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Celebrating Innovation: Smarty Symbols Studio Named Finalist in The EdTech Awards 2024

Celebrating Innovation: Smarty Symbols Studio Named Finalist in The EdTech Awards 2024 Smarty Symbols Studio is excited to announce their selection as a finalist in the 2024 EdTech Awards for the second year in a row. Their technology that allows educators [...]

The Unspoken Revolution: Therapists and Educators Unite To Make Public Spaces More Inclusive For Non-Speaking Children

The Unspoken Revolution: Therapists and Educators Unite To Make Public Spaces More Inclusive For Non-Speaking Children This transformative vision aspires to create a ripple effect, originating in Boston but capable of affecting communities globally. Rather than merely departing with new insights [...]

Benefits of Smarty Symbols Studio for School Districts

Create an inclusive learning environment with over 30,000 diverse symbols. Streamline classroom preparation, foster consistency, and support professional development. Improve student outcomes and accommodate diverse learning styles. Compliant with accessibility standards, backed by responsive support. Join hundreds of districts and unlock the potential of visual supports to empower every student!

Inclusive ABA Practices: Using Visual Supports to Foster Engagement and Participation

Welcome to the world of Inclusive ABA Practices, where visual supports unlock possibilities for every individual. Join Smarty Symbols Studio as we explore personalized communication boards, engaging social stories, and empowering visual schedules. With over 30,000 diverse symbols, let's celebrate the magic of visual supports and foster an inclusive learning environment for all.

The Power of Visual Learning: How Smarty Symbols Studio Enhances Special Education

Explore the power of visual learning in special education and how it aids in simplifying complex concepts, supporting communication, enhancing memory retention, and increasing engagement. This blog post introduces you to the versatility and convenience of Smarty Symbols Studio, a platform dedicated to creating diverse, personalized, and engaging visual materials. Experience our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, as we continuously work towards creating a symbol library that truly reflects the diverse world we live in. Join us in this journey of facilitating inclusive education with Smarty Symbols Studio.

Why Every Elementary School Teacher needs access to Visual Support

Visual support uses visual items like pictures and signs to enhance communication, especially in education settings. Many people, including 65% of the population, benefit from visual aids in learning. These aids assist in clarifying instructions, supporting dyslexic students, and elucidating language nuances. Tools like Smarty Symbols offer a vast array of images for teachers, fostering a richer, more inclusive learning environment.

Using symbol support with adults with acquired communication difficulties

This blog post explores the challenges faced by adults with acquired communication difficulties post life-altering events, and emphasizes the crucial role of enhanced communication methods. We delve into the significance of alternative communication modes and specifically highlight the convenience and effectiveness of picture symbols like Smarty Symbols. Uncover how these meticulously designed images can aid in expressing needs and desires, facilitating seamless communication with family members and hospital staff. Discover the power of customization that Smarty Symbols offer, allowing for personalized communication boards that cater to individual needs, thereby easing the journey through these challenging times.

Introducing the “University Access Program”: Pioneering the Future of Inclusive Communication and Education

Introducing the "University Access Program": Pioneering the Future of Inclusive Communication and Education Smarty Symbols introduces the "University Access Program" to empower the next generation of educators and therapists. The program offers free access to its comprehensive resources, aiming to champion [...]

Are Communication Boards effective?

Are Communication Boards effective? Communication boards significantly enhance the language skills of non-verbal individuals, alleviate communication-related anxieties, and elevate user safety and satisfaction. Studies from reputable institutions, such as Stanford University Medical Center and York Hospital, demonstrate the tangible benefits of [...]

What are the benefits of a playground communication board?

What are the benefits of a playground communication board? Playgrounds offer crucial opportunities for children's overall development, especially in communication. For non-verbal children, the introduction of public display communication boards ensures they can engage in interactive play. These boards, aptly named [...]

How to create a custom playground communication board

What is a playground communication board? Playground communication boards are innovative tools designed to foster inclusion and enhanced communication in public spaces like parks, museums, and beaches. Utilizing pictorial symbols on durable materials, these boards can be tailored to specific locations, [...]

