Finalist of the About.com "Best App for Special Needs of 2012".
***"Incredible, comprehensive, amazing, dynamic – these are just some of the descriptive words that came to mind the first time I opened, Custom Boards – Premium by Smarty Ears! I can’t believe that I have gone this long without checking it out! Don’t make the same mistake I made, take a look for yourself at what you can do with this treasure." TeacherwithApps.com ***
Custom Boards Premium is an evidence based app designed to serve as a board and activity creator for speech therapists, teachers, special education and parents of children who need symbols to communicate and learn. Custom Boards includes over 11 thousand built in symbols from the Smarty Symbols library and the ability to add your own photos.
Custom Boards allows you to select from a pool of templates in six areas: Devices& Switches, Grids & Boards, Schedules, Activities, Signs, Labels & Worksheets.
Ou Premium version offers a total of 126+ Templates.
A research study by Wilkinson, Carlin, & Jagaroo, 2006, found that children are faster and more accurate in learning symbols when the symbols had unique internal colors; therefore users are also able to to change background colors on each individual cell on Custom Boards.
We have included an area that allows you to suggest templates to us to be available on future updates of Custom Boards.
After you select your template, select the images and edit text for each symbol you are ready to PRINT, SAVE, or E-MAIL the final template to yourself. You can print directly from the device if you use an AirPrint ready printer. Custom Boards also allows you to keep your finalized templates organized into folders, which is great for teachers creating boards for multiple students.
It is also possible to save templates to your computer in pdf. format via iTunes. Please visit our website for a tutorial.
Custom Boards is the first and only app of its kind and a revolution for special education!
**Evidence Based and Custom Boards: "The use of visual supports and symbols as receptive and expressive components of an AAC system has been established as an evidence-based practice for individuals with Autism Syndrome (Mirenda & Iacono, 2009)"
***"Wendt (2009) found that the use of graphic symbols for requesting has the most extensive evidence base for people with ASD."