Tangible Symbol Cues

At Adaptive Design we provide the Standardized Tactile Augmentative Communication Symbols Kit for American Printing House. We also customize symbols on a case-by-case basis.
Get inspired by our past symbol cards or create your own request to fit your own needs. 

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Wall Board

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Single Holder


Cue Display

Calendar Holder

The order form includes dozens of commonly requested symbol cards and a full range of holders, displays, and choice boards. 

A young student in a wheelchair with an attached plexiglass tray is laughing as an adult shows him a rubber duck embedded in a 4” x 6” white card.  The adult, a man with glasses and a beard, is holding a spray bottle pointed toward the boy and is smiling.  The background shows classroom shelves.

Water Play

A student is looking down at a 4x6” white card. His arms are resting on a blue cushion. The boy holds the card with his right hand, touching the red and yellow Ritz crackers wrapper embedded in it. His teacher, across the table from him, holds one corner of the Ritz crackers card with her right hand, while showing another card with her left.   That one has two small ceramic tiles embedded in it.

Snack and Bathroom

A young student wearing a long-sleeved purple top reaches toward two cards held in front of her by an adult’s arm.  One is a 4” x 6” white card with a yellow tennis ball embedded in it.  The other card, barely 2” square, is right above it.  She is  touching the smaller card with one finger. Her other hand is tucked completely inside her sleeve.


A boy about 6 years old is facing mostly away from the camera, looking at 6 white cards, 4 x 6 inches each, arranged in 2 rows.  Each card has a 3-dimensional object partly embedded in it.  The boy is touching the card with the small yogurt cup, beneath which is a  label: “yogurt.”  The other cards are “juice” (juice box),  “drink” (plastic cup),  “cereal” (cereal pieces encased in plastic),  “muffin” and “food.” (The last two objects are obscured.)

Food and Beverage

Standardized Tactile Augmentative Communication Symbols Kit by American Printing House
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Tactile symbol systems are valuable tools that aid learners with conversations about people, places, events, and ideas. STACS: Standardized Tactile Augmentative Communication Symbols Kit helps learning partners (teachers, parents, peers, etc.) teach a beginning standardized vocabulary. Teachers then introduce additional individualized symbols as needed. 

Tangible symbols are appropriate for use as a receptive form of communication with any learner who is deafblind and as an expressive form of communication for learners who have a predictable motor, behavioral, or communicative response that the communication partner can interpret.