Posted on December 05, 2014 in News
How about giving the gift of communication, access, and adaptation? On Day 5, consider gifting an augmentative and alternative communication [AAC] tool that can be used by all.
A single-message communicator can be used by students needing communication support, but it can also be used by all learners in the context of daily lessons. Use it to add sound effects to your skits, to announce a “fact of the day” or to read a repeating line in a favorite storybook. These practices help students with disabilities get repeated practice using supports and provide all learners with opportunities to learn about possibilities for assistive technology.
A picture-based communication board can be used in any early elementary classroom as a storytelling tool. For instance, you can have students “write” three sentences using only options on the board and then use that story starter to create a longer narrative. Or stock your board with content-area vocabulary words and have students play a game where one student “calls out” a word and other students have to define it.
Keep in mind that “assistive tech for all” can work for families too. Devices can be used to sing songs (e.g., happy birthday, Christmas carols), play games (e.g., “your turn”, “my turn”), and suggest conversation topics at the dinner table.