Autism Support

The western education system is dominated by words. Linear, lexical information transmission is the norm, and most of us don’t think twice about it. We train our children to think and learn in words from a very early age, marginalising alternative ways of processing information. This can have a limiting, or even devastating, effect on learners.


Would you like a method that’s..

  • Easy to Use

  • Fun

  • Affordable

Footnotes can help Autistic children as well as adults with learning, spelling, remembering, distraction and organisation by using a series of grids.

Click here to see which audiences Footnotes is suitable for.

How can visual learning help the Autistic learner?

  • Uses quick and easy to learn visual communication techniques that avoid long strips of verbal instructions. Autistic individuals respond best to short instructions at various intervals
  • Generally children and adults are good at drawing and art. Footnotes uses exactly this to tap into the individual’s creativity
  • It gives an unique insight into the mind of a visual thinker
  • Most individuals with autism are visual thinkers, which means they learn best through images. Footnotes uses images as well as tapping into the creative part of the brain to formulate ideas and conclusions by taking different images. These are then placed together to form the whole picture
  • Proven successful in all levels of Education, from pre-school to postgraduate through various countries using various mapping tools
  • Suitable for autistic as well as dyslexic individuals allowing the capturing of hidden thought processing beyond the realm of words


  • Youth and Community Worker: “I recently read the book “In search of words – footnotes visual thinking techniques” by Oliver West. I found it a deeply moving book. As a dyslexic and visual thinker, so much of his book resonated with me. This is my journey, as I took notes, and then in words so it makes sense to others than me…”
  • “Shed some tears of empathy and connection, when reading your book. You have really inspired me to believe that by acknowledging and tapping into my different learning style, I can achieve at University level, although some of my prof’s are doubtful…….which just makes me even more determined.”
  • “Dyslexics listening to him are astonished to hear someone talking to them in a language they can understand. They may even feel that for the first time they have met another human being.!! For non-dyslexics his words, written or spoken, are a revelation. A whole new world is suddenly opened up for them. Here is a way to contact creative minds and, what is more, to rouse one’s own creative skills…”