In addition to the materials available for purchase, we are always working to provide you with access to other resources. These include online courses, free materials for download and a free online communication assessment service.
Tangible Symbol Systems Primer (free)
20-page document including basic information about tangible symbols, how to teach individuals to use tangible symbols to communicate and tips from parents and professionals [free download-pdf].
Online Communication skills assessment (free)
The online Communication Matrix is a tool that guides you through a step-by-step process to assess how an individual is currently communicating; designed for parents and professionals to assess early communicators who may not use speech [free online service in English and Spanish].
Home Talk (free)
42-page assessment tool developed by and for parents of children who are deaf-blind to help them participate in their child’s educational program on an equal footing with professionals [free download in MsWord (English), MSWord (Spanish), PDF (English), or PDF (Spanish) ].
Assessment Guide for Young Children who are Deaf-blind (free)
56-page guide to assessing young children who are deaf-blind or who have multiple disabilities [free download-pdf]
This 7-unit course addresses the use of pre-symbolic means of communication by individuals who are not able to use symbols to communicate [online course].
Tangible Symbol Systems
This 7-unit course provides instruction on all aspects of teaching an individual to use tangible symbols to communicate. Tangible symbols are concrete symbols, such as pictures and objects; they are easier to understand than abstract symbols, such as spoken and written words [online course].