“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!”
Lifesaver!! by GradSLP – Version 1.3 – Jun 25, 2012

About Custom Boards

Astonishingly powerful, and surprisingly intuitive to use, Custom Boards is an ingeni-ous board and 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 otherwise crafty individual.
As a finalist of the prestigious about.com’s “Reader’s Choice” award in 2012, Smarty Ears’ has refused to rest on their laurels, instead they have continually improved an already powerful app to contain even more features.
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.

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Create visual support materials in minutes! 

For Sped 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!

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.

For Speech Therapists

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).

Choose from over 125 templates from within 6 categories

Includes over 25,000 Smarty Symbols

How to use Custom Boards

There are two ways to add images or text to a template:

By tapping on an empty cell.


By tapping on the photo icon in lower left side of the template.

Adding images via Fixed Placement:
Selectable areas:

After selecting a template, tap on one of the white areas to add a picture or text; these white boxes are selectable areas that make it easy for pictures or text to fit perfectly. Touch the “Add image” button to bring up your options for this image. There are 4 types of images you can add to custom boards. You can select a Smarty Symbol,  select a photo from your photo library, or take a picture directly from your iPad.

Type the name of the image you are searching for in the top center “search” box, and select one of the symbols on the right hand side. The selected symbol will now fill the box on the left with the text that corresponds to the image right above it.

If you wish to change the background color (this is optional), touch a color from the “background color wheel”. If you wish to change or delete the text tap the text above the picture to make any changes.

When you are done tap once on the image that you just added the new image will appear on your template.

Search for a Smarty Symbol based off of a category or sound

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!

Easily import your own images

After tapping on ” add image”, tap on the green or orange icons on the top right size of the screen to select an existing photo from your library.

Share editable files with other Custom Boards users

Take collaboration to the next level in your school or district by sharing your editable files with other teachers, parents or therapists who also use custom boards. This allows the person you sent the file to make changes so that they can adjust it for their students’ needs.
To do this:
Select the green check mark button in the top right corner. Elect “share editable file”. This opens up your email with the Custom Boards file you created as an attachment. When the receiver of the email opens the attachment it will load the board automatically into their custom boards archive.

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.

“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.”

“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.”

Research 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.”

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