36 Location Board with Smarty Symbols: Free Download

Dive into the vibrant world of communication with our FREE 36 Location Board, enriched with the beloved Smarty Symbols imagery. Don't miss out on this unique tool, designed to amplify voices and bridge communication gaps. Download now and explore the power of core vocabulary, Smarty Symbols style!

Introducing the Multilingual Magic of Smarty Symbols Studio

Introducing Smarty Symbols Studio's newest feature: seamless text translation into multiple languages. Catering to today's diverse classrooms and therapy sessions, this feature ensures effective communication, personalized learning, and an inclusive environment for all. Dive in to explore how this tool is revolutionizing education and therapy for educators, therapists, and students alike.

Free Coronavirus Social Stories to Download

Free Coronavirus Social Stories to Download In these unprecedented times, it's essential for children and individuals with special needs to understand and navigate the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to offer three free social stories designed to ease [...]

Free Core Board Download

Discover our FREE Core Vocabulary Visual Support featuring Smarty Symbols! A versatile tool designed to boost communication effectiveness, it's easy to download, print, and use right away. Plus, learn how to customize your own core boards with our extensive library of over 31,000 images. Empower your communication journey today

Speak for Yourself updated symbols key

Dive into the world of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with our comprehensive guide to using the Smarty Symbols library on the Speak for Yourself iPad app. We offer a helpful PDF, showing you how to leverage this tool for impactful communication support. Explore key differences in symbol naming and updates, ensuring a seamless experience as you search and utilize the symbols within our ever-evolving library. Your journey to enhanced communication starts here.

Make Your Mark on TPT: Essential Tips for a Thriving Store

Make Your Mark on TPT: Essential Tips for a Thriving Store Stepping into the world of Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) can be both exciting and overwhelming. With a sea of educators sharing their resources, how do you make your store stand [...]

Autism, Speech Therapy, and Early Intervention

Autism, Speech Therapy, and Early Intervention In an era of increased awareness and understanding, statistics reveal that 1 in 45 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These figures highlight the urgent need for early diagnosis and intervention, which can [...]

What are Social Stories and How They Can Help Autistic Children

What are Social Stories and How They Can Help Autistic Children For many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), understanding and navigating the world can be a challenge. One effective method to bridge this gap is through the use of social [...]

The Best Activity to Target Every Goal on Your Caseload

The Best Activity to Target Every Goal on Your Caseload The landscape of speech therapy often presents with mixed groups and varying goals. One potent tool Jill Shook recommends to effectively target each objective is the use of interactive books. Incorporating [...]

AAC Myths Busted

AAC Myths Busted Separating Myths from Facts During AAC Awareness Month Communication is a fundamental human need, and yet, many misunderstand or are unaware of the avenues available for those who struggle with conventional modes of speaking. Augmentative and Alternative [...]

Who is Kristine Lindsay

Meet one of our TPT Authors Partners Meet Kristine, a passionate preschool Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with a decade of experience. Based in New Jersey, Kristine is not just an SLP but also a dedicated mother, blogger, and creator of teaching resources. [...]

Ataxia and Communication

Ataxia and Communication Ataxia, a term perhaps unfamiliar to many, is a medical condition that poses significant challenges to muscle control, affecting not just physical mobility but speech as well. As we delve deeper into the intricacies of this disorder, it [...]

CORE VOCABULARY: They are no little things

CORE VOCABULARY: They are no little things Language, in all its intricate beauty, is a tapestry woven with words of various lengths, complexities, and meanings. Bruce Barton once profoundly noted that sometimes the smallest things have the most significant consequences, hinting [...]

Beyond the Device: Holistic Approaches to AAC Learning and Implementation

Beyond the Device: Holistic Approaches to AAC Learning and Implementation This blog post explores the challenges faced by adults with acquired communication difficulties post life-altering events, and emphasizes the crucial role of enhanced communication methods. We delve into the significance of [...]

Do Kids With Autism Really Need Routines?

Do Kids with Autism Really Need a Routine? In today's understanding of neurodiversity, recognizing the unique needs and strengths of individuals with autism has never been more crucial. Central to this understanding is the profound role routines play in fostering a [...]