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