Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. Children on the Autism Spectrum thrive on routine, visuals, and calm learning environments. Visual supports are effective tools for students who need additional support to understand and communicate. Visual supports are easily accessible, adapted to skill level, and tailored to specific interests and activities. In this literature review with application, I will explore different types of visual supports and describe situations in which visual supports are used effectively. I will go in-depth about the different types of visual supports, why visual supports are important, and when to use visual supports successfully with students.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis