Please list the symbol picture libraries which you have heard of
Please list the symbol libraries you have seen used on a communicator's device
Please list the symbol libraries you have used when creating support materials
|Please list any criteria you feel are generally important in the selection and implementation of a symbol library||Please share a brief analysis of each of the symbol libraries you are familiar with, pros and cons, based on your real-world experience|
Lessonpix, boardmaker, symbolstyx, lamp
|Boardmaker||Lessonpix, boardmaker||Exact representation of word when possible, simple, straight forward, understandable by all communication partners with minimal training of the symbols, appealing to the communicator||Boardmaker: Pros-well known, straightforward representations mostly variety. Cons-not always appealing to students. Lessonpix: Pros-straightforward representations, variety, editable. Cons-lacking symbols for some commonly used words|
Pixon, symbolstix, boardmaker, lessonpix, makaton
Pixon, boardmaker, symbolstix
Boardmaker, symbolstix, lessonpix
Huge available vocab., price, familiarity to those I work with and train, cultural (representative) variety of people, ability to be understood by non readers and those unfamiliar with symbol set
Pixon: these are a theoretically fabulous idea and as a former linguists major I think they are super cool. But I rarely recommend devices with them because our alphabet is one symbol library, AAC in and of itself is another language and their lack of concrete and understandability by the average person makes them my last choice. I have only ever used them on things other than a device when I was making teaching materials for those who is the devices. Boardmaker symbols are the most widely recognized symbols, and what I have used most of my career. But once they went to having to pay a yearly fee and not making new additions districts I worked for moved away from them. I only ever use them in stuff I already have made. I now have my own practice and won’t be paying for the yearly subscription because there aren’t enough advantages to warrant the highest price for yearly subscriptions. I like Symbolstix symbols best, I find them to be representative, they make sense, updates and robust vocabulary. I see them most often on devices these days. That said, their library of shared user materials is poor and they still cost too much for a yearly subscription. Lessonpix has a robust representative vocabulary, and a large shared user set of pre-made activities. The yearly cost is affordable both for SLPs and families. I want to be using symbol sets families can afford to have access to. The only downside is they never appear on devices. They are my choice for my private practice.
Boardmaker, symbolstix, LessonPix, CoughDrop based which pulls from multiple open sources
Symbolstix, Boardmaker PCS, some open within CoughDrop
LessonPix, used to use boardmaker, symbol search from Google, images from user
Available in multiple settings, so that it can be used to create materials, on AAC devices, and in low tech systems
Online Boardmaker is a disaster technology functioning wise and it is cost prohibitive. LessonPix is not available in AAC except low tech or CoughDrop. Symbolstix is seeming to be more universally used across apps.
Boardmaker, Symbolstix, LessonPix
Symbolstix and Boardmaker
Free, great versatility, black and white as well as color, not cluttered, clear simple drawings, the symbols make sense
SymbolStyx and Boardmaker are both good but sometimes the programs that you use to get the symbols isn't always quick and easy. I find that sometimes the pictures don't make sense to the students either and there are pictures that aren't always available. It is also a guessing game at times to find what the picture was called.
PECS, board maker, PODD, LAMP, proloquo2go, google images (lol)
LAMP, prloquo2go, board maker/PODD/PECS for low-tech systems
PECS, board maker, PODD, LAMP, prolquo2go
The user's communication needs, level of participation and skill/ability to grow skills and rate of growth, the system with which the user connects most to/can understand and use easier, how easily accessible the system is for the user/their family, the system that fits better with the user's goals
LAMP: p = wide variety of language (-ed, -ing etc.), communications are likely to make more sense e.g. "I went running" as opposed to "I run", 3 steps maximum to final destination. c = price for some families without a great deal of funding, can be harder to learn in the beginning for some clients
Proloquo2Go: p = simple pictures and easy to locate most used words on first page, great for basic communication needs, easier to learn the system for most people. c = limited language abilities (see LAMP above), images not suited as well to adults, can take more than 3 steps to final destination.
PODD: p= doesnt have 'technical difficulties', can contain the same relevant words/symbols as high-tech devices, easy to carry around, images can be personalised for the user easily. c = can be hard for an untrained/unfamiliar person to understand communication by the user, not as easily adaptable as the user grows older (needing to make new pages, print, bind, remove old pages, rebind etc)
PECS: p = doesnt have 'technical difficulties', can contain the same relevant words/symbols as high-tech devices, helps to increase initiation from users (especially if this is a goal), great for involving lots of different people in the user's communication. c = again can be harder for untrained/unfamiliar people to understand what the user is communicating, often cards get lost or damaged (especially if the user demonstrates destructive challenges e.g. ripping or biting etc), one of the harder systems for parents/carers to be consistent with.
PCS, SymbolStix, Minspeak
PCS, SymbolStix, Minspeak
previous experience with symbolset
I truly feel the symbols don't matter as much as the location/motor planning piece.
Symbolstix, PCS, widgit, smarty symbols, mulberry, ARASAAC, METACOM, pics for PECS, blissymbols
I personally use PCS, but would like to experiment with widgit and mulberry at some point
A lot of symbols (12,000+), aesthetically pleasing, understandable, intuitive
Open symbols, smarty symbols, board maker, minspeak
Minspeak, board maker, smarty symbols, open symbols
Board maker, smarty symbols, open symbols
Diversity in images of people. Broad choices in symbols
Board maker is stupidly expensive, and now requires online access, which assumes everyone has the internet. Smarty symbols is my preference because of the diversity.