COVID Update: FREE AAC Printable Widgit Symbol Resources
Can you imagine how much worse your anxiety and frustration would be if you could not talk about the COVID-19 crisis? This is the second in a series of posts that tackles AAC issues in the context of the global pandemic.
The following communication resources are a great addition and compliment to Widgit’s Health printed communication tools:
FREE Print Communication Resources with Widgit Symbols
Washing Your Hands Symbol-supported posters
An easy-to-follow symbol-supported set of documents. We've modified some of them slightly with Canadian English.
In a variety of formats, printable from a downloadable PDF, these information sheets and posters can be used to start conversations with children about hand washing and personal hygiene.
They can also be used as prompts and reminders in a school, office, home or workplace for adults as well. Whether they have an identified communication issue – AAC users, English language learners, aphasia, dementia, cognitively challenged, on the autism spectrum etc. – or not.
Super Core AAC Boards
Low tech, print-friendly versions of the Super Core Coronavirus resources we highlighted in an earlier post by Smartbox, developers of the Grid 3 and GridPads AAC devices featuring the Widgit Symbol set.
Download the PDF for core vocabulary and useful language for talking about coronavirus, symbolized with the Widgit Symbol. Laminate the boards for a portable, tech free communication aid that can be cleaned and disinfected.
These low tech boards are a really useful tool for illustrating language to help introduce unfamiliar vocabulary and model effective AAC use.
Upset by the News Symbol Book
A resource made with the Widgit Symbol, designed to reassure children and adults with a cognitive challenge who have to process upsetting news. News of the COVID global pandemic that can upset and generate anxiety, is everywhere and seems to be ratcheting up in drama moment by moment.
The Upset by the News Symbol Book is an educational resource that tries to explain why these things happen and why they are reported and communicated in the way that they are.
Learning to understand what has happened and also how to deal with different emotions can be difficult. This resource has been designed to reduce anxiety and identify feelings and can be used in the context of any upsetting news item.
- Bogdan Pospielovsky