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Mind mapping for children with ASD and other learning disabilities by Mind Map: Mind mapping for children with
ASD and other learning
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Mind mapping for children with ASD and other learning disabilities

Articles, studies and books

Mind mapping for children with ASD

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities on visual supports

Mind mapping apps for students with learning disabilities

Study: Gardill, M. C., & Jitendra, A. K. (1999). Advanced Story Map Instruction: Effects on the Reading Comprehension of Students with Learning Disabilities.

Beaney, J. and Kershaw, P. (2003) Positive Thinking Skills. Special, Summer

How ADHD Students Use Mind Mapping Tools at School

Thinking and learning strengths in children with autism spectrum disorder

Temple Grandin: Thinking in Pictures

Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Brower, F. (2007) 100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum. London, Continuum.

Using Mind Mapping in Outreach Efforts, by The Outreach Librarian

Mind mapping as a teaching tool in general

Scientific Research and Studies - a report by ThinkBuzan Ltd

Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read

Use of premade mind maps to enhance simulation learning

Mind mapping and learning (Johns Hopkins School of Education)

Mind Mapping, the main learning platform at Seabrook Primary School, Australia

Study: “Graphic Organizers: A Review of Scientifically Based Research” (2003)

A summary of Marzano’s “Classroom Instruction That Works”

Case Study

Danny Cayelli

13 years old

High-functioning autism

Uses mind maps for his reading comprehension assignments

Has improved his grades from F to B using an online mind mapping tool

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Uses and benefits

Main benefits

See the whole picture

Make out links between single topics

Understand hierarchy and connections

Easy and fun

Learning by doing instead of abstract information

Mental triggers improve memory and recall

More senses involved

Main uses

Mapping out and expressing thoughts


Collecting and organizing information


Problem solving

Dissecting large topics

Memorizing information

Presenting and communicating information