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"SUCCESS BOX" ORGANIZATIONAL STORAGE SYSTEM FOR VISUAL SUPPORTSKaren Sadler, M Ed, LBS-1 from Orland Park, IL
HOW IT BEGAN
It started as a project to create a tool that promoted organized and consistent use of visual supports for individuals with special needs (e.g., pictures used in Picture Exchange Communication Systems, tokens used in behavioral systems, etc.). It became an extensive tool that relieved stress for students, parents, and staff while promoting successful communication. Ultimately, it evolved into a way to employ students with disabilities and return the proceeds to organizations within the special needs community.
My story began with a little guy named Sam. When Sam showed up at our school with his big smile and his even bigger list of visual support needs, I knew we had to spring into action. Unfortunately, I also knew that getting Sam the necessary supports might take a few days, and that was unacceptable.
MY AHA MOMENTS
I was determined to create a proactive organizational system. No more wasting time hunting through baggies and binders for schedule cards. No more stressful pressure to create, print, cut, laminate, and assemble visual supports while the student was left waiting.
Like sugar plums dancing in my head, I imagined the perfect solution to our visual supports problem. After many trips to the craft store and some good old fashioned cut and paste skills, the first Success Box was created.
“SUCCESS BOX” SUCCESS
The Success Box was a success! Our entire staff now had instant access to the visual supports they needed at any point throughout the day. The stress of a missing support was reduced, and the consistent usage of necessary visual supports increased. It was clear that this organizational storage system was a great tool for colleagues and parents who wanted a solution to the overwhelming problem of organizing and managing visual supports at school, at home, and in the community.
The original Success Box Organizational Storage System was born and included:
Each Success Box also includes the booklet, “Organizing and Storing Your Visual Supports,” which is full of resources and how-to’s. Recently, we added the tote-sized Traveler Companion Binder for even greater mobility. This comes with eight tab-bags and ten double-sided tape squares. This addition is perfect for day trips, daycare and babysitter visits, as well as sleepovers.
The Success Box was recently featured as a top 10 gift in Autism Parenting Magazine.
Thank you for listening to my story. It is my sincere desire that the Success Box organizational system continues to reduce stress and provide positive, consistent support in the daily lives of parents and professionals when responding to an individual’s visual supports needs.