Symbol for Windows for parents/caregivers and professionals

This page is about the facilities within the end-user modules for parents and professionals and about those modules that have been especially designed for them to make materials for the end-user modules. Are you looking for information on how to create materials for use in therapy sessions or in schools? Go to the page about creating materials.

Editmode and usermode

The programs that are meant for end-users with a handicap, the Personal Communicator, the Document Maker and the games (end-user modules), are all equipped with an editmode and a usermode. In the editmode the parent or professional can adjust the program to fit the needs of the user. For example:

Easy to use

Despite their extensiveness, the program settings are not hard to adjust. Symbol for Windows looks like most standard Windows programs, so it's functionalities are recognizable and can be learned while working with them. If you would like some help anyway, look in the manuals that are provided with the programs, or visit professor Symius, and watch one of the many tutorials. Some of our distributors offer courses, too.

Modules for parents and professionals

The materials you can make to use in the Personal Communicator and the Document Maker, can be created with the help of those programs themselves. A vocabulary can be constructed that way, just fine. However, the list of programs below may be of interest to you.

Creating vocabularies

Creating a vocabulary can be even easier with the Vocabulary Maker. Most noticeable advantage is the drag-and-drop method: two vocabularies can be open at the same time: an empty vocabulary that you are working on, and a source vocabulary, such as a standard database, a folder on your computer containing pictures, or a previously created user vocabulary. Symbols or pictures can be moved from one window to the other by a single movement of the mouse. Read more.

Creating your own database

One of the biggest advantages of Symbol for Windows is the possibility to choose from a large number of different symbol databases to use with the programs. You can also use your own pictures (or sounds) by importing them from your computer into a Symbol for Windows selection set. But even more is possible: with the Image Manager you can create your own database with symbols from existing symbol libraries, your own pictures or sounds, or symbols and pictures that have been made available through the internet. This will give you access to your own collection of symbols with the use of one single database, that you can open in all Symbol for Windows programs. Repeatedly importing your own pictures is a problem of the past and this program is of course very well suited for people with the ambition to make their own symbol library available to the world. Read more.

Looking up symbols

With the Symbol for Windows Encyclopedie you can view symbols from different symbol libraries at the same time. The program contains extensive search possibilities to find specific symbols or concepts..Read more.

Exporting symbols

Do you want to use symbols in computerprograms other than Symbol for Windows modules? With the Export Program you can export symbols as an image file (many common formats supported), copy the symbol to the clipboard, or print the symbols with different options.Read more.