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.
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.