|Thanks, Ryan. I know.|
|A short day. Removed one so you can see the Velcro strip beneath.|
I went around and took photos of everything she's likely to encounter in her school day, from her mat at "Morning Mat Time" to her Spanish teacher (who, yes, looks like a model even when I catch her running to her car after school) in order to make Abby individualized images. This was WAY more labor intensive then I'd anticipated and I seriously appreciate the pre-packaged sets now, but for our situation doing it myself was the only way to go.
1. Since Abby doesn't need a million of them to communicate, I went ahead and enlarged the standard format from 2X2 to a much less likely to be lost 3X3 inches. This makes everything easier to see and read, but it also means commerically available PECS pockets and folders won't work with my homemade ones.
2. I laminated mine onto cardstock-- this makes them more rigid and sturdy. I used a non-descript color so I don't have to worry about matching it later when I need to make more. The cutesy-colored and decorated ones are great and all, but if you have a kid who values "sameness" this is key.
3. Blank PECS! This is a brilliant idea. Like with our chore charts, I just write on the laminated square with a dry erase pen if something unique is happening in her day and I need to give her a heads up. For instance, I'm not going to make her a special PEC for an "Earthquake Drill" she only does once a month. Plus, how do you make a non-terrifying image for that?? I stuck Velcro to the pen and attached it to the binder too.
|If only these emoticons were gifs... moving them back and forth with my hands isn't the same.|
4. The folder that IS the chart: stole this idea from Pinterest but can't find the image now... that said, go ahead, search Pinterest for the word "PECS"... pretty nice treat for Mommy! Anyway, this is great. I used a standard binder (make sure it is the kind that will lay flat), sticky backed Velcro, hole punched sheet protectors and plastic dividers. The dividers must be plastic, the paper ones no matter how sturdy will rip. The sheet protectors keep her "Social Stories" neatly organized, her teacher's rough (to the point of uselessness, but that's just me bitching) daily outline, and her weekly "smiley face reports" safe. All her interventions are in one place! The Velcro strips on the cover are for today's schedule, any PECS not being used are stored inside on the dividers.