The Visual Immersion System (VIS) was originally developed at Boston Children’s Hospital Boston for individuals with moderate-severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As the system was refined and studied over decades of use, it became evident that the principles, techniques and tools of the VIS also offer significant learning opportunities for those with a mild autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delays, Down syndrome, pragmatic language disorders, and other related disorders.
Currently, the VIS is applied with a wide variety of individuals evidencing complex communication needs. It is continually being developed and studied in Puddingstone Place’s network of centers, in the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, at the Monarch School for Children with Autism in Shaker Heights, OH and in the Fayetteville Manlius School System in upstate New York. It is used at Puddingstone Place through a formal licensing agreement with Boston Children’s Hospital.