By Judith Maginnis Kuster
Many of today's clinicians may not remember the days of cutting and pasting pictures from magazines and Golden Book dictionaries to create treatment materials. It used to be the method of choice for those of us not blessed with artistic abilities. Although commercial companies now produce an abundance of resources, the materials available may not fit the needs of a particular client, or clinicians may find satisfaction in creating some of their own materials.
Little pictures called "clip art" are available commercially. Programs such as Hyperstudio, Power Point, Adobe Photo Deluxe and recent versions of most word processing software also have clip art files that you can use to develop your own materials. With those programs you simply "insert" the clip art into your page.
The Internet is another important resource for clip art, and it is free! Using clip art, or any picture from the Internet, requires you to be able to do three things‹find the pictures, download them to your computer, and insert them into a Word document to print out.
There are at least two search engines dedicated to finding pictures.
To insert the image into a word document use the "insert" command in your Word program and choose "picture." Select the name and location of the file you saved. The picture will then be inserted. Some Word programs will allow you to adjust the size of the image after you have inserted it.
It is also possible to combine these last two steps instead of downloading several images to your computer, by selecting "copy" (instead of "save image as"), opening the program where you want to insert the picture, and selecting "edit paste." Since you are using word processing, you will also be able to add text to your materials. Consult the manual of your word processing program for instructions.
Judith Kuster is in the department of speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of Kusters Internet columns are on the ASHA Web site in HTML format with active links http://professional.asha.org/news/news.cfm, although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.