I want to quickly go over graphic organizers.
Under the category "Visuals", I listed "graphic organizers" under examples of visuals or visual supports. So, what is a graphic organizer? Well, my rough definition is that it is a picture/graphic (or a single display of graphics or shapes) representing specific categories within a certain subject. Well, now that I've totally confused you... let me try again. :) Instead of categorizing or viewing facts or related information in columns or within tables - a graphic organizer supplies better boundaries to help understand the information - it doesn't just all run together.
What is really cool about a graphic organizer is that you can tie it to a child's interest. For example, if a child is really into trains, then the middle/central station could represent a social skill such as physically greetings others. Then the tracks (or lines) from the central station (or middle circle) lead into 5 (more or less) directions. At the end of each line or track is a circle (or square, or printed word) representing skills involved in greeting others (i.e., look at the person, smile, say, "hi", stand (if appropriate), shake hands, etc.). Of course you and your child can get very creative in this endeavor.
A graphic organizer can be a visual of when the television is offered or on for the child. A graphic organizer can look like a satellite from space - with the information beaming out of it.
Well, I hope you get the idea. Have fun with this and try it! I think you'll be amazed (especially if tied to the child's interest) how effective this can be especially if it is used and reviewed, etc.
I'll try to get a visual to you a.s.a.p.! Take care!