As summer begins, you may be wondering what you can do to get ready for a new school year and how to get better organized. I ran across this nice idea for organizing visual supports in a handy binder. This was developed by Tabi Jones-Wohleber, an SLP in Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland. Check out this All-In-One-Visual-Support Tool complete with pictures and directions.
It’s that time of year when the commercials for toys are at a premium and many parents contemplate what toys are best for their children. For parents of children with disabilities this question can be difficult to answer. It is not just the buying of the toys but how to teach their child to play with them once they bring them home. Working in collaboration with The Autism Project, Hasbro has created resources to help families, teachers and professionals make the most of playtime. Toy Box Tools are videos and downloadable playbooks modeling how to play with selected toys. The Toy Box Tools are broken down into three levels basic play, expanding play and social play. Each level has its own video and playbook demonstrating how to play with the same toy based on where the child is developmentally. Follow the link to view the available resources and watch the videos. http://toyboxtools.hasbro.com/toys
Following up on yesterday’s post by a fellow team member. Such an ingenious idea and very low tech! Expand on that and add wiki sticks to the plastic cover and create a raised surface to help those students locate buttons or create a grid for a communication app, the options are endless and cheap!!
The new school year is upon us. The frantic rush to set up the classroom, make communication boards, visual supports etc. but you don’t have the necessary program or money to purchase your own software. Check out these free resources for creating visual supports fast and free.
Quick Pics from Patick Ecker
Connect Ability, Create Visual Supports for your child, visual engine.
Picto4Me: An app for your computer that you can install to Chrome
This video gives you the perspective of two parents on the use of AT for their 3 year old son, Brian.
We all love free stuff, especially downloadable pictures for making visual supports. The Head Start Center for Inclusion, University of Washington, offers a nice collection of visual supports for transitioning, performing daily activities, assisting with behaviors, social skills, and other routines in early childhood. Check it out!
Here’s a great on-line tool for creating free visual supports. This site is funded by a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities and uses picture symbols from the Boardmaker library. ConnectABILITY: http://connectability.ca/visuals-engine/
We all love great visual supports! Even better….we love videos on how to make visual supports. Tots ‘n Tech (Tots ‘n Tech Research Institute, Arizona State University) has a great Pinterest site filled with videos on how to create simple AT supports. You will find videos on lots of AT ideas including making grocery lists, Lego word building, shower time fun and nap time routines. If you are not visiting Pinterest these days, you are missing out! http://www.pinterest.com/totsntech/make-it-videos/
We all need to find things that are quick, easy and free, especially when it comes to making visuals for the classroom. Picto4me is a free app for the Chrome browser. Download it through the Chrome app store and it will be added to your browser. Now you can create and save board to your google drive account without having to search for a disk or another program. Here’s a little video showing how easy it is to use.