Vocabulary suggestions for going back to school:
How was your summer?
Wanna know what I did?
I missed you.
What’s your name?
What are we doing next?
Tell me about your summer.
Can I play with you at recess?
Guess what I did this summer! You can ask me ‘yes’ ‘no’ questions.
Do you have any photos?
Can we schedule a play date?
Can you add your name to my communication display?
Check out my photos. They’re in my backpack.
“I Can…participate in class" - ideas for getting things off to a good start
New school year, new class, new teacher and new friends to make. When a student uses augmentative and alternative communication it can take some time for new listeners to become familiar with how to interact successfully with that student. Here are some suggestions to help facilitate this:
· Make peers aware of all the ways the student uses AAC to express himself
· Help peers understand how best to present information, to ask questions and what to look for as a response
· Organize a ‘Show and Tell’ during which all students have an opportunity to use a communication board or device
· Remember that using AAC takes time – your student may need a prompt that his turn is coming to answer a question so that he can get his response ready
· The student using AAC may not have the exact vocabulary needed to participate – think of how to ask a question so that general vocabulary rather than specific can be used (e.g. ask student to describe dinosaurs – loud, big, noisy, dirty etc. rather than asking for specific names)
· Learning new concepts – let parents or caregivers know if vocabulary needs to be added to a device or communication display to facilitate the student’s learning
High Tech Ideas
Don’t miss out!!! Device Training opportunities!!!
ACS will be hosting the following full day workshops at TVCC:
Dynavox V and VMax
Resources: Check out some websites ….
AdaptedLearning.com is a free web resource from Mayer-Johnson and DynaVox that combines file sharing, powerful search capabilities, implementation articles, open discussion forums, and community functions. Start finding what you need among thousands of Boardmaker boards and sharing what you have created to help others.
http://aex.intellitools.com/ sign up for the IntelliTools activity exchange, which provides access to hundreds of free Classroom Suite activities.
Check out manufacturers’ websites for new products, such as Ablenet’s “Equals”, a mathematics curriculum for students of differing abilities http://www.ablenetinc.com/Home/Curriculum/Equals/tabid/460/Default.aspx
http://closingthegap.com/ Closing the Gap strives to provide parents and educators alike, the information and training necessary to locate, compare, and implement assistive technology.