- How can I possible model symbol communication and core vocabulary during a whole group?
- I don't have time to program or create a symbol board each week for my 1 or 2 students with limited verbal communication.
- What vocabulary words do I target? There are so many!
All of these are valid, real world challenges. Whenever we find a colleague, teacher, or therapist who has cleverly faced and overcome some of these challenges, we are quick to pass these strategies on to others in the field. Why re-invent the wheel?
This month we wanted to highlight Haley Harrington's pre-K classroom in Del Mar Union School District. She has creatively come up with ways to model symbol, core-based vocabulary for her students on a daily basis that keep her little ones engaged and participating, despite their complex communication needs.
Check out this video of Haley using Aided Language Stimulation modeling during whole group instruction:
This video, Haley describes, how she created her own core-based classroom communication board:
Here are Haley and her staff in action pairing Video Self Modeling techniques and Aided Language Modeling of core vocabulary:
Once your core classroom board is made, there's no need for day-to-day or week-to-week prep of materials. Core words can be woven into any theme, activity, lesson, or location. That's the beauty of core words!! Additionally, the student is getting large amounts of repetition of these words across settings, communication partners, and activities.
The BEST part about Haley's classroom is the student engagement and the FUN everyone is having... including Haley! Thanks for sharing Haley!!