Guide to good symbol content
What are key symbols?
Where would key symbols be used?
When using key symbols within an inclusive document, each key symbol will support one piece of information, i.e. a concept within the document’s text, such as the elements of contact information.
Key symbols work really well in sequencing and timetabling activities. Key symbols can be particularly effective when used on flashcards displaying a series of events, with one symbol representing each event within the sequence. A child who might not be able to read and understand a complex timetable could use a series of flashcards which each feature a key symbol as a reference to know what they will be doing during the day.
Key symbols in a document
The use of key symbols is a very useful tool for communicating with people for whom English is not a primary language, or those who do not speak any English.
The A&E Communication Passport was developed to help hospital staff communicate with patients.By using key symbols for each question they need to ask, hospital staff are able to communicate the theme of a question to patients who would have had difficulty in understanding the written text, and therefore gain an understanding of their situation and their needs.