November 2009In previous issues of I Can… we have explored the importance of developing literacy skills with students who use AAC. In this issue we take a closer look at what’s involved in adapting children’s picture books for early readers … or maybe a whole shelf of books!
Here are suggestions for core vocabulary that can be used to rephrase part of a well-known children’s story. Can you work out what the book is? Scroll to the bottom of the blog for the answer:
1. 1 little, 2 little, 3 little
5. I want to eat you!
9. Run away little one.
2. All go away
6. Ready? Here I come.
10. Away goes Big Bad.
3. Look! Here comes Big
7. You don’t eat me. Stop!
11. Uh oh. I see Big Bad.
4. Little one, little one, are
8.No, no, no. You do not
12. Here comes Big Bad again.
Help! I don’t have time to adapt books!
- in schools, involve older students who can cut and laminate.
I don’t have Boardmaker software. Where can I find symbols and print them out?
- Boardmaker is available for use in the TVCC Resource Centre.
How do I read a book using core vocabulary?
- Hunt at the Dollar store to find items to use as page fluffers that can make it easier to turn the pages.
Many items are available in the scrap booking and craft aisles. Ensure that page fluffers are securely
attached as these small items can be choking hazards.
- Create a display that allows your child to have some control over the book reading process. Include
messages that allow your child to start an activity (“Read it again”), change what is happening (“Get a
different book”), stop the activity (“Let’s do something else”) or comment on the book (“That’s
funny!”). Add soft (loop) Velcro to your display. Put corresponding hard (hook) Velcro spots on the
back of the books that you frequently read together. When a book is selected, pop the board onto the
back and flip the book over to allow your child to use it.
Light Tech Ideas
- Use a mini-flashlight (available at stores like Canadian Tire) to draw a child’s attention to the word and
symbol that you are emphasizing as you read.
High Tech Ideas
- Kids love to read books over and over again – you’ll get tired of the story long before they will! Record the lines of simple storybooks into a high tech device to allow a student to “read” more independently. Some devices will allow the addition of scanned pictures from a book to increase interest, e.g. Springboard Lite.
Talking With our Mouths Full!
October was AAC Awareness Month and a group of individuals who use AAC, together with family
and caregivers, met over lunch and everyone experienced conversing using only AAC. The turnout was
superb and everyone participated with enthusiasm. Keep an eye out for next year’s event!!!
Also, check out The Many Methods One Goal to Communicate Collection of stories and videos at:
Resources: Check out some websites ….
Information about adapted books: www.aten.scps.k12.fl.us/pdfs/Adapted%20Books.pdf
The why’s and the how’s:
Adapt-a-Lap Book Holder for when you don’t think you have enough hands to juggle everything:
or the Table Mate, available at stores such as Canadian Tire:
ANSWER: Did you guess right? The book was “The 3 Little Pigs”.