Thursday, October 29, 2015

Editing- Adding Photos for Beginning Communicators


A thought about programming/editing the device: Before replacing a portion of the icons with photos, think about all the icons (Netflix, Youtube, Disney, Target, etc) The student has learned without being specifically taught. He learned them because they were introduced naturally (they are also motivating). Often the photos create less flexible use of the words (needing 2-3 different photos to request different kinds of chips). I would limit the use of photos to people.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

KEEP IT CORE!

Many of the communication apps available are very robust and come loaded with over 6,000 core vocabulary words that users can access to create unique, novel expression. Rather than customizing and creating fringe vocabulary buttons, best practice recommends focusing on 5-10 key core words per week or per month.  Better for the AAC user and less time for everyone else! :)
-Dawn Shirvanian