Take a moment to watch this great video of Linda Burkhart and a young child who uses AC. Linda was a classroom teacher who had a passion for AC and now is a consultant and speaker in field of Assistive Technology. (http://www.lindaburkhart.com/) Think about the subtle ways she is encouraging this child to become a great communicator.
Pati King-DeBaun is an SLP who speaks and consults throughout the world on topics of early language development, augmentative communication, early literacy support and children with disabilities. (http://www.creativecommunicating.com/) She is the author of this inspiring oath for professionals who work with students with severe and/or mulitple disabilities.
The Power of Believing
- Believe that all students can learn and have the right to.
- Believe that all students can communicate and have the right to.
- Believe that all students have the right to choose and should be given the opportunity to do so.
- Believe that there is always hope.
Share information about how your student communicate with others. For example, tell the secretary how Michael says "Yes" and "No" so that she can ask him questions when he visits the office.
Create a communication dictionary. This involves describing your students' communication abilities (what they do and what you think it means) to share with others. This helps everyone interpret communication attempts consistently and help the student to understand the power of his/her communication.
Inspire family members to use photos to create a personalized photobook. Add simple text related to the student to each page (For example: See Amy laugh, See Amy play. See Amy eat.) Add page fluffers (a piece of foam between the pages) to help students turn the pages on their own.
Light Tech Ideas:
Consider recording lines for the Christmas play on your child's simple SGD or recording a message of congratulations if you child is in the audience e.g. "Way to Go! Fantastic performance!"
Teach peers to listen to your child's voice (SGD) and how to reflect back on what has been said e.g. "I really like the new Selena Gomez song." "Yeah, I really like that song. I have it on my ipod."
High Tech Ideas:
Model phrases and sentences using the vocabulary on your child's communication device
I Can...be a Star!
We're All Stars: January 16, 2012. 10am – 2pm London Convention CentreThis is an annual celebration of TVCC's school age clients (10 years and up). Clients enjoy games, participate in All About Me displays, listen to presentations from three of their peers, get autographs from Sports celebrities and enjoy a pizza lunch. It's a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements of TVCC clients. For more information: http://www.tvcc.on.ca/all-stars-2009-4.htm
Individual Authorizer (I.A.) for Communication Aids
Workshop: January 31st, 2012. 8am-4pm Thames Valley Children's Centre $80
Individual Authorizers (I.A.) for Communication Aids prescribe specialized equipment with funding assistance from the Assistive Devices Program (A.D.P.). To get this designation you must be either an Occupational Therapist or Speech Language Pathologist in Ontario. For more information: http://www.tvcc.on.ca/individual-authorizer-ia-information.htm
Call the Centralized Equipment Pool (CEP) to obtain a registration form. 416-698-1305.
Check out the neat resources you can borrow from CEP once you become an IA... http://www.cepp.org/Individual%20Authorizers/I0028A48A
Switch it Maker Christmas: http://www.acciinc.com/products.php?product=SwitchIt!-Christmas-Extra
Say it With Symbols: This website has a variety of cards and gifts with PCS that you can purchase. http://www.givinggreetings.com/
Baking over the Holidays...here are some recipes that have symbols to help your child participate in baking. http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/resources_online/resource_online_results.html?words=visual+recipes
Jewish Celebrations: http://www.jgateways.org/resources-highholidays.html