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December 8th, 2016

AAC Device Wisdom: the device is beside the point

Recently Erin Sheldon, M.Ed, noted on the QIAT Listserv:

"It is much easier to prescribe an AAC app than it is to thoughtfully
create a language-rich environment for a non-speaking student to have access to language development." 

So how do we create a language-rich environment?

"Label everything," Kate Ahern blogged last August, "with descriptive labels, not just with the symbol for the thing but also with core vocabulary, so instead of the symbol for 'light switch' by the light switch but a sentence strip of 'Turn light on' over the switch and 'Turn light off' under the switch.  Then model by pointing to each word on the label, and if possible in the communication system, EVERY time you use it.  Use visual schedules.  Model, model, model these adaptations ALL THE TIME."

Kate backs up Erin's point and takes us to church in this blog post. Check it out at Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs 

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