|Manufacturer||Autism Supplies And Developments|
|Brand||Autism Supplies And Developments|
|Item Weight||0.32 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||10.47 x 7.01 x 0.31 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||EZ-H4RR-AGB4|
Plastic Visual ASD Feelings Board & Keyring (Picture Communication Symbols)
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|Brand||Autism Supplies And Developments|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||10.47 x 7.01 x 0.31 inches|
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- Ideal to be used as a tool to teach about emotions, and to encourage users to express themselves.
- Comes with pocket sized 7cm keyring sot he same system can be used anywhere and everywhere
- Both board and symbols are made from plastic so they are incredible durable and hardwearing
- The board is A4 in size – which is a good size for both display on the wall and also to keep on the desk for easy access and reference. The 'me' symbol is 4.5cm square, again easy to both see and handle.
- Uses the same symbols as the Boardmaker software, which are the images that most schools and facilities rely on.
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How we got our start?We started out making visuals for our own autistic son, using the professional knowledge we had gained from working with autistic people hands on.. We were frustrated at how quickly our handmade visuals fell apart, and just knew there must be a better way.
What makes our product unique?All our visuals are made from plastic, so they are extremely durable, hard wearing, and easy to wash. They have all been designed through consultation with customers, combined with our own professional knowledge, so you can be sure that they really work.
Why we love what we do?Quite simply, we love helping others with issues that we ourselves have dealt with both on a personal and professional level. It's the most rewarding thing in the world to learn that one of our products have helped someone and improved their life immeasurably.
The Autism Supplies and Developments Feelings Board is a perfect tool to teach people about their emotions. It uses a colour coded scale, where the colours of the rainbow are used to depict emotions on a sliding scale (from frustrated and angry through to happy and excited). The person can use the enclosed ‘me’ symbol to place next the section that contains the emotion they are feeling to communicate to those around them in a quick and easy way how they are feeling. Being able to easily communicate emotions is a great way to reduce frustration and potential meltdowns. Parents, carers and teachers can also use this as a tool to teach people about their own emotions, by providing a label for how the person is feeling based on their behaviour. This helps by acknowledging the emotion being felt, communicating to the person that they are understood, and helps give them the tools they need to improve their communication in the future. It comes with a pocket-sized keyring with a matching colour coded scale of emotions – one symbol per emotion. This helps to reinforce the learning that is taking place whilst inside, because the system can be used for communication and teaching whilst out and about. Designed initially for autistic children, it has been used successfully with a wide age range and also alternative diagnoses such as learning disabilities, ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and even dementia. It has also been used in pre-schools and other early years setting extremely successfully. Being made from plastic means that both the board and symbols are flexible, yet remain strong and extremely durable. This product is part of the Autism Supplies and Developments range of visual communication aids, which were originally designed to help our own autistic son. With over 30 years professional and personal experience being with those on the spectrum, you can be sure that these products are well designed and helpful.
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I *love* the keyring. You can flip through feeling faces in various stages of strong emotion, and incorporate this tool into role play/discussions.
For example, when my kid is fine and playing with action figures, I might pick one up and instigate a fight with one of the other characters, then work one up into meltdown level drama. I then pick up the keyring and ask the character how it's feeling... and it goes with "frustrated", which is the most intense emotion on the ring. So, I interact with the character, ask it to verbalize its feelings, and make it say "I'm mad because I was playing with the (whatever)", which is a less intense emotion than frustrated, and we flip to that picture on the key ring.
Then, I maybe suggest that it share and let the other action figure play with the whatever right now, and hey look, there's a car over there that you can play with for a while, until your toy of choice is available again. Then, I check in with the character, and it's down to "sad" on the key ring, so we discuss what it's like to not be able to play with your toy of choice for a while... then we check in, and it's on the keyring picture of "content".
We keep walking down the intensity of emotions this way. After the first time I did this with action figures, my child picked it up and started interacting with the characters the same way. We've gone through several scenarios this way, and I think my child is catching on that you can walk your way down the intensity of emotions.
I have brought out the key ring for my child's own expression of feelings, but it's always more effective if we've done the role play within a few days.... so that's what I aim to do. Just bought it a few weeks ago but I am seeing slightly more verbalization- at least "I'm frustrated," or "I'm mad" gets announced, which is a helpful starting point.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2015