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Finalist of the About.com "Best App for Special Needs of 2012".

***"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." TeacherwithApps.com ***

Custom Boards Premium is an evidence based app designed to serve as a board and activity creator for speech therapists, teachers, special education and parents of children who need symbols to communicate and learn. Custom Boards includes over 15 thousand built in symbols from the Smarty Symbols library and the ability to add your own photos.

Custom Boards allows you to select from a pool of templates in six areas: Devices& Switches, Grids & Boards, Schedules, Activities, Signs, Labels & Worksheets.

Ou Premium version offers a total of 126+ Templates.

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.

We have included an area that allows you to suggest templates to us to be available on future updates of Custom Boards.

After you select your template, select the images and edit text for each symbol you are ready to PRINT, SAVE, or E-MAIL the final template to yourself. You can print directly from the device if you use an AirPrint ready printer. Custom Boards also allows you to keep your finalized templates organized into folders, which is great for teachers creating boards for multiple students.

It is also possible to save templates to your computer in pdf. format via iTunes. Please visit our website for a tutorial.

Custom Boards is the first and only app of its kind and a revolution for special education!

**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."

What's New

Version 7.2

We have updated some Smarty Symbols & updates template section style

Customer Reviews

Great updates, love the lower price!


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 been 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. Thank you to the developer for pointing out that the device's Voice Over can be used in this app, I didn't know that!

Developer Response

Thank you so much for such kind words. You can actually use the iPad voice over feature to generate voice; but the primary purpose of the app is not to serve as an AAC device, but to create printable materials.

So easy to use


I love Custom Boards. So user friendly and efficient! I highly recommend this app.

Developer Response

Thank you for such positive words!



This is use of the iPad at its finest. There are so many options on this new update. I make articulation homework pages quickly for exactly the words I want. I make vocabulary and activity sheets equally quickly. The templates are great! The pictures are fun, and though I assume I will eventually find a word I want that isn't on there, it hasn't happened yet! In addition to making pages on my own, the students love to assist in making their own sheets. The variety of templates makes even the same picture board new. I can make a communication board to match an activity in just a few minutes.

I have not used the scheduling function, so I can't speak to that, but it looks just as great as the boards and activity sheets-- easily customizable with great pictures. The only thing that would make this app any better for me would be a printer that connects with my iPads, and my lack of a printer certainly isn't a fault of Smarty Ears!


Smarty Ears, LLC
503.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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