Functional Communication

ndividuals with special needs who are non-verbal or who do not consistently express their wants and needs via verbal communication must have an alternative method to do so.  Visual tools such as picture cards can provide individuals who are non-verbal with a way to express themselves.   In some cases, a picture-based communication system can ultimately serve as the bridge to verbal communication. 


General Considerations


View2Do is an online program that lets teachers and parents create customized teaching aids for visual learners.

Picture Cards

Print these FREE ready-to-use communication tools.

How to use picture cards

Methods of using pictures include schedules to organize activities, strips to tell a story, and individual cards exchanged with another person as a form of visual talking.

Printable forms and templates

These are forms that you can easily print out and customize for your individual needs.

Visual tools to promote functional communication

The Basics of Reciprocal Communication

We communicate with others to make our needs and desires known.

Making Choices

Children with special needs can be successful in a classroom environment that establishes appropriate expectations and goals.

Making Requests

In order to successfully manage a room full of students, you must establish clearly defined procedures.

Concrete to Abstract Activity Choice Board

This board shows different transition objects from the most concrete to the most abstract.