Categorizing Task Builds AAC Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is essential for our kiddos – especially those with AAC devices. We need to teach our guys to say more than just “I want iPad.” We have been doing some really fun activities to get my students used to using this device and teaching them how to find different items or phrases. We have been doing categorizing activities with PECS pictures. This guy needs to request the item and then categorize it into the correct group. This is perfect because categorizing is the basis of using an AAC device. If you are asking for pizza – you need to first decide if pizza is in the food or animals category.

The Autism Helper - Assistive Tech Activity

 

This categorizing activity is improving his skill level on navigating between pages, learning where specific vocabulary is located, and increasing his overall communication opportunities. I am also teaching him to go to the keyboard page when he does cannot find the picture. He can copy the letters from the picture I am using to prompt him to request his item  – then it works on spelling too!

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What is your experience with AAC device? Any activity recommendations? Anyone use a nova chat?

 

16 Comments

  1. What AT program are you using for this activity?

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  2. This is just the little bit of motivation I needed to move forward with our acc devices.We are in the earlier stages of communication using pro loquo 2 go on ipads. Right now we are setting up situation that require adding a feature to the request, such as “I want red lego please” while building. I insist the use of manner, once they have correctly identified what they want a few times as well.

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  3. We use words for life by PRC! I love it! We are working on functional request right now and answering yes and no questions!

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  4. I teach Life Skills in a K-2 building and I have all of the kiddos in the building with AAC devices (5 right now, half of my class). I ABSOLUTELY love finding new ways to maximize their use – Some of my kids have just gotten their devices, so there is a lot of teaching involved at a very basic level. At this level, they are just learning to mand for preferred items/activities. My other students are more “fluent” with their use and use them as their primary form of communication. Right now, I have 1 Vantage Lite, 2 iPads w/TouchChat and 2 with NovaChats. The NovaChats are similar to iPads with TouchChat, so they are hard to figure out!

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  5. We do! Nova Chat and Touch Chat are my best friends in our classroom. They are very easy to customize for individual needs and I am able to create pages that we use with our UNIQUE curriculum. I have 6 special needs students that use these apps everyday. I love that they can use them in various environments as well. Utilizing their devices with these apps has minimized aggressive behaviors, lessened frustration, promoted independence, and gave them so many opportunities to engage in conversations. We love our AAC’s! My favorite activity is when they use their devices to read your adapted books and their favorite activity is when we practice identifying months of the year. I put on different hats that correlates with a holiday and they have to identify the month that the holiday is in. They think it’s hilarious when I put on a Leprechaun hat or bunny ears.

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  6. I currently teach Life Skills/CLM for K-2 (CLM is the Competent Learner Model). I have 10 students, and 5 of them have AAC devices (1 Vantage Lite, 2 iPads w/TouchChat and 2 NovaChats). Since only 2 of my kiddos have had their devices for over 3 years, and 3 have had them for only 1-8 months, I absolutely LOVE finding new ways to maximize and encourage their use. I run an AAC/Language group 3x per week and right now in addition to my regular pull-out time, and right now we are just focusing on manding with the devices. We obviously work on basic vocal too, so I love your idea – especially for my 2 who are very comfortable with their devices. Thanks for sharing! (Oh, and the NovaChats are very similar to iPads w/TouchChat- not hard to figure out at all!)

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  7. Nova Chat! 🙂

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  8. Great input!

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  9. Lots to keep track of!

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  10. That is so fun!!

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  11. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. We use ProLoQuo and I have an Yes/No app. Love the Yes/No app. We can ask questions that pertain to his daily activities.

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  13. LOVE the yes/no app!

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  14. Hi! I’m curious how you carry over this categorizing activity to an AAC device? Do you use the actual device to ‘drill’ categories? Thanks!

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  15. Yep – pretty much! We want to give extensive practice on navigating the device.

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