Resources and ideas for parents and carers
It directs you to the many materials that are suitable for use
at home to support young children, and children and young people
who have special needs.
From real things to symbols
Infants learn to recognise real objects - and show they can by
using them. They learn that words are linked to things. Then they
see pictures and hear people use the same words and – over
time – the connection is made. A word refers to a thing, and
a picture refers to a thing, and pictures are there for you every
time you look!
Then comes text. No one can say words are like things to look at.
So symbol support is a wonderful bridge from the known (pictures)
to the unknown (the printed word).
A huge set of symbols for everyday vocabulary is covered by the
Widgit Literacy Symbols (previously know as Widgit Rebus). Thousands of the Widgit symbols are little
drawings that are representations of real things.
You can use these symbols to
- help children to recognise and learn spoken words,
- understand concepts, and
- learn to read.
These pages are full of ideas and activities for parents. They
are intended to be particularly useful for those who have children
with language difficulties.
allows you to make loads of language support activities. There are
many resources available to download and print straight from the program,
using the 10,000 Widgit Symbols.
has 100 activities for early learning and language work. It is ideal
for use at home. These are all fully switch accessible for children
with motor impairments.
For further information about what symbols are and why to use them,
visit the information section of the Parents Area - About