Symbols can be used to help support your son/daughter at home and anywhere in the community symbols help by illustrating words, symbols can help a student to learn and recall information.  This is particularly true for those students who operate more visually and whose visual memory may help to recall facts.  It is also true that symbols can help to remind students of a concept. The symbol itself cannot teach the concept, but once a concept has been understood, symbols can reinforce that understanding and help make the comprehension more permanent.

Symbols are used in PECS books, communication books, Aided Language Displays (ALD’s) to support in lessons, to support general skills such as toileting etc. Symbols are used within lessons to introduce new words and to reinforce language.  Please see some ALD sheets that have been created which you can use with your son/daughter at home.  These sheets will encourage positive communication so needs can be met.