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Boardmaker v6

Boardmaker v6

Susan Shuttleworth

Tova Berger

Boardmaker software family
Boardmaker Software Family

  • The premier software for creating printed symbol-based communication and education materials.

  • Used by speech and language pathologists, regular and special educators, and ESOL teachers to help their students (early childhood, elementary, secondary, autism, adults, ESOL) learn and communicate.

3 software products
3 Software Products

  • Boardmaker (BM) - for printed materials.

  • Boardmaker Plus! (BM+) - brings BM activities to life on the computer making it an interactive learning and speaking tool featuring voice, sound, and video capabilities.

  • Boardmaker w/ Speaking Dynamically Pro (BM w/ SDP) - adds word prediction, abbreviation expansion, and additional voice options.

Highlights of bm
Highlights of BM

  • Drawing program combined with agraphics database featuring more then 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) in 44 languages in both color and black and white.

  • Print only - 325 templates, e.g., calendars, schedules, charts.

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Highlights of BM+

  • Complete BM package plus 250 sample boards for creating interactive learning tools (books, worksheets, games).

  • Categories include communication and participation, language, literacy, schedules and sequences, behavioral supports, functional skills, social studies, science, math, art.

Highlights of bm w sdp
Highlights of BM w/ SDP

  • Word prediction and abbreviationexpansion capabilities speed text input. Human sounding voices enhance capabilities as a speech output device.

  • Use BM+ and BM w/ SDP on the computer or portable devices like Boardmaker Activity Pad or Dynavox V.

Boardmaker in the classroom
Boardmaker in the Classroom

  • To structure environment - calendars, schedules, sequences, checklists for completion.

  • To support literacy instruction - decreases complexity of vocabulary, creates links between pictures and words to help recall and construct meaning.

  • To support academic success - assists recall of facts and memorization and acquisition of new information.

  • To enable communication and participation - communication boards, speech output device.


  • Easy to use, customize, and expand.

  • Can purchase numerous addendums like Boardmaker Home Toolkit (feeding the cat, chore charts) or Communicate: Webwide (can browse the web using PCS).

  • Excellent training and support via the web (much of it free).


  • Expensive

    • Boardmaker $329

    • Boardmaker Plus! $399

    • Boardmaker w/ Speaking Dynamically Pro $649

    • Boardmaker Activity Pad $899.

Contact information
Contact Information


  • Email: [email protected]

  • Phone: (800) 588-4548

  • Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Pacific Time

  • Fax: (858) 550-0449