Errorless Learning and Visual learning Strategies

*A version of this post was previously published on March 24, 2016. This post contains affiliate links.

Today, I discuss how I use errorless learning and visual learning strategies when teaching my special needs daughter, Bethany

Some people learn best when the material they are expected to learn is presented in a highly visual manner.

They need lots of pictures, diagrams, and videos in order to remember what they’ve been taught.

People that learn best this way are called visual learners.

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My daughter, Bethany is predominantly a visual learner.

As a result, I am always on the look out for and creating visual learning materials to teach her just about anything she needs to learn.

Since she is learning at the PreK- first grade level, most of her lessons are presented using pictures paired with printed words or simple sentences.

I have found that Cut and Paste, Flash Cards, educational puzzles, diagrams, drawings and Matching Games are great strategies to use for teaching Bethany sight words, science concepts, math skills, and well, just about anything, really.

When Bethany was younger, I used illustrated social stories and visual schedules to teach her social and self-help skills and to let her know what was going to happen during her day.

Visual learners who can read may benefit from writing down the information they are expected to learn.

Using written social stories and schedules, graphics, images, charts, outlines, story maps,  diagrams are all great ways to make lessons more visual, as well!

Using color cues, framing, and symbols to highlight key information may also be helpful for those who can read.

Essentially, errorless learning is a method of teaching which presents the lesson in such a way as to not allow the learner to make a mistake. 

For example:
I created a color sight word matching game by writing the color names in black on one side of the paper and on the other side I wrote them in their respective colors (as a fail proof hint) so that Bethany can successfully draw a line to match up the words correctly.

I also created Bethany an errorless learning book to help her learn animal names!

I use this strategy when teaching Bethany because I don’t want her memory imprinted with incorrect information.

I don’t want errors and wrong answers to be what sticks in her memory!

Errorless learning strategies are perfect for students like Bethany, who feel a great need to succeed and always be correct!

This educational method has seriously reduced Bethany’s anxiety and fear of failing when learning new concepts!

Errorless learning makes learning a positive experience and helps motivate the student to keep learning new concepts!

Check out the videos below to see some of the visuals and errorless learning materials I use and created when teaching my daughter, Bethany!

You may also be interested in:
4 Common Autism Teaching Methods, Autism Thinking Styles and Educational Methods, and Activities for Visual and Kinesthetic Learners


Books that I have, use, and highly recommend!

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2 Replies to “Errorless Learning and Visual learning Strategies

  1. Hello Sylvia,
    Thank you for all you do. I enjoy your blog and vlog posts daily, and comment when I am able. Visiting your page always feels like sitting down to tea with a longtime friend who shares many of my same feelings and experiences, and brings new information and perspective to the table to keep me growing and learning on my path to supporting my children.
    Along those lines, I also create materials for my 10 year old son with ASD to use. I have often wished there was a place I could upload the files for other families to use, if they’d be helpful. I am not a trained educator, and we do not homeschool, but through years of trial and error have developed worksheets and activities that work well for my son at home and in the classroom, and may for others, as well. Because of your amazing ability to organize resources and information so well on your site, I was wondering if you’ve ever considered having a link-up type page or event where parents could share such materials? Or are aware of the site that already does that?
    It would be nice for parents who are just beginning on their journey to have some examples to start from…which is why it is so generous and gracious of you to share the resources you have created!
    Just a thought!
    Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

    1. Thanks so much, Lori! I would love to see what you’ve created! I have a link up right here every weekend. There are 2 other special needs link ups and a lot of homeschooling link ups that would love to hear form you, I’m sure. Do you have a website?

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