?
Essential Question 3: What resources are necessary to make this plan a success (other teachers, classrooms, materials, etc)?

Send your Lesson Plan to dwagner@msd38.org