Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Symbol stix

Have you ever heard of Symbolstix?  It is one of my favorite tools and I use it compulsively!  Here is a sampling of icons from Symbolstix:


I know, they are so cute, right? Well, it gets better than that!  Symbolstix are a symbol set that are used in some communication devices (most notably Proloquo2Go on Apple devices).  I use these icons on almost every activity that I make for my students because it is a universal language that benefits my students who use AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) devices, it benefits my English Language Learners, and they are just so adorable!  I put these images next to new vocabulary words, I embed them in phonics activities, and I use them to build students' individual schedules and resources.  These images are all over my classroom!  Here are a couple of examples:

Here the Symbolstix icons are used to help a student with limited language visualize his expectations throughout the day and see what his end-of-the-day reward will be if he follows his schedule.

Here the icons are used to help a student describe their emotions during a particularly challenging emotional time in their life.  This helped my little one tell me how she was feeling more easily.

This is an accommodation to a phonics assignment (the WR Robot available at my TpT store) where the visual is there to help students identify the words more easily.

I am a little bit obsessed with Symbolstix but I think you now know why!  I even have a Symbolstix lanyard for my keys!!

Just a note: the items in my TpT and Teachers Notebook stores do not have any Symbolstix images because of their usage policy.  Just envision all of the fun items in my store full of these cute little images.  If you want to use Symbolstix with your students (which I HIGHLY encourage), you can purchase a membership for just $50 for the year.




  1. I really like the feelings journal. I feel that it is very important to help children show and explain their emotions. This journal would really help some students who might be struggling to show them.

    I will have to look into symbolstix when I get my own classroom!!



  2. All of the teachers at my school use Symbolstix all of the time and it becomes a second language to the kids (especially the kids using communication devices)! It's a $50 well spent. Thanks for visiting me.