- Top 30 Core Words (Information from work by Gail M. Van Tatenhove)
all done / finished
all gone / gone
not / don’t
I / name
you / your
do / does / did
look / see
- Once you've decided "witch" words you want to focus on, the trick is to make sure everyone knows!
- Post a list on the classroom wall where your child can easily see it. Paste the corresponding symbol(s) on the list. Be sure to become familiar with where these words are on your child's communication system.
- Post a list at home where everyone can see.
- Think of opportunities for your child to use these words many times throughout the day.
- Model the words yourself in the classroom and at home to help reinforce the meaning.
- Kids who are verbal, learn the meaning of a word by repeatedly hearing it used in context and by saying it. Kids who use AC need the same opportunities to see how symbols can be used to convey meaning.
- Point to the symbols representing the key words on your child's display or device. You do not have to point to every word in your sentence to express your overall message. A mini light pointer can also be used to "point" to the symbols.
- Let your child know that you will be using his/her display.
I Can...be a Star!
We'd like to recognize the use of communication displays within our Seating and Mobility Services (SAMS) at TVCC. (Left to Right: Christie Beldom, Sue Kirkpatrick, Julie Denney). If you would like more information about the communication displays that were developed for TVCC seating appointments, please contact Lisa Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
My experience with the communication boards has motivated me to interact with my non-verbal clients more and improve my use with the communication boards as these clients may have thoughts of their own that they would like to express, but don’t always get the chance to do so."