Visual Supports

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Visual Supports (VS)

By using visual supports (VS), the learner with ASD might be able to process information easier and more quickly.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about visual supports (VS).
  • Applying VS in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The VS module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for VS 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of VS 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for VS 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using VS 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring VS 25 minutes
Applying VS 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2015). Visual supports. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the visual support (VS) module (PDF document, 2 pages)


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