How I Do It: The All-in-One-Visual-Support Tool

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.


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Guided Access on the iPad

Do your creative and curious students navigate to forbidden areas on the iPad, change the settings, or move in and out of apps without completing an assigned activity?

Guided Access may be the answer for you.  Guided Access helps students with autism or other attention and sensory challenges stay on task. A teacher or therapist can limit an iOS device to stay on one app by disabling the Home button, and even restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. So wandering taps and gestures won’t distract from learning.  

To learn more about some newer accessibility features on ios devices, visit Apple’s Special Education area. 

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Toy box tools from Hasbro

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.


Free Resources for Making Visual Supports

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

Free Visual Supports for Early Childhood

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!

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MAKE IT Videos

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!

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Quick, easy and free visuals

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.