symbol information sheet in iPad

Welcome to a short course on Communication using Symbols

This 5 step guide is about using free images and symbols alongside other forms of communication to help with conversations when speaking and understanding may be difficult.  

There is a short introduction about communication and then ideas for the creation of information sheets and communication boards, charts or cards. 

Study Times
Studying can happen at any time and the course is divided into short topics. Each topic might take around 30 minutes to complete with a series of activities. case studies, links to other resources and quizzes.

Objectives

  •  Gain a basic understanding about communication and active listening to build conversations
  •  Make use of free images and symbols with labels, phrases and sentences to support communication in different settings
  •  Encourage conversations to support well being.

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Communication using Symbols

The five steps can be dipped into at any stage and need no prior knowledge. 

They include:

  1. How we communicate
  2. Managing conversations
  3. Finding the right words and images
  4. Adapting images and symbols for each individual
  5. Creating opportunities to encourage conversations. 

There are activities, case studies and examples of communication boards and information charts with most steps.