Lamination is simply the process of enveloping a document between two layers of plastic film and sealing its edges in order to provide a level of protection against outside influences that may cause damage. Photos, posters, letters, certificates and cards are all examples of documents that commonly utilize such a technique, and the items can either be produced professionally or with special laminating products that are used in the home.
I was hoping you could provide some information to me on whether or not Laminating Photographs will help preserve them, or if it will damage them.
Is a special Laminating film required so as the chemicals don’t damage the photo over time…and is a special laminator or temperature for the laminator needed so that the photos don’t get damaged from the heat? Do people usually laminate their photographs?
The photographs that may get Laminated(depending on your response) were professionally printed and cost a fair amount…so I’m just skeptical of whether laminating would ruin them, or if they are better off tucked away in my portfolio and in albums.
The other way to laminate them is to do it like a driver’s license, where the photo is simply encased in a thin plastic sleeve which is then stuck or heat-sealed together. This is like the type of sticky laminate sold at the office-supply store. Again, a professional will do a much better job using his specialty equipment than you can do at home with a sticky plastic sheet and your fingers. You have to be careful not to trap dust under the plastic; you have to get all the bubbles out; the seal must be perfect. It’s a PIA. However, done correctly, it’ll be water-resistant, if not waterproof. The edges will be surrounded by a small amount of clear laminate, which may not be attractive to you.
As many parents of autistic children know, ABA Therapy is the only treatment that is proven effective for the treatment of ASD. The only treatment covered by most insurers and offered by most schools, ABA Training works to rewire the neurons in a child’s brain, helping them to create pathways that are present in the brains of most children and allowing them the ability to communicate and learn in much the same manner as their peers, and things such as pictures help to make this more effective.
The cards help the children make a visual connection to different ideas and concepts. Picture cards can also be used to help teach language and expression. Cards with varied scenes and images can be used in a variety of ways, including enabling educators to ask general questions to help the child understand what is happening in the picture.
There is no doubt that ABA therapy is effective, and there is also no doubt that picture cards can help it work even better. When utilized with proper discrete teaching trials and as part of a standard ABA curriculum, these cards can offer teachers a much better way to help students understand ideas and concepts. Learning can be a very attainable goal for students with autism spectrum disorder, and offering the tools and supplements needed to make it easier can greatly improve the results.
Picture cards are often an integral part of Applied Behavior Analysis. For children with autism spectrum disorder, large concepts and the idea of cause and effect are not immediately recognizable. Instead, concepts must be broken down into individual steps or tasks. This is true for such acts as tying shoes or brushing teeth and is also true for concepts such as the movement of the sun during the day or rain falling from the clouds. Picture cards help to break down these tasks and concepts into images that represent each step.