Smarty Symbols for SLPs2023-08-03T23:41:45-04:00

Custom Visual Support for Speech Therapists

We made creating custom speech therapy resources easy, faster, powerful and simply beautiful!

Tackle the challenges of time consumption, lack of diversity, and cost with Smarty Symbols Studio. Step into a new era of speech therapy where you spend less time creating materials and more time making a difference.

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?


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

What can you create with Smarty Symbols Studio?

What can you create with Smarty Symbols Studio?

Communication Boards

These can help students understand and manage the daily events and routines. They are particularly useful for students with autism or other communication disorders.


Visual flashcards can be used for a variety of purposes, such as vocabulary building, categorization activities, articulation therapy or social-emotional learning.

Visual Schedules

These can help students understand and manage the daily events and routines. They are particularly useful for students with autism or other communication disorders.

Social Stories

These can help children understand social interactions, situations, behaviors, or concepts, which might be challenging for them.

Custom Activities

This could include board games, dice games, or sequencing activities that are created to specifically cater to the learning needs and interests of the students.


We provide a place where parents can access 21000

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. 

  • Gain access to hundreds of ready made materials

  • Unlimited download of over 29000 images

  • Design custom materials in minutes

  • Select from a variety of templates to create materials

  • Simple drag and drop tools

  • Highly customizable tools

Start Creating Engaging Speech Therapy Materials More Efficiently

Ready to create engaging, personalized resources? Choose your plan and let us save your time.

Standard SLP Access

  • Create unlimited number of resources
  • Get access to our entire image library
  • Create digital (On-Screen) Activities
  • Total of $132/year

Standard SLP Access

  • When paid yearly
  • Save $42 each year.
  • Total of $89.99/year


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Welcome to our Speech Therapist FAQ section! This is where we address your most pressing questions and concerns as dedicated speech therapists. Whether you’re curious about how our extensive image library can support your practice, eager to understand the flexibility of our resource creation tools, or interested in how Smarty Symbols can revolutionize your therapy sessions, we have the answers you need. Let’s transform your speech therapy materials together and engage your clients in innovative ways like never before!

Can students access Smarty Symbols Studio directly or is it intended only for educators and staff?2023-05-08T17:12:18-04:00

Smarty Symbols Studio is designed specifically for educators and staff, not for direct student use. Educators access the platform to create materials that can be printed or presented during lessons with their students. As a result, only one license is needed per teacher, allowing them to create materials for all their students. The platform does not require any student information to be added, as it is not intended for direct student use. This ensures that educators have the necessary tools to create customized learning materials while maintaining student privacy.

How do I cancel my subscription?2023-07-28T13:30:40-04:00

To cancel your subscription, the process is quick and simple. First, log in to your account using your credentials. Once logged in, navigate to the bottom of the page where you’ll find the “Manage Subscription” option. Click on it to proceed.

Within the “Manage Subscription” section, you’ll find the option to “Cancel Subscription.” Click on this option to initiate the cancellation process. Your subscription will be promptly canceled, and you’ll retain access to your account and the website until 30 days from your last payment date.

We strive to make the subscription management process as convenient as possible, so you can easily make changes to your membership whenever needed. If you have any questions or encounter any issues during this process, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support team for further assistance. We are here to ensure a smooth experience for all our valued users.

How does the Smarty Symbols website work?2023-08-03T14:37:41-04:00

We intended to create this website as a go to place for creating custom learning materials for children. Smarty Symbols Studios offer four main areas of use:

  1. Image Library: Access to over 35 thousand illustrations organized by categories that are typically needed within educational settings such as animals, fruits, vegetables, social studies, geography, etc. Users may select to download the images individually as a jpg or png images to be utilized on a third party program such as power point to create any kind of materials. Our search feature allows users to search images by keywords, sounds within the words, or categories associated with that image.
  2. Printing Center: The Printing Center is where users can make full use of the image library by dragging the images to one of hundreds of templates of common activities such as communication boards, bingo, writing activities, flashcard and many others. Users may add multiple pages to each document and take advantage of the potential to fully customize their resource. Once the resource is created, users can save their file for future download and edits.
  3. Game  Creation:  The Game Creation is a new section of Smarty Symbols Studio. It allows users to create games using Smarty Symbols! Drag and drop images, make images as buttons, play audio and display animation to create on screen lessons.
  4. Activity Library:  The activity library is where users get access to over 9,000 ready made resources created by other users. Anyone is able to find activities, open and edit to make each of the existing resources their own.
How often are new images added to the Smarty Symbols library?2023-05-08T16:48:49-04:00

Smarty Symbols Studio made its debut in 2014, featuring an initial collection of 10,000 colorful images. Since then, the platform has expanded its image library to offer 35,000 colored images and an additional 35,000 outline images, totaling over 70,000 images. The library has been enriched with new characters and images tailored to users’ search needs.

Smarty Symbols adds approximately 2,000 new images to the library each year, although this number may vary based on user needs and demand. The platform prioritizes frequently searched vocabulary and specific areas where there is a desire to expand the available offerings. This approach ensures that the library stays relevant and continues to cater to the evolving needs of its users.

What are the main features of Smarty Symbols Studio?2023-05-08T14:43:25-04:00

Smarty Symbols Studio offers a range of features designed to make creating custom special education materials easy and efficient for educators. Some key features include:

  1. Simple drag and drop tools: Effortlessly create materials using the user-friendly interface, streamlining the process and saving time for educators.
  2. Hundreds of templates for common activities: Access a wide range of pre-designed templates for various activities such as flashcards, bingo games, writing exercises, and more, providing a solid starting point for customizing your materials.
  3. Type in text to symbolate it automatically: Quickly convert text into relevant symbols, making it simple to create visual aids that match your written content.
  4. Collaborate with peers from the district: Share resources, ideas, and collaborate with fellow educators within your district to enhance learning experiences for students.
  5. Upload your own photographs: Customize your materials further by incorporating personal photos alongside the extensive image library.
  6. Integrated modified Fitzgerald coloring on every word: Benefit from a consistent coloring system that aids in word recognition and comprehension for students.
  7. Access a vast library of over 9,000 ready-made resources developed by professionals from around the world. This feature allows them to save time and effort by finding materials that align with their lesson plans. Educators can edit these resources as needed, tailoring them to suit their specific requirements and the unique needs of their students, further enhancing the versatility of Smarty Symbols Studio.

These features make Smarty Symbols Studio a versatile and valuable tool for special educators, enabling them to create engaging, personalized resources that cater to the unique needs of their students.

What devices are supported Smarty Symbols?2023-08-03T15:32:04-04:00

Smarty Symbols Studio is primarily a web-based platform. While it can technically be accessed from any device that has an internet connection including tablets and smartphones, for the best user experience and ease of navigation, we recommend creating materials on a desktop or laptop computer. This allows you to fully leverage the drag-and-drop features, larger viewing area, and overall functionality of the platform. For viewing and utilizing the materials, any device can be used comfortably.

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