- Written by Adina Bradshaw
Here is a great idea for using picture symbols from http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/
This special needs teacher is so creative!
These hip bracelets are for sale at Shanalogic. They hold four photos or for our purposes picture symbols. They come in these glitter styles, blue, green, crean or black with embelishments, green or blue with a bold accent, and a very masculine black or brown studded style.They could be a very stylish and cool way to bring some low tech communication or visual support to our students. They could be worn by teachers, aides, parents or students themselves.
- Written by Adina Bradshaw
Did you know that there are summer camps that focus on using AAC? Well there are a lot of them!!
It may be too late for summer '09, but keep them in mind for summer '10!
- AAC Camp at Shady Oaks Summer Camp - by ACTSIL, Illinois
- Authentic Voices of America Camp - Wisconsin
- Building Bridges Camp - The Bridge School, California
- Camp Casey - Kiwanis, Washington
- Camp Chatterbox - by Children's Specialized Hospital, New Jersey
- Camp Communicate - PineTree Society, Maine
- Camp Courage - programs for teens and adults, Minnesota
- Camp Jabber Jaw - Mississippi
- Camp McYack - Jackson County Intermediate School District, Michigan: This unique camp is available free of charge for parents and children who use a Dynovox/Dynamyte augmentative device to communicate.
- Camp Talk - Summer Camp in San Diego, California
- Camp Talkabout- Rhode Island Developmental Disability Council
- Chit-Chat ACAT Summer Camp - Franciscan Hospital for Children, Massachusetts: No camp for the Summer of 2009. Check back for Summer 2010
- Talkabout AAC Camp - Alaska, Rhode Island -Information about camp for 2007 and 2008, but no information about 2009 or 2010.
- Talking With Technology Camp - The Children's Hospital, Colorado
- More summer camps:
- Written by Administrator
The contributors to this site have worked with children and adults who use AAC for over 10 years. They have a plethora of expertise and experience in this field. I would like to start sharing their experiances with you.
I have a client that I have worked with for over 3 years. I will refer to him as Bob. Bob is diagnosed with a congenital syndrome. He is completely non verbal and only produces vowel approximations of words. When I met Bob, his means of communication consisted of nodding his head, pointing, vocalizations and writing words and phrased on a pad of paper. At school he is labeled "Moderately Intellectually Disabled". This means that according to the school's tests, his IQ and adaptive scores fall 3-4 standard deviations below the norm or as the literature for the school states he will "demonstrate an intellectual ability of approximately one-third or one-half thats of their average peers". He enjoys using the computer and is an excellent typist. Two years ago, he was given a DynaWrite by the school district and used it to communicate. Even though his school speech therapists encouraged him to use the device, his teacher did not. He continued to write on a pad of paper to communicate with his mother. At school, I believe he was still underestimated and could have been accomplishing more. Bob was not using his device at school, home, or in his work environments, even though he wanted to communicate. Recently, I was able to get him a Lightwriter SL40 with funding. He used it for a trial period of 3 months and enjoyed it, so we ordered it for him. His mother reports that he is independently using it at home and in the community. I see him once a week, and he is using 5-7 word sentences, multiple sentences and he takes full advantage of word prediction. Bob is a very bright man and only a few people recognize this.
The point of this introduction is this: The charger for this device was back ordered. It was sent to my office 3 weeks ago. I forgot to bring it to him two weeks ago when I saw him. At the end of that visit two weeks ago, I told him to email me and remind me to bring the charger. Tonight, two weeks after seeing him, he independently wrote me an email stating: "you have to bring the 2nd charger tomorrow". I had forgotten. I am sure his mother forgot, but he remember and he reminded me. Incredible.
Please do not underestimate someone or think that they are not capable just because they are nonverbal. Even if a person is nonverbal they have potential. Do not give up on them!
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