Custom Boards

If you are looking for an app to help you create amazing visual support materials easily on your iPad, look no further: You will love Custom Boards! 
Astonishingly powerful, and surprisingly intuitive to use, Custom Boards is an ingenious activity creator for the iPad that is magnet for creativity. Within minutes, create your own paper based activity. This is a must for the toolbox of any educator, therapist or parent looking for a speech therapy software to create custom visual support materials.
Custom Boards is a true bargain compared to computer based activity/ board creating programs that cost 10 to 20 times as much for similar features. Custom Boards is the first and only iPad based board and activity creator that covers a wide range of activities.
Custom Boards app

Wonderful app with limitless opportunities. I can create games, homework and visuals in a matter of minutes. I don’t know what I would do without this app

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For Special Education Teachers

Spice up your classroom with stunning word walls, clever classroom signs, or fun holiday student artifacts. Easily create your own visually stunning worksheets, homework, or educational games!

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For Parents

Help your child with clear expectations and structure with fully customizable schedules and labels. Need something to do on a rainy day: Create books, greeting cards a family tree amongst a large host of interesting templates that can make any day an exercise in creativity.

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For Speech-Language Pathologists

Search the gigantic built-in Smarty Symbols library by sound and position to efficiently create articulation activities. Make therapy focused boardgames, playing cards, and sequencing activities. Create overlays for 33 different communication devices and switches (such as the Go Talk 9+, Big Mac and Tech Talk).

Create Visual Support in Minutes

Custom Boards by Smarty Ears

1. Select from hundreds of templates

Custom Boards app for iPad Visual Support

2. Tap to add an image

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3. Add Image and Customize

35,000 images to select from

Custom Boards for visual creativity
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You can also add your own custom images!

Custom Boards is powered by Smarty Symbols. Smarty Symbols is the most diverse and inclusive symbol library in the world. 

Nonetheless, you can also import your own images to create custom visual support on Custom Boards.

Select Images from hundreds of categories

Tap the downward facing arrow in the top right to picture, a wheel will appear with over 100 categories to pick from. You can further narrow the search by selecting words that only contain just a specific sound including blends. There is yet one more layer of options allowing to search that sound by a specific location within the word : initial, medial or final. When you are finished selecting your options press the “done” button in the top right. The images in the box below will all reflect your selected criteria!

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Video Tutorial:

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Perfect for any classroom teacher or homeschooling parent!

What are speech pathologists saying?

This keeps getting better and better- I really love the ability to add images anywhere, and the new lower price is wonderful as it is accessible to more people. It has so handy finding words for articulation practice, for example. I find myself using this a lot. I got it on sale, so it has been a bargain. I’m glad the dev has listened to user input on improvements.

iTunes Review

As an SLP, I really like using this app for my students who need visual supports. I love that you can search within the bank for pictures and edit them as needed. The quick creation of a game board is also super fun and the kids really enjoy taking them home to practice. I love the differences in verb tenses as well and I like having the ability to change the background colors and things too.”

iTunes Review

“I have been a fan of this app for quite some time (as you will see in the examples below). Not only can you create your own materials from thousands of images and over 100 templates, but now you can SHARE your masterpieces between other owners of this app (their newest update). Although this app is a bit on the pricier Reviews: side, it’s well worth the cost! Consider it one-stop shopping for everything you need to quickly conjure up an unlimited number of games and activities.”

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“Overall, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this app! There are so many things to do, and so many ways to use it! I’m sure that without trying too hard, I could find some way to use this app for each and every kiddo on my caseload.”

Let's Talk

Incredible, comprehensive, amazing, dynamic – these are just some of the descriptive words that came to mind the first time I opened, Custom Boards – Premium by Smarty Ears! I can’t believe that I have gone this long without checking it out! Don’t make the same mistake I made, take a look for yourself at what you can do with this treasure. This has quickly become my top, must have application. Whether you work in a school setting or clinic, see clients individually or in classroom settings, you will want to get this app.

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The Evidence Behind Custom Boards

  • A research study by Wilkinson, Carlin, & Jagaroo, 2006, found that children are faster and more accurate in learning symbols when the symbols had unique internal colors; therefore users are also able to to change background colors on each individual cell on Custom Boards.
    **Evidence Based and Custom Boards: “The use of visual supports and symbols as receptive and expressive components of an AAC system has been established as an evidence-based practice for individuals with Autism Syndrome (Mirenda & Iacono, 2009)”
    ***”Wendt (2009) found that the use of graphic symbols for requesting has the most extensive evidence base for people with ASD.”