Description of Boardmaker

  • According to Mayer-Johnson, Boardmaker (used with Windows and Macintosh) is a low-tech software which has 3500 Picture Communication Symbols that are used by students who need visuals to support their oral comprehension.
  • It is commonly used by students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or teams who support them.
  • This software has a user-friendly search engine which facilitates a search by allowing the user to look for symbols as a whole word, beginning of a word or any part of the word.
  • Symbols can be used in black and white or in colour with a variety of different templates and sizes.
  • Boardmaker is used to make a variety of communication boards for AAC technology, visual schedules, instruction sheets and task cards.
  • Add-ons can be purchased to increase the number of available symbols or photographs available.
  • The feature that allows the user to vary both the size of the symbol and text is useful for students at different stages of literacy.
  • If a student becomes more literate, the size of a symbol can be decreased and words can be added and eventually, the symbol may be removed.
  • Boardmaker is a great program for routines, visual schedules and choice making.
  • Boardmaker is one of the most popular AT tools that supports educational strategies to teach oral comprehension to those with expressive and receptive challenges. It is also one of the most commonly used programs in the field of augmentative/alternative communication.
  • Boardmaker and Speaking Dynamically Pro Combo is a drawing program combined with a graphics database which also has the ability to talk in human-like voices and play recorded sounds and movies. It also has word prediciton and abbreviation expansion capapilities. These can be used to create 'talking' communication boards.

You can download and install a trial version of Boardmaker from the Mayer-Johnson website.

This program has tutorials that can be downloaded from this site as well.