It was about time to have a modern platform for visual support creation for speech therapist.

I have been using Smarty Symbols for a little over 2 years now. It is by far my favorite image resource library. Smarty Symbols offers online access to all of their images and templates, which is super convenient, especially for those of us who serve students at multiple locations. I don’t always have my own laptop with me, but I am able to access Smarty Symbols from any computer on the Internet. I have even used them with adults in skilled nursing facilities. After seeing how much I loved them, my special education co-op purchased licenses for all of our SLPs. Smarty Symbols is so convenient and easy to use; you have to try them out!

Kristin Immicke, M.S CCC-SLP
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What are visual supports?

VISUAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Let’s think of visual support as anything that can help any of us get things done, or feel better just by looking at it. Adults can use written information on a calendar to help them plan and manage their day or their entire year. Just like these visual strategies help the life of many adults, children with autism have shown to greatly benefit from a variety of visual support materials. There are a variety of visual support materials that can be created by parents to help children at home. Some of these visual support are called visual schedules, which can tell children what will happen next. Some visual support can also be used to help children understand the world around them and communicate using a picture exchange system. Here are some reasons to use visual support for children with autism:

  • Help with reducing anxiety

  • Help the child express her wants and needs

  • Help children learn new words

  • Encourage the child to recognize words and begin to read

  • Implement a reward system at home

  • Create games and a variety of activities

“Faherty (2000) has suggested that visual schedules may be more important to use at home than at school.”

Faherty, C. (2000) Aspergers: What Does it Mean to Me? Arlington, TX: Future Horizons