www.setbc.org/lcindexer/ [AAC Curriculum Documents (2008), Augmentative and Alternative Communication Skills and Strategies, p.2]
Over the 2010/2011 school year, Duncan and his team have been working towards obtaining High School credits through the AAC Curriculum. Duncan is a 17-year-old student who uses a Vmax speech-generating device as a primary mode of communication in the school setting. AAC Curriculum was developed by Special Education Technologies in British Columbia specifically for students who use AAC devices. This course supports students through various levels of competency in using their AAC devices for academic and social purposes. Recently this opportunity has been made available to some students in Ontario who are supported by representatives from AAC clinics.
Progress toward curriculum goals is targeted through a combination of instruction during the school day, and practice of skills in the school setting, at home and in the community. If you know a High School student like Duncan who would be interested in this opportunity, talk to your ACS clinician about the possibilities.
- “Ask me what I did today” stickers. Kids can wear these cool stickers to prompt others to start a conversation using their speech-generating device. Buy them online at: http://www.smilemakers.com/shop-by-product/stickers/teacher-stickers/ST184.html
Light Tech Ideas
Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt! Your child who uses an introductory speech-generating device can be in charge of issuing the challenges. Work together ahead of time to program an overlay or sequence of messages. Your child can then decide what you need to be searching for whilst out on your walk. “Find something with stripes”, “Find the letter m”, “Point to a funny shaped cloud”.
High Tech Ideas
Send a card to your teacher to thank them for a great year!!! Go to http://papunet.net/card and use keyboard or switches to write your card online.
- Did you know that some e-mail accounts are more secure than others? Do your research when using web-based e-mail so that you make the right choices to help keep your information safe.
· Do you know where Skye is? Follow Skye across Canada and tune in for details of campaign activities: http://www.kilometresforcommunication.com/
· Take a drive to Owen Sound on June 30th to cheer Skye into town and to take part in the local events surrounding Kilometres for Communication. Talk to your ACS clinician for more details.
· Sign up for summer camps! The OTP brochure (Opportunities to Participate) is at www.tvcc.on.ca
· Save the date! Come see the shows! Setting the Stage & On with the Show actors invite you to come see the performances on Friday August 26th 10.00am at the Spriet Family Theatre in Covent Garden Market in London. Come early to get a good seat!
· Making time for making changes. Connect with your ACS clinicians over the summer to talk about support for reviewing vocabulary, training around device programming, functional communication training, computer access, etc.