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
What are visual supports?
VISUAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
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
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU HELP YOUR CHILD?
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symbols and with the use of a variety of templates create
custom visual support materials for their child.
Our templates are highly customizable and easy to use.
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What is included with my subscription?
The Download Hub gives you unlimited access to all 21000 images on portal. You can select any images and download to your computer for later use on other programs.
The Printing Center allows you to select from a variety of easy to use templates to customize and create your own material. Easy-to-use and extremely flexible.
The Activity Library is where you will be able to access your previous work, as well as ready made materials prepared by us or other members of the website.
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“Autism is part of my child. It’s not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.” -S.L. Coelho