Using Symbols to Support ASD Teaching by Steph Reed "As a teacher of children with autism, the use of symbol resources form an essential element of teaching, by providing visual support which can effectively enhance all areas of learning and independence."
Symbol examples and guidance from an Autism Specialist Teacher with 12 years of experience teaching children with autism in both specialist and mainstream settings.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust A collection of symbolised leaflets and booklets for visitors
Take a look at how the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have worked with us to create symbolised versions of their pre-visit information booklet and exhibition guides to make their visitor experience more accessible.
Ellesmere College Ellesmere College is a Special Needs College on the outskirts of Leicester. The College has Primary, Secondary and Post 16 departments and caters for the needs of 250 students between the ages of 4 - 19
To aid with visual support the college use Widgit Symbols, braile and moon writing on thier signage.
Children and Young People’s Commissioner Accessible UNCRC resources for children and young people
The Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, England and Wales have joined forces to produce a new version of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The new resource uses symbols and simple language to explore the UNCRC.
Logan ProxPAD in the dining room ProxPAD enabling independence and choice
We introduced the ProxPAD in the dining room at school to enable students to verbally request and support choice making on a daily basis. As a result we see better engagement with the dinner ladies and for some more independent choice making in that setting.
Logan's story ProxTalker providing instant communication!
Logan’s dad designed the ProxTalker device so he could communicate verbally with people who did not understand his PECS books. The first time Logan tried his ProxTalker device, it took him less than a minute to ask for one of his favourite toys, a letter puzzle.
Paediatric Dentistry Sheffield NHS Foundation Trust Using symbols to support patient communication
The service has developed a communication with Widgit Symbols which enablse children with ASD and other communication disorders to accept dental treatment. This has been recognised nationally as an example of good practice.
Sam’s story Here his mum tells his journey to the Logan ProxTalker which has changed their lives.
Sam is about to turn 18 and has Cerebral Palsy with difficult access issues. He is truly inspirational in his use of the Logan ProxTalker and an example of why all things need to be considered when choosing a communication solution.
Symbols help PSHE Education The school is specifically for boys with social, emotional and mental/behavioural problems
In PSHE we are doing Sex and Relationship Education at the moment and we need to make sure we create a safe environment and the information given is clear. Using Widgit symbols helps us accomplish this.
My experiences using the MegaBee Yesterday the girlfriend of my brother and I talk with the help of the Megabee for hours.
Yesterday I have tried the Megabee with my assistant Anna. She has difficulties with my letterboard in the past, because she always forgot the letters. We can’t believe it, how fast we are with the Megabee. I had tears in my eyes!
Countess Wear Community School Widgit Symbols making an impact across the primary curriculum
At Countess Wear Community School we regularly use InPrint as part of a Total Communication approach to support learning for children with additional needs across the curriculum. We create visual timetables, so that the children can clearly see routines and know what to expect.
Ambassador Theatre Group Relaxed performances take centre stage
We wanted to create resources for children and adults with learning disabilities to prepare for their visits to our theatres during the pantomime season; to build confidence prior to the theatre visit and provide an accessible way for customers to find out what to expect.
Father Christmas Trail Rudolph brings Christmas early at the Eden Project Grotto
At the Sensory Trust and Eden Project, we produced an accessible Father Christmas experience this year which was suitable for children who had additional needs. This included creating a “Father Christmas Trail”, a sensory rich pathway including Widgit symbols.
My Son, Logan - by Glen Dobbs I am sure I am not alone as a parent of a non-verbal child we wanted Logan to have a “voice” Once I had realized that we had an actual problem I worked out that a technological solution might be in order. The engineer in me took over – for the entire time that we were looking at devices I was sure there had to be something that Logan could use which would enable him to build on his skills.
Learning Italian Animated Story Designed to help children aged 3-5
This animated story has been created to foster learning of Italian as second language. The project was funded by the municipality of Udine and carried out by Radio Magica Foundation, in cooperation with publisher Franco Cosimo Panini and the assistive technology centre Auxilia.
Symbols to help communication Iain using symbols to help with behaviour and communication
My 38-year-old son, Iain, has learning difficulties and autism. Iain can talk and recognise written words. He needs enhanced structure, routines and rules at these times, so I create resources using Widgit symbols to help.
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Visiting hospital can be frightening, using symbols to explain procedures can help
Widgit Software have worked in partnership with Dr Judith Short (Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) to create a series of resources designed to help patients with learning difficulties understand the procedures, events and people associated with a visit to hospital.
