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Why Every Elementary School Teacher needs access to Visual Support

What is Visual Support? If you’ve recently traveled to another country, driven almost anywhere, or even simply tried to find a restroom you’ve likely benefited from visual support.  Visual support is simply using a visual item, such as an object, photograph, sign or picture, to communicate.  The signs on roadways, airports and even restrooms quickly help us see and understand information that may have otherwise taken longer to decipher. In recent times, special education has embraced visual support seeing the impact [...]

By |2022-09-19T10:28:39-04:00September 19th, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Using symbol support with adults with acquired communication difficulties

Using symbol support with adults with acquired communication difficulties The aftermath of an acquired medical conditions can lead to some serious communication difficulties for those with established verbal communication. Adults who suffered a stroke or other head trauma can be left with some long term difficulties communicating in the same way they have been their entire life. This life changing event can effect not only their communication, but also their self esteem. According to R., Tamblyn, R., et al. (2008) “If [...]

By |2022-09-17T16:18:20-04:00September 17th, 2022|Categories: AAC, Communication Boards, Free Stuff|Tags: |0 Comments

Special Education Inservice Programs

Special Education Inservice Program Smarty Symbols is now offering a series of inservice training that can be arranged. These training are 60 to 90 minutes in duration. All our trainings are offered by a speech-language pathologist. See below the list of training we are currently offering. Our 60 minutes training are offered at $200, while our 90 minutes training are $300. A member of our team will work with you and your team to meet the needs of [...]

By |2022-08-08T17:57:33-04:00August 8th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Smarty Symbols University Partnership Program

Smarty Symbols University and College Partnership We love connecting with the future generation of speech-language pathologists or special educators. That's why our team of educators would like to partner with colleges and university programs to share about the power of customizing resource to meet students' needs. If you are a faculty member, we would love to connect with you give you and your students access to the Smarty Symbols platform, including training from one of our consultants. [...]

CALLING ALL SPECIAL EDUCATORS: Enter to win a Playground Communication Board for your School

Smarty Symbols will be giving a Large Playground Communication Board to a School in the United States Smarty Symbols has recently started an initiative to make playgrounds more inclusive around the world. We have a collection of beautifully designed communication boards for public display.  You can preview our boards here. Children should have access to a personal communication device, but making communication boards available in public areas can benefit not only the children [...]

Creative ideas to use visual support in speech therapy

Creative Ideas to Use Visuals Support in Speech Therapy Visual support is everywhere! We use them every day even if we don't label what we see visual supports. You use visual support every time you look for a restroom at an airport! Check out this webinar by Speech-Language Pathologist Miranda Van Dunk: Miranda Van Dunk is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Smarty Symbols consultant.  You can watch her give incredible creative ideas to utilize visual support: [...]

By |2022-09-17T09:50:46-04:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Interactive Books, Social Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Are Communication Boards effective?

Communication boards have not only been shown to be effective at improving language ability in non-verbal persons, and reducing anxiety around communication. They have also been shown to be effective at ensuring higher levels of safety and satisfaction for non-verbal users.  User Safety In a pilot program at Stanford University Medical Center, implementation of communication whiteboards measurably improved non-verbal patients’ awareness of physician names, treatment goals and estimated discharge dates. Another experiment at York Hospital in York, Penn., [...]

By |2022-09-17T09:51:22-04:00May 17th, 2022|Categories: Communication Boards|Tags: |0 Comments

What are the benefits of a playground communication board?

What are the benefits of a playground communication board? Playgrounds are important for children’s physical and mental health. They let kids explore their surroundings, run around, and blow off some steam after a long day of school. For kids who have difficulty communicating or engaging with others, playgrounds can also be a great place to practice these skills. However, for non-verbal children practicing those skills can be challenging if their communication tools are not readily available.  One way [...]

Free Better Hearing and Speech Month Web Series

We are proud to bring a free web series to you. We have partnered with Smarty Ears to bring you a collection of webinars to help your journey in supporting children with speech, language and communication delays and disorders. During the month of May, we have lined up several free webinars designed to show around the technologies both businesses have created to make learning easier and a lot of fun! We have two main sets of webinars [...]

How to create a custom playground communication board

What is a playground communication board? A communication board is a display of images and text with a specific arrangement and design that has a variety of purposes including: learning, communication, inclusion and awareness. A “playground” communication board is a combination of picture symbols placed on a hard and durable material that can installed in public places such as playgrounds, beaches, public parks, museums and others. The pictures represent a vocabulary that is functional and can [...]

By |2022-09-17T09:54:12-04:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments