Supporting children who have
reading or language difficulties
A reading or language difficulty can prevent children from accessing learning. It can make reading text in maths, science and other curriculum subjects challenging, and it can be hard for teachers to meet the needs of these children.
Widgit symbols support teaching and learning throughout the primary curriculum to ensure that children can access and understand texts within lessons.
InPrint is very easy and quick to use and the use of the Widgit symbols has really helped to increase children's independence in accessing a mainstream curriculum.
Countess Wear Community School
We believe that symbols give our students a greater understanding and accessibility of everyday life around school and are inclusive to the whole school community.
Allison Denton, Brooke School
The symbolised materials really help children to be independent.
Thanks to the Symbols Inclusion Project, about 75% of schools, and 200 pre-school settings are using symbols to support children with their understanding and learning.
Class Teacher, Warwickshire
All the symbol support for the pre-learning of key concepts on the solar system has helped Yan to access the curriculum.
This has increased his self-esteem and confidence. He was able to use the resources/games with other members of his class. He was able to answer questions that others could not.
In joint teaching with Y3 teacher on creative writing, we used symbols to support the 5 different story elements. Most children were able to use the symbols to plan their own stories over two hour sessions independently.
Class Teacher, Warwickshire
Who symbols can help
Widgit uses symbols to support people who have communication, language or learning disabilities.
Find about who uses symbols
One in ten children struggle at school due to their communication difficulties (1)
Only 20% of children with speech, language and communication needs reach the expected levels for their age at 11 years old (2)
Every primary school classroom will have two or three children who have some form of speech, language or communication need (3)
Speech, language and communication needs are the most common type of special educational need (3)
The majority of children with SLCN are educated in mainstream education (4)
Widgit Symbols add visual support to the printed word, opening up the world of information to those otherwise excluded from it.
Find out more about symbols
- Enhance access to learning
- Reduce EAL language barriers
- Create faster academic progress
- Enable independent learning
- Improve behaviour
- Encourage attention
- Reduce preparation time with pre-prepared curriculum resources
Create your own materials
Create symbol materials to print
Widgit symbols, along with the powerful features and freedom of layout of desktop publishing, help to create materials that have a professional look.
Create symbol materials in your web browser.
Create symbol flashcards, timetables, stories and a lot more, with no installation needed.
Easy symbol writing for everyone
SymWriter 2 is a symbol-supported word processor that any writer, regardless of literacy levels, can use to create documents.
Fun and educational apps
Widgit Go is an app for creating activities and grids to support communication, learning and language development. Use it in the home, in the classroom or on the go.
Early Language Screening Tools
Early identification of speech and language difficulties and verbal comprehension - suitable for practitioners, teachers and parents.
Widgit Vocab is a series of iPad apps designed to develop basic vocabulary. Widgit Vocab can help extend a user's vocabulary range with listening, speaking and reading activities.
Learn about sentences and the elements that construct them with this exciting series of apps for children.
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Educational Symbol Resources
A collection of over 1,000 books and activities for InPrint 3.Save £111
InPrint 3 Templates and advice to assist and advise you on how to create an inclusive school environment.
Ready-made materials designed to help parents and teachers support autistic people.
Need something else?
All our materials are developed in partnership with professionals. If you require a communication tool that fits your content and needs, please contact our Design Studio at email@example.com
Are your documents accessible to all your clients?
We can create accessible symbol information, tailored to your needs.
Our specialist design team will work in partnership with your organisation to produce symbolised materials that fit your individual requirements.
We will consult with you throughout the design process to ensure that the end result is appropriate for the different needs of your client base.
We can work with you to ensure "best practice" in symbol accessibility and suggest the most appropriate language for your information.
Meeting your responsibilities
An inclusive approach to the design of your product or service will help you to ensure compliance with current legislation on accessibility.
Design studio services include:
- Translating information into symbols
- Converting text to Easy Read
- Designing new symbols
- Developing resources and materials
- Providing advice and training
Get in touch
If you want help with accessibility or have an idea for a resource, please contact us.
Would you recommend Widgit to other schools?
Victorian Annan (Lead of ARP for Autism at Chalgrove Primary School), Katherine Wheeler (Teaching assistant at Charlgrove Primary School) and Will Cannock (MAT SEND Lead at The Charter School Education Trust) discuss how they use Widgit Symbols to support their students.