If you have followed this blog or the Speaking of Speech.com website for any length of time, you’ll know that I am a strong proponent of visual supports for all students. I’ve presented on this topic at local, state, and national conferences, and have built up such a huge collection of materials created with Boardmaker that I’m running out of space to store it all.
Recently, though, I’ve been exploring the features of another symbol system, Lesson Pix. Lesson Pix is a subscription-based, web-based tool for creating a wide variety of visual supports. A single subscription is just $36 per year, and lower prices are available for multiple subscriptions. Included in the subscription: 35,000 symbols accessed by an easy to use search engine, the ability to upload images from the Internet or your camera, tools to modify symbols, and a gazillion preprogrammed templates for all kinds of games and materials. In addition, you get tech support in the form of a large number of instructional videos on all features of Lesson Pix. Looking for ways to use visual supports? Check out the resources under “Articles.”
Symbols in Lesson Pix are available in color, outline (black/white), and stencil (no outline). SLPs will love the SoundFinder feature, which lets you search for any speech sound in any position of words. Making worksheets and cards for medial and final target sounds just got a whole lot easier!! But that’s not all, You can also search for patterns (CV, VC, CVCV, etc.), minimal pairs, and rhyming words!! Wowzers!
If you are making theme-based materials, you’ll want to use the ClipArt library, which is arranged by category. Click on the category to open the folder, drag all desired images to the “tray,” then use these symbols to populate your chosen template. Edit to change text and alter the appearance of symbols. You can also import clip art and photos to augment the 35,000 symbols built into the program. A unique feature of Lesson Pix is that you can request a symbol; just fill out the form with a description of what you need and they will draw it for you.
Although an MS-Word Integration plug-in allows for creating your own unique materials, Lesson Pix is primarily a template-based tool. Here is just a sample of the long list of available templates:
- Picture cards
- Picture schedules
- First, then boards
- Books and social stories
- Door hangers
- Coloring, lacing, and cutting materials for fine motor practice
- Loads of games, including Bingo, Dominoes, treasure hunt, fortune tellers, I have/Who has cards, and much more!
- Voting ballots
- Multiple Choice worksheets
- Semantic maps
- Writing pages
- Stick puppets
- Overlays for AAC books and devices
If that isn’t enough, your $36 annual fee also provides you with access to the Sharing Center. Upload your creations for others to use, and download loads of free materials that others have posted. All materials created with Lesson Pix are saved as PDF.
Lesson Pix provides a free 30-day trial in which all features of the program are operational, but a watermark appears on materials when you print them. For just $3/month, Lesson Pix is certainly worth exploring!