I am a primary teacher in Scotland and currently I work with learners with severe and complex additional support needs in both the primary and secondary settings. I recognise the need for good quality resources, unfortunately these are not always available to suit the needs of my visual learners who require that extra support and those that I do find often need to be adapted to meet my learners needs. I hope that you find them as useful in your classrooms as I have found them in mine.
This differentiated resource has been created for learners with communication or learning difficulties to enable them to share their news with their peers. I use this every morning in my class with learners who have a range of ASD and learning difficulties as a settling task sorting the day of the week, the weather and how they are feeling. They then choose from a range of symbols to represent what they either did the night before or are going to do that day. It is a great supporting tool to encourage and promote communication, talking and listening skills. There are 3 differentiated boards that range from symbol matching, emergent writing and independent writing. In my class I found it most useful to bind the symbols and boards so that they open like a book, I copied the symbols and cut them before mounting them onto the base board with Velcro, pupils can then move them onto their own board.