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Picture Communication Symbols

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Communication Boards - Susan's Classroom

Descriptions and photographs of numerous communication board symbols used by Susan and how they help facilitate communication amongst the class.

Guide for Review of ECT Intervention Activities

Developed by George R. Karlan, Ph.D. at Purdue University, this guide is intended for use as a tool to assist in reviewing implementation of the Environmental Communication Teaching concepts. It is intended for use as part of ECT's in-service training program.

Resources For Creating Picture Symbol Boards

Listing of the major companies which publish picture symbol sets. Provides overviews of the various communication symbols developed by each company, pictures of different symbols, and contact information.

Tips For Creating Picture Symbol Boards For Reading Interactions

Descriptions of how to create customized picture symbol boards for specific reading activities to increase students' participation in the reading of the story. Illustrates the steps to create four levels of communication boards and the goal of each in the learning activity.

Tips For Placing Picture Symbols In The Environment

Descriptions and photographs illustrating numerous ways teachers have placed picture communication symbols and boards in their classrooms in order to accommodate various communication needs.

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)  in collaboration with the Center for Literacy and Disabilities (CLD)  at Duke University.   NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by CLD, NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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