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USING WRITING WITH SYMBOLS 2000 FOR LITERACY

Paul Peake
Mayer-Johnson Co.
P.O. Box 1579
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 800-588-4548 or 858-550-0084
Fax: 858-550-0449
Website: http://www.mayerjohnson.com

This session will be an introduction to Writing With Symbols 2000, a word/graphic processor that allows you to make rebus stories simply by typing. The program runs on Windows 95 and contains 3,800+ Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and 4,000+ Rebus symbols. Use it to write symbol stories or to adapt materials to include the special needs student in the regular classroom. A teacher can also set up writing environments that allow a student to write by selecting pictures.

Writing With Symbols 2000 is a creating tool for parents, teachers, and students. Use it to teach literacy by creating the following:

Just by typing, it will allow you to bring your student's day into print, to share with friends and family.

Writing With Symbols 2000 also produces speech output if you have a sound card in your computer. Create your story and have it read aloud. A perfect companion during circletime tales, giving an oral presentation, or just reading a story aloud.

The software program contains 3,800+ Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and 4,000+ Rebus symbols. Also included is a spell checker suggesting both text and pictures.

Writing With Symbols 2000 will allow text users to add symbols to their documents, will help teach symbol users to associate symbols with text, and allow non-speaking individuals to read their stories aloud.


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