Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Language of Pictures



A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are equal ...


Praise from their Peers:

Research clearly shows that individuals with autism spectrum disorders are visual learners. However, to date, very little has been written about how to use visuals to teach skills. Instead, the emphasis has been on using this medium as schedules, boundary markers, recipe books, task cards, etc. While important, we need to go beyond these uses of visuals to facilitate learning. This book explains the visual mind of the person with autism in a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand manner. Most importantly, the authors show us how to create visuals to teach visual learners skills that will help them reach their all-too-often unrealized potential. A must read.

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., consultant with the Ziggurat Group; recipient of the 2004 Autism Society of America's Outstanding Professional Award and the 2006 Princeton Fellowship Award; author of numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism, including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adoles-cence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon)

Hurray! Finally! I have waited for this book for 18 years! Never again can a teacher, parent, or provider say, 'I tried visuals and they didn't work: The authors take you into the fascinating world and mind of the visual thinker. Temple Grandin taught us that people with autism think in visual concepts. Carol Gray brought us Social Stories and Comic Book Conversations. Now Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders - The Language of Pictures connects the missing pieces and teaches us how we can have true understanding and communication with someone on the autism spectrum. This is a must-read for anyone who lives or works with a person with autism and is bound to become a classic. This important book is to be celebrated!

Tabitha Orth, author of Visual Recipes, A Cookbook for Non-Readers

As a professional in the field of autism and a person with autism, I am often called upon to help solve an array of behaviors displayed by those on the autism spectrum. Occasionally, unwanted behaviors are 'solved' by adjusting the kinds of visuals used. In one case, by adding the child to each of his schedule pictures so he appeared in the picture with each instructor/therapist, the result was ultimately no more tantrums at times of transition, thus 'fixing' the behavior problem. At times like this, I have been unable to explain to others why an intervention works. For myself, I know that the sound and movement of the colors inside me matched with the child and that it was that match that caused me to know what would work. My neurology is set up to think in pictures. Along the way in life, I have taught myself how my thinking in pictures works for me. Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders - The Language of Pictures has not only given me the words to know and explain why some of my interventions for children with autism work, it has also allowed me to understand my own way of thinking better.

Judy Endow, MSW, autism consultant and author of Making Lemonade: Hints for Autism's Helpers, Paper Words - Discovering and Living with My Autism, The Power of Words (DVD), Outsmarting Explosive Behavior: A Visual System of Support and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the 2010 Hidden Curriculum One-A-Day Calendar for Older Adolescents and Adults

While it is generally agreed that most people on the autism spectrum are visual thinkers, few of us have thought explicitly about how to use visuals to help our students think. In this groundbreaking book, Arwood, Kaulitz, and Brown explore and explain how persons at different levels of sensory and cognitive functioning need visual information presented differently to facilitate their individual thinking and learning. This information helps us all (parents and professionals) to shift our perspective away from using visuals that make sense to us, to creating visuals that are designed to facilitate the student's understanding. This book clearly demonstrates the 'science' behind the art!

Michelle Garcia Winner, speech-language pathologist and social cognitive specialist; and author of multiple books, including Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students and Thinking About YOU, Thinking About ME

Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders - The Language of Pictures begins where other visual strategy approaches leave off. Prepare for a deeper understanding of how many individuals with ASD process their world. You will find concrete ideas to help identify stages of cognitive de-velopment that inform ways to facilitate learning in the classroom and the social environment. The authors provide the key to unlocking our understanding of how to use visual materials for students with ASD who struggle with social language and critical thinking. My own son's cognition has grown by leaps and bounds through his exposure to this approach. This book is a must-have for the libraries of everybody who cares about ways to effectively teach individuals who need visual thinking strategies.

Lisa A Lieberman, MSW, LCSW, parent of a young adult with ASD, counselor, national speaker, and author of A Stranger Among Us: Hiring In-home Support for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Neurological Differences

It is well established that individuals with ASD tend to be visual learners, but this book brings to light multiple styles of visual learners and provides methods for identifying them and strategies for addressing their unique needs. As a professional, this is an intriguing notion to me, and as a mom, it gets my wheels turning considering how to better meet the learning needs of my own children by identifying their unique visual learning style. Recommended!

Kristi Sakai, parent of three children with ASD, counselor, national presenter, and author of Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family, winner of the 2006 Autism Society of America Literary Work of the Year

Product Number: Aut02

Year Published: 2009

Catalog Information: ISBN: 193457550X, 9781934575505 LCCN: 2009929576


Mabel M. Brown, M.A. More Information
Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D. More Information
Carole Kaulitz, M.Ed., CCC-SLP More Information