(as of Nov 26,2020 11:29:25 UTC – Details)
This A4 plastic board is a great tool to introduce the concept of emotions, and to help users to express how they are feeling. Frustration at not being understood is common amongst non-verbal, pre-verbal and even verbal people with limited communication skills, and so a tool to help them express themselves in a non-threatening, non-verbal way can be a fantastic way to reduce stress and meltdowns. It can be used as a way of the person communicating to those around them how they are feeling, or it can be used by parents/teachers/carers as a way of teaching the person about their emotions through labelling the appropriate emotion at a specific point in time. There are 8 emotions to choose from, with space at the bottom of the board to complete the sentence ‘I feel …’. Designed initially for autistic children, it has been used successfully with a wide age range and also alternative diagnoses such as learning disabilities, ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and even dementia. It has also been used in pre-schools and other early years setting extremely successfully. Being made from plastic means that both the board and symbols are flexible, yet remain strong and extremely durable. This product is part of the Autism Supplies and Developments range of visual communication aids, which were originally designed to help our own autistic son. With over 30 years professional and personal experience being with those on the spectrum, you can be sure that these products are well designed and helpful.
Ideal to be used as a tool to teach about emotions, and to encourage users to express themselves and how they are feeling.
Both board and symbols are made from plastic so they are incredible durable and hardwearing
The board is A4 in size – which is a good size for both display on the wall and also to keep on the desk for easy access and reference. The symbols are 4.5cm square, again easy to both see and handle.
Includes pre-printed plastic symbols for a range of 8 different emotions. However, we use hook and loop fasteners with our products, to ensure that the board is also compatible with your existing symbol library.
Uses the same symbols as the Boardmaker software, which are the images that most schools and facilities rely on. This means that individuals are likely to already be familiar with the symbols used which can be extremely important when trying to encourage the use of the product. The images are Mayer-Johnson images, by Dynavox Mayer-Johnson, and are used with permission.