Visual Learning for Special Education Students

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Visual Learning for Special Education Students

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There are three major ways that most people learn. Some learn by reading, some learn by doing and others learn by watching. Visual learning supports can be found in the pictures in textbooks and in videos. However, these tools are often not utilized as much as they could be in most classrooms. When they are used frequently, they have been proven to provide a variety of great benefits for students. In fact, a 2006 study showed that they were particularly beneficial when used for teaching autistic children who may struggle to communicate and thus learn.

The most important way that visual support tools can help students is by condensing confusing lessons into visual facts that are more concrete. These tools also help students to focus on their lessons and reduce their anxiety in school. In addition, the 2006 study by Rao and Gagie showed that visual learning tools provide extra structure in the classroom and help students share their thoughts more easily. Some easy ways that these tools can be used are in visual calendars, iPad-based learning, and Picture Exchange Communication Systems.

Integrating Visual Learning into the Ideal Classroom Experience

As can be seen, visual learning tools are great resources not just for special education students but for all students. They are particularly great for autistic students who are learning in a mainstream classroom, but they can help students with all types of disabilities as well as their peers to learn better and faster by tapping into certain regions of the brain.

However, some teachers are hesitant to try visual aids in their classrooms, and other teachers refuse outright to use them at all. Change is difficult, but when these teachers can see just how many benefits visual aids can give them for all of their students, they should feel better about the extra effort that they will be putting into their initial teaching with them.

Becoming a part of the ideal classroom is important for allowing special needs students to succeed in school. Those who are not getting enough support in the classroom need someone to stand up for them and advocate for them with their teachers and with the school district. At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law, we are here to help parents with this important task and to ensure that all of our special education students have the tools they need to succeed in all areas of life.
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