British Red Cross In an emergency, when language is a barrier the British Red Cross and Widgit offer a solution
The British Red Cross and Widgit Software have worked together to produce a Communication Book. The book uses Widgit Symbols to help the men and women who respond to emergencies to communicate with people with learning disabilities and those who do not speak English.
Transport for London Creating accessible work placement materials for people who struggle with reading To ensure that all individuals completing a placement were able to understand the Work Experience Agreement that participants need to sign before starting their placement, Transport for London worked in partnership with Widgit's Design Services Team to create a symbolised version.
Inclusive Education Center School No.1 Sibiu Romanian special schools implements alternative and augmentative communication
Widgit has been used in our school to help students with learning difficulties to engage in learning tasks, for raising accessibility of information both in teaching and curricular materials and the therapeutic activities and class management.
Boanerges Deaf Initiative InPrint across Continents The teachers are using the resources, made using InPrint, in every grade, throughout the school to support the children’s language development, understanding and reading. The flexibility of the programme means the symbols and pictures can be tailor made for their community, reflecting the life and the culture as they know it.
Widgit Symbols at the Eden Project The UKs largest visitor attraction
Widgit have worked with the Sensory Trust to create more accessible signage and exhibits at the Eden Project. By using Widgit symbols on signage and displays throughout the Eden Project has achieved more inclusive accessibility for its visitors, regardless of their level of literacy.
The James Rennie School The first school Virtual Learning Environment to use Widgit Symbols Using Widgit Point has successfully allowed learners at the James Rennie School with low literacy levels and English as a second language (EAL) to more fully engage with their virtual learning needs. Not only have our pupils felt the advantage from Point but also parents with EAL and other users with learning difficulties wanting to engage with the school.
Symbols in a Local Authority Warwickshire case study
A partnership between the schools and Widgit explored ways that the symbols could be used, and it was quickly seen that many more children than just this one were benefitting from having symbols available.
Signage in a Leisure Centre Symbolised Signage in South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre, Chelmsford South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre has a whole variety of members, some with disabilities. When they came to remake their signage they wanted them to be understood by everyone, and so they decided to include Widgit Symbols, as they were a symbol language they knew their members would understand.
Diabetes Widgit Symbol Resources Specially-developed Widgit Symbols and resources to support people living with Diabetes
In partnership with Warwick University, Warwick Diabetes Care Research User Group and the George Eliot Diabetes Care Team, Widgit created a set of 32 specially-developed symbols which illustrate words and concepts relating to Diabetes and healthy living.
Street Signs in Surrey Symbols included on Surrey County Council's Street and Building Signs
Claire Richards from Surrey County Council was responsible for a project to create a suitable environment for people with downs syndrome and dementia, looking at many design features such as symbols, to make the space as accessible as possible.
Sherborne @ Sunfield Symbols Widgit Literacy Symbols designed to support the Sherborne@Sunfield Project
There is overwhelming evidence suggesting that the implementation of the SDM programme through structured teaching approaches targeted to autistic pupils' strengths as visual learners, through the use of visual cues contributed significantly towards pupils' engagement.
Granta Housing Society Providing housing, care and support
Granta have been working with Widgit software since 2007 on a number of projects to make their information more accessible. All of the documents created used the Widgit Symbol Set and utilised Widgit's expertise in creating simplified language and accessible resources.
Andrew using symbols to help with comprehension By his mother
Widgit symbols provide the tools we need to develop Andrew’s skills and encourage participation in social activities which he finds difficult to engage in. It also prevents further deterioration in general communication, which has been going downhill since he left school.
The Foundling Museum The story of the Foundling Hospital This was a great opportunity to introduce the museum's visitors to the concept of symbol communication, which most are unfamiliar with. It also introduced a new way of interpreting exhibitions in the building and will become a natural addition to the museum's public interface wherever appropriate.
Learner Entitlement Symbol Documents and Questionnaires from the Learning and Skills Council
The Coventry & Warwickshire Learning and Skills Council produced Learner Entitlement Packs for all students aged 14-19. Widgit worked with them to create this document in 3 different formats: A symbol-supported version, a fully symbolised version and a quick reference mini booklet.
Exmoor Zoo Creating accessible, symbol-supported information and materials for visitors to the zoo In order to ensure that all their visitors could get as much as possible from their visit, including those who may have difficulty understanding written information, Exmoor Zoo sought Widgit's help in making the information displayed around the zoo, handouts and learning materials more accessible.