Who can benefit from having text support with symbols?
- Severely disabled
- Communication device users
- Learning Disabled
- Have a symbol representation for every word
- Only the key words for the week
- Every word except the basic sight words
- To anchor the content only by using a main symbol
So, what are some of the symbol programs? (Just to name the most commonly used)
- Picture It and Pix Writer
- Boardmaker Series
- Writing with Symbols 2000 (No longer being made.)
Adaptations and thoughts:
- Type out the text to picture books, print it out and place it over the original text of the book.
- When Reading with a child, always point to the words. If they struggle with the word, use the picture as a context clue.
- Make 4 page picture books (using ½ or ¼ pages), staple them together, practice reading it and send it home as homework every week for the student to read to their parents.
- Have your older kids who are struggling readers make books for the younger kids.
- Make recipe books to take home for Mother’s Day.
- SymbolWorld is great for already designed materials that is limited but free! Just pull up a story and print it off. Given to you by category, this site is very friendly and easy to use.
- Check out the Widgit Symbol Resources. There are hundreds of free and low-cost symbol resource packs, created in partnership with professionals.
- The Askability website is a website which was presented entirely in symbol form and text to enable children to become informed about ongoing current affairs and also create a central forum for children to express their views and opinions. Worth exploring to see if this is something that might benefot your students.
- News-2-You is a subscription based weekly symbol-supported news articles and dozens of worksheets, games, and activities.
- Don’t have time to make your own books? Baltimore City Schools has some already made that you can download and print off. (You will need Boardmaker to use these pre-made grids.)
- Check out the templates in Adapted Learning provided by Meyer Johnson.
A person cannot move forward as a life long learner if they are not a reader and a writer. We need to assume all students can learn to read and write and provide them with the tools necessary to do so.
- Write the word on the monitor for them to “See it”.
- Have them copy it to “Do it”.
- Using their talking word processor they can “Hear it".
- Using their AAC device they can “Say it”.
- Erase the word on the computer and have them spell it.