Visual Support Project

The Visual Support Project, established in East Lothian in March 2016, is a joint venture between Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) and the Educational Psychology Service.

The project involves an initial training session with the whole nursery team to discuss how to implement and embed visuals creating an inclusive communication environment. This universal approach aims to support all children, including those with additional support needs.

Short and longer-term evaluations highlighted positive outcomes in terms of children being more aware of routines and increased understanding of verbal information. Staff reported that they were using visual timetables and environmental visuals more consistently and referring to them more often. Positively, children are taking responsibility by setting up the visuals.  Moreover, visual timetables can facilitate discussion with parents/carers regarding the session’s activities.

We are currently offering this resource to local authority and partnership nurseries in East Lothian.

If you are interested in the Visual Support Project for your nursery, please contact the SLT team on

0131 446 4009 or email

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