Host your own “Talking with Our Mouths Full” event – people learn a lot through experience. Provide family, friends, peers or colleagues with an opportunity to find out how it feels to use AAC by organizing an event where everyone gets to use an AAC system. Everyone is encouraged to “leave their voice at the door” and to communicate just with the communication displays provided.
Meet your guests at the door: explain how to use the communication boards and the rules!
- Record messages onto a simple speech-generating device to allow a student to welcome people to your event. Include a question or two to get the interactions started: “Welcome to our quiet lunch. Please take a communication board. Leave your voice at the door and use the board to chat. What do you think you will have for lunch?"
- With many high tech devices, it is possible to print out the communication pages so that you have a low-tech paper display. (This works well as a back-up if your device is not available or not working). Talk to your ACS clinicians if you have questions about how to do this.
I Can…be a Star!
Lights, Camera, Action!
In August our TVCC actors delighted an audience by performing 6 adapted plays, using speech-generating devices to deliver their lines. The plays were written and directed by an amazing group of Original Kids. What an experience for everyone involved!
If you know a “star in the making” who would like to join us next August, send an e-mail to Kelli & Gill (contact info below). We’ll let you know when the planning begins.
3rd Annual School Age Children with Special Needs Sat. Nov. 20 2010, 9:00am - 3:30pm
This full day of interactive workshops is geared to parents/caregivers of school age children and/or children soon entering the school system with special needs. Come see us at the displays featuring AAC!
Check the TVCC Calendar of Events for details: www.tvcc.on.ca
ISAAC Canada – use this website for general information about AAC that you can share at your event:
Free picture / symbol resources:
Grocery PECS has realistic grocery pictures and free DVD pictures at http://grocerypecs.com/
Print ready to use communication tools at do2learn http://www.dotolearn.com/picturecards/printcards/index.htm