A textual prompt can be helpful when words might be too much. It might be a reward system such as when a child struggles to commit to their homework. You may provide a visual prompt for them to see 15 minutes homework = 15 minutes ipad.
Textual prompts can be particularly helpful for children with additional needs. It basically provides them a visual means with which to understand what is required of them in addition to a verbal instruction, and for some children this can help a) to reduce their anxiety about the demands required and b) help them to stay on track.
Examples of when you might use a textual prompt
In a classroom setting with a child who struggles to follow verbal instructions about the task at hand. You would present the child with written instructions offering them the sequence of activities they need to do.
- A child who struggles with conversation. You might offer a child a template to follow for when they are having a conversation.