I have some AAC activities to share but first take a look at this video. Check out how Charlie uses his words. Pay close attention to who he speaks with (lots of people), what he talks about (everything), where he has his talker (in a variety of settings). Hence, all the words all the time.
And here are two excellent resources to give your modeling a boost. Take some pressure off of your AAC user and put it back on yourself. Putting pressure on your AAC user can lead to frustration that they’re not getting it quickly enough or don’t seem interested enough or use their words consistently. There’s heartache there. Taking responsibility for using this different language yourself is empowering. You’re teaching your AAC user, setting the example just by using his/her words. You don’t even have to sit and have a structured moment.
- Here’s Dana’s post: New Year’s AAC Modeling Resolution which has an excellent chart to keep you on track for your modeling. You can make notes of what works and what doesn’t. I’ve modified this, because I’m not a big data person, to simply putting a happy sticker on my home calendar when I feel like I’ve done a good enough job modeling. The most important part for me is checking in on the FB thread.That’s what works for me.
- I haven’t started the Learning to Speak AACtion Plan yet but I will. This is all about learning where words are on the talker. Since I learned that Aidan’s Speak for Yourself app has the ability to have a second user that doesn’t mess with his programming, I’m going to jump in on this challenge. Since the key to Aidan’s success is my success and the key to my success is my basic knowledge of his talker, I’m pretty motivated.
So, how are you doing in AAC World and how will you partake in these challenges?