Monday, October 17, 2016

No time to create low-tech AAC boards? Read on.....

...After just attending the International Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) conference this past August, we here at NCCSE AAC/AT (yep, me and Lydia) can officially (and internationally) confirm and support our mantra:

Core!  CORE!! AND MORE CORE!!!     graphic of the 36 location board

The concept is driven by that fact that as verbal speakers, the highest frequency words we use daily make up about 80% of our vocabulary and 20% is "fringe" or topic/theme specific words. Therefore, why wouldn't we model and provide input to our non-verbal students using these core words. We are simply giving them access to a core bank of words they can use in most any situation, any setting, any activity, to uses anytime they want.

So you say, "I don't have time to make these boards. Plus I don't know what words to put on a core board."  Your concerns have been heard and answered! Here's a great "click + download +  print"  or just "click + print" link in which the work has already been done:

You don't even need to have Boardmaker!  These wonderful folks at UNC Chapel Hill Center for Literacy and Disabilities have even put out the communication boards in pdf format!

Remember, model core vocabulary using Aided Language Stimulation (ALS) as a means to provide much needed input for your students. Down with the demands means we, the communication partner, model our verbal input paired to symbol icons on the student's AAC system without the student having to do anything but attend to the model.

Here's a wonderful example of this in action as Lynsey, classroom staff in Vista, balances her timing of modeling when her student is attending and positively rewarding him for sitting during whole group. Once he has earned his "X's" , she models: "go+get" and allows him to decide if he should go get the desired item or Lynsey should. Way to provide great input Lynsey without demands on him!!