5 Great Resources for Pre-Made Communication Boards

May 14, 2013 by - 15 Comments

Communication Boards Can Do A Lot
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  • Carol H. Golder says:

    I need help selecting a communication board for my son. He has had a stroke and is
    non -verbal for the most part. He is sixty years old and is in a rehabilitation center in
    Clinton, Missouri. He does not have use of his right arm and hand. He gets very frustrated . I would like to send him a board. Thank you

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Carol, he is so lucky to have you looking out for him!! There are some great resources for people who have had strokes. The best way to start is to ask his physician to request an AAC evaluation. The speech language pathologist (SLP) who works for the facility can do that so that he ends up with the right communication aids and (even more importantly) the support to be successful. Medicare covers this kind of evaluation, in most cases.

  • Nora says:

    My son is non-verbal and I am looking for a communication board that has restaurant logos and when you click on the logo, you can get pictures of the restaurant items that he can select. A lot of times I order for him and he doesn’t want what I ordered for him.

    • Victoria says:

      Nora, I am not sure if you will see this, but Proloquo for an ipad has this exact capability! I use it with several students in my class and you can make “folders” that you could put pictures of the restaurant logos on. When your son clicks the folder, it would open a page where you could put pictures of the items available there. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it.
      If you are looking for a lower-tech option, consider putting together a binder with tabbed dividers. On each tab, put a picture of the logo of a different restaurant, and have a page after each divider for pictures of menu items.
      Feel free to email me if you have any questions 🙂 fleuryv712@strose.edu

  • Christine Sibona says:

    Hi,
    Links to the pre-made boards don’t seem to work. I get a message of “file not found.” Just wonder if that’s a problem for others or whether it’s my own computer.

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Christine, it’s probably because this is a very old post. Robin published it in 2013 and my guess is that they’ve reorganized their site since then, which breaks all of the links. If there is something specific you are looking for, let me know and I will see if I can find anything that might help.

  • Robyn says:

    I’m looking for a commicanion board for me. I’ve had strokes and seizures and i need some way to tell people what I mean or need. I have both Medicare and Medicaid. Would this b some thing that would b covered? I get angery when people don’t understand me or do things i can just to get it done. I don’t want to b put back in a nursing home. Any help is appreciated.

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Robyn, my suggestion is to start with an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who is knowledgeable about AAC. The American Speech Language Hearing Association can assist you in finding a place in your state for that. Here is their contact info: http://www.asha.org/about/contacts/ The SLP will be able to help you figure out some solutions and can look into the funding through Medicaid and Medicare, both of which may be possibilities for you.

  • Maryana says:

    My 2,5 year-old son is autistic, he pronounces many sounds and syllables, but I would like to use some visual prompts to help him develop his communication and understand his surrounding. What kind of board/cues/ visual support can I use for this age? I would really appreciate your help on this matter. Thank you.

  • Karen Delcampe says:

    Hi,

    I’m also getting all error codes for these files. Please help me find an AAC board to get started with for my pre-k classroom. Most of my students have Autism, however they have some language developing. I want to further them along with these boards, but am having a terrible time finding a good resource to get started. I will purchase OR make my own. HELP!!

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Karen, this post is very old so the links to sites that have reorganized are broken. I’m happy to help you find some good AAC supports for your classroom, though. Which type of AAC symbols do you and your little ones work with? Let me know and I’ll hunt down some boards for you.

      • Karen Delcampe says:

        Hi Carol,
        Thanks so much! We don’t use anything organized! That’s why I’m looking to add these. I like the color coding and I’ve noticed different types of pictures. So, I’m starting from scratch.

        I have a VERY old PECS program, but I don’t use it.
        I use lessonpix.com for ALL of my current visuals. I have one student on a 5.5X8″ binder with pictures categorized on each page, but it’s not set up with core or fringe vocabulary. I want to use a small binder type for him and some larger ones for use with all of my kids around the room (opening group area, story lab area, play areas) . I think it would benefit ALL of them.

        • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

          Karen, this one might work well for you because it is all planned out and ready to print, laminate, etc. http://bit.ly/1R04KNV The files and instructions for assembly are at the bottom of the post. I like it because it is very classroom-friendly, in addition to other things. There are several classrooms that have been using this for quite awhile with good results. If that doesn’t fit the bill, let me know more about your vision for this and I will try to help.

        • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

          Karen, this one might work well for you because it is all planned out and ready to print, laminate, etc. http://bit.ly/1R04KNV The files and instructions for assembly are at the bottom of the post. I like it because it is very classroom-friendly, in addition to other things. There are several classrooms that have been using this for quite awhile with good results. If that doesn’t fit the bill, let me know more about your vision for this and I will try to help.

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