Communication is a two-way, reciprocal process. We communicate with others to make our needs and desires known, and others communicate back to us to acknowledge and respond to our needs. Initially, we all need to be taught this basic premise of communication. A picture card system can provide someone with special needs the means to communicate his needs and a way to interact with his surroundings.
Using the above explanations for teaching, other examples of cards which should be kept easily accessible are:
basic: yes, no, I don't know, stop and bathroom cards
emotions: happy, sad, angry cards
health needs: "I don't feel good", headache, earache cards
Another useful tool is our feelings scale. Have someone point to the face that best explains how they feel. Useful when determining if a person is sick or hurt.
Need more Picture Cards? View2Do is an online program that lets you create customized teaching aids for visual learners.