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Autism, Speech Therapy, and Early Intervention

A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ideally, these children would be diagnosed and begin receiving treatment as early as possible. Early intervention is key when you’re talking about autism. Kids with ADS often have speech delays and communication [...]

By | 2017-12-10T19:29:36+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Autism, Blog, Early Intervention, Visual Support|0 Comments

The Best Activity to Target Every Goal on Your Caseload

by Jill Shook We've all been there: after 280173 iterations of your therapy schedule, you still have a lot of mixed groups. What to do when you have little Johnny working on prepositions, little Suzy working on past tense verbs, and little Kimmy working on /r/? Enter my secret weapon: interactive books! Here's how [...]

By | 2017-10-28T18:10:27+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Blog, Interactive Books, TPT seller|0 Comments

WIL AAC HINDER SPEECH? SEPARATING TRUTHS FROM MYTHS

Many times we are so flooded with information that we cannot distinguish the truth from the myths. When this happens, I like to look at the facts. If you look at the evidence, oftentimes, it speaks for itself. In the world of AAC use, there are many myths and misconceptions. The use of AAC is [...]

By | 2017-09-13T18:10:36+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What is AAC and why you should care if you have a child with Autism

The great Maya Angelou so wisely acknowledged that “Words are things. We must be careful about the words we use. Someday we will be able to measure the power of words.” Can you imagine living in a world where words did not come so easily and communication seemed near impossible? Maya Angelou could. She [...]

By | 2017-09-18T10:24:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|AAC, Autism, Blog|0 Comments

Free weekly parent-teacher communication system for special education

Communication between parents and teachers is extremely important. In special education, that becomes even more important as some students may have speech and language delays which makes it difficult for parents to talk to their child about their experiences in school. We have created a very simple, yet effective, one page communication system that [...]

By | 2017-09-29T10:05:58+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Preparing for a natural disaster with Autism

When a disaster strikes children and adults with autism will need extra support and assistance. We are currently experiencing one of the worst disasters in Texas history with hurricane Harvey. Millions of people have lost their homes and are having to make plans for adjusting to a new normal after this natural disaster. If you [...]

By | 2017-08-29T15:47:28+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Smarty Symbols releases its first Sticker app for iMessage: Expressions TextPix

We are so trilled to announce that we have joined the Apple developer program and we now have our first Sticker app available to download. If you are not familiar with the brand new category created by Apple called Stickers, let us give you a general overview. When you send text messages now from an [...]

By | 2016-10-18T16:31:35+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

AAC Color Conventions: Action Words

There are two main color conventions when it comes to how words are organized into alternative communication systems: The Modified Fitzgerald Key and the Goossens,’ Crain, and Elder. When we color code the communication systems, we allow users to find these words more easily within the screen. Regardless on which convention you decide to use, it [...]

By | 2016-10-01T12:43:34+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

End the School Year on the Right Note

Has it been a rough year? Did not everything go quite as planned? Not to worry because I’m sure you’ve hear the expression: “It’s not about how you start its how you finish.” Memory is a funny thing and sometimes we remember just how things ended so much more clearly than how they began. Now is a moment that you can connect on a deeper level for one last time with students, teachers, parents by recognizing the best in them . Symbolic Certificates of Positive Qualities— It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, we all like to know what people like about us. I’vs seen variations of this activity work well with elementary, middle school and High school students; I’ve even seen it work with college students (really they can eat it up just like they were 5 again)

By | 2017-08-21T19:06:19+00:00 May 21st, 2016|Blog, School|0 Comments