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Making positive changes in OSHC with Visual Supports

1 November 2021

Peak Sports and Learning, OSHC service in Ulladulla, identified a barrier relating to challenging behaviour as a result of children needing support with communication and social skills. Through their Strategic Inclusion Plan, the team introduced a visual communication system within their program. They created a range of visual supports focusing on a routine schedule and behavioural expectations.

Through the SIP review process, a new idea of making a visual support called ‘Take what you need’ was identified to support children to show an educator what they would like to do or the help that they need.

This visual support helps children who may have limited communication skills, have English as a second language or are feeling too emotionally overwhelmed to express their needs. Educators have observed reduced frustration and increased levels of engagement in meaningful play and interactions.

The Australian Government funded NSW/ACT Inclusion Agency is managed by KU Children’s Services, in partnership with Include Me and Gowrie NSW.