You asked me a question several weeks ago in class…do I feel overwhelmed with all the visual supports and communication interventions? In retrospect, I feel you are entitled to a more thorough response. I used to feel overwhelmed, and sometimes I still feel overwhelmed
I have learned to prioritize in very small increments, by isolating the essential pieces and then building into the existing system or creating new visual supports slowly. When I was working in the capacity of the classroom teacher the staff and I integrated and used visual communication intervention throughout all contexts of the day, consistently. Communication supports were physically accessible in the areas where activities occured… a natural component of our experiences together as a learning community.
Also, I learned over time to focus energy on developing visual strategies for one target goal at a time, implementation towards the target goal, and for one student at a time and then to systemically move forward. It requires choreography on a time continuum.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I need to produce in behalf of students that I do not provide direct service to …then I must rely on the performance of the staff to inplement the practice. I become frustrated when I do not have adequate time to create visual supports for the direct service I provide. My favorite teachers are the ones who are genuinely engaged with students with ASD and implement interventions consistently.
I really feel overwhelmed when I look in my car, my garage, my closets and attic, and see tubs of visual tools! I have been servicing a very large district, in and out of buildings and classrooms, for a very long time! LOL I like being focused on one person or one group in a very direct and effective manner, then everyone wins! I also like data that demonstrates results!