Death and Grief

Behaviour Sequence

This sequence of visuals was drawn up by request for a school putting together a unit to help students with special needs understand what death and grief is and possible reactions to grief.

The pictures show what a funeral may look like and basic pictures of what may cause death. These are followed by pictures of what it means for someone to be to be dead - including no talk, no walk, no see, no hear, no breath, no pain and no heartbeat. Finally included are pictures of possible responses to someone dying.

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This series of visuals are designed to be used on a lanyard (neck tie) for easy and regular access when communicating with children with special needs. They include visuals relating to behaviour, emotions, basic instructions and basic needs. 

This size and format of these visuals are designed to be hole punched in the corner and then worn on a lanyard around the parents/careers/teachers neck. We  placed the series of visuals back to back for easier reference and also to make the size of the card pack less bulky.

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Bus Travel

This sequence of visuals was drawn to assist people in aiming to catch public transport independently.

It considers the needs of getting to the bus stop on time, knowing how to behave while waiting at the bus stop and whilst on the bus, how to look for the right stop and what to do if they do get off at the wrong stop.

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Night Routine

This sequence of visuals can help children in understanding the steps/routine required to get ready for bed.

The sequence contains general images representative of the different actions that the child may need to do to get ready for bed and sleeping. Each image can be used in conjunction with a more detailed sequence when trying to learn independence in that action. More detailed sequences of toileting, bath time and meal time are also available as "Free visual sequences".

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Going to the dentist

This sequence was created to help reduce anxiety for children visiting the dentist.

The pictures are drawn to help children understand what they might see and encounter when visiting a dentist. It includes the basic routine of going into the dentist, seeing the receptionist, waiting, going into the surgery, sitting in the chair and what may happen in the chair.

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This series  of visuals can help children to express to their teachers/ careers / parents how they are feeling so as to solicit an appropriate response. They can also be used  as a teaching tool  to help children understand how to label their emotions and what emotions others around them may be feeling. These visuals have also been used when teaching children to understand what a fictional character in a book may be feeling in regard to different events. 

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Having a blood test

The purpose of this sequence of visuals is to allow people with special needs to understand what will happen when they go for a blood test. The hope is that in knowing what will happen anxiety and adverse reactions to the needle might be reduced.

These pictures were made up on request  for a client that had to go for regular blood tests. It includes the basic procedure for collecting blood samples - putting on tourniquet, nurse putting needle in, looking away, staying still, tourniquet and needle being removed, plaster/band-aid applied and then finished with a reward.

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Hand Washing

Behaviour Sequence

This sequence of visuals can help people in understanding and completing the steps necessary to properly wash their hands.

The sequences breaks down the action of washing hands into small step by step instructions from pulling sleeves up to turning the tap on,using soap and drying hands with a hand towel.

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Getting a Hair Cut

This sequence of visuals  can help reduce anxiety for children, and in particular children with special needs when going for a haircut. It follows each of the main steps so parents/careers can show the pictures  ahead of time to the child or it can also be used during the activity so as to help with understanding,calmness and compliance. 

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Morning Routine

This sequence of visuals can help children in understanding the steps/routine required to get ready for the day.

The sequence contains general images representative of the different actions that the child may need to do to get ready in the morning. Focus is given to a more detailed sequence of getting dressed to aid independence. The more detail sequences of toileting and meal time can also be printed off from the selection of "Free visual sequences" and used in conjunction with the morning routine.

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Swimming Lessons

This sequence of visuals can help children in understanding instructions being given during a swimming lesson.

This sequences was originally designed to help swimming teachers with special needs students attending lessons with their school group.The focus was on helping students understand the routine of changing and waiting in line for their turn and what to do when the lesson was over.


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Teeth Cleaning

This sequence of visuals can help children with properly cleaning their teeth.

This sequence of visuals breaks down the skill of teeth cleaning into specific steps to allow the child to learn to clean all sections of their teeth with both open and closed mouth.This sequence of drawings worked amazingly with my son who went from thinking just sticking the toothbrush in and out of his mouth equalled teeth brushing to actually doing a very thorough job.

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This sequence can be used to encourage independence in bathing. They contains visuals that can can be arranged in varying order to encourage the individual to wash all body parts - or specific ones can be used to help prompt memory if only particular body parts are missed when washing.

This is actually the first sequence I drew. This is when I realised how incredible visuals were to aid learning.

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Toilet Training

This sequence of visuals can help children in learning how to go to the toilet independently.

This sequence breaks down activity of going to the toilet, wiping your bottom and washing and drying hands into very specific steps. It is useful to aid in independence when toileting in both home and public settings. The sequence is presented with a footstool for younger children and without for older children.

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Having a Shower

This sequence of visuals were created to help achieve independence in showering.The pictures guide boys through the steps of showering from undressing, turning taps on to washing different body parts, drying off and redressing.

The visuals can be used a s a complete sequential set to achieve the whole activity or just a few select pictures to aid remembering specific actions.

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This series of visuals can be used to help children, special needs students in particular, in knowing and understanding what behaviour is expected of them and to allow greater communication where speech is often delayed.

This series contains common displayed behaviours. There are two types of visuals used to modify behaviour. Firstly those behaviours that are not acceptable displaying a "no" symbol through them and secondly  preferred behaviour options.

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Meal Time

This sequence of visuals can be used to help children understand a basic meal time routine. It also contains visuals to help children with food choices.

This sequence of visuals contains basic actions to prepare for a meal and clear after. It also has a number of simple food drawing. We had these  Velcroed on our fridge for quite a few years.I used them to help Tom learn to make choices by offering him two food/drink pictures from which he would point and indicate his selection. Tom would also come to the visuals on the fridge and point to or pull off the food visual he wanted and give it to us allowing him to indicate his wants.

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