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Communication Boards - Susan's Classroom

James chaining pictures togetherThis is a photograph which shows James spontaneously chaining together picture symbols to express his displeasure with another child who had recently hit him. The photograph with the child's name has been pulled off the section of the symbol center called People and the Boardmaker symbol which has been customized with the words "I hate that" has been pulled off the Feelings and Social section. Craig had just kicked Joey. Had picture symbols not been available, James may have communicated in a less appropriate way, say by hitting Craig.


 People section of symbol center


This is a photograph of the People section of the symbol center. It includes classmates, teachers, and assistants. Each picture has the child's name under it. During one morning activity, kids take their names off a felt board and attach them to their picture. One child in the group has a yellow background behind her picture to help her locate herself. We probably can't use all the photos here.



Food section of the symbol center

This is a photograph of the Food section of the symbol center. Each day Susan uses these and other photos to help the children select what they would like for lunch that day. Text accompanies the pictures.



photo of Feeling and Social board

This a photograph of the Feeling and Social portion of the symbol center. These symbols are used during every conceivable activity. At the beginning of the day they're used to describe who's here or not here and why. During storytime they're used to help talk about book characters. During free time the children use them to communicate with one another.



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