As I began to think about other possibilities for implementing illustration into resources for children, I had a neat conversation with my mom, a speech language pathologist. She works primarily with children under the age of 8, many of whom have developmental delays or cognitive disabilities. This was during the time when many of her therapy sessions had been pushed online because of Covid, and she had been looking for resources to use online. There are a few sites with available material, but many of the illustrations there are outdated or basic clipart. That is what inspired me to create these sets of sequencing cards.
Each set of illustrations provides simple step by step images that a child will be asked to arrange in order from start to finish. I chose to illustrate basic daily tasks that a child might need to perform so that it would not only be something relatable to converse about, but something that will become memorable when the child faces that problem in real life. To make these cards a successful learning tool for both language skills and problem solving, I created illustrations simple enough for a child to understand, but captivating using fun characters and bold color to hold attention and promote conversation.
I designed these cards with the intent for them to be able to fit both print and digital needs. By uploading individual illustrations to sites like Boom Learning, it makes card decks available for teachers and therapists to download and use directly in virtual classrooms. Print versions of the cards are laminated and can be manually manipulated by the child as they work to arrange the cards in order as opposed to the click and drag method used virtually.
While children’s illustration has been my primary interest and focus, and what I see myself continuing long term, I also enjoy more traditional graphic design, which is what you will see in my upcoming posts.
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