What do you LIKE?

Posted on 2017-02-27 09:53:38 by Admin under Resources & Tips

We like to tell our friends what we like and don’t like.  We also want to know what our communicators that use AAC like. Try out this core word to find out what your communicator likes!  Here are a few ideas for using the word like over and over:

*Use “I like it, I don’t like it” boards to create a visual of things the communicator likes and doesn’t like.  Find the boards here.

*Create a power point story about things that the communicator likes and doesn’t like.  Cut out pictures from a magazine, draw pictures, family adventure pictures, pictures from the park, whatever might be motivating to talk about to teach the work LIKE.  Make a story out of the things you discover using the “I like it, I don’t like it” boards

*Google YouTube videos about teaching the word LIKE.  You will find some quick fun videos teaching the sight work LIKE!

*Read stories with the word like in them.  Focus on modeling (touching like on the device)

 


Nova Chat Important Piece in Post-Secondary Success for Illinois Teen

Posted on 2017-02-21 15:00:24 by Admin under News


Let's Teach Core

Posted on 2017-02-20 10:40:06 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Using Core Words? 

First, let’s start with “what are core words?”  Simply described, they are a small set of words that make up a majority of what we say every day across all settings.  This will be our target set of words for teaching and modeling.   Some examples of core words: I, he, she, it, like, do, don’t,  get, give, go, play, open, stop, turn, help, more, on, off, in, out, big, small, hot, cold, etc.

What are the other words that we use?  Fringe.  Fringe words are important too, but they are more specific to the situation, topic and individual. An example of fringe if we are talking about baseball would be: ball, bat, baseball, base.  Or if we are talking about camping: tent, campfire, sleeping bag.

Core words give us power in communication.  Adding core to fringe allows the communicator to say much more beyond labeling the item: e.g. - play ball, get on base, big tent, small campfire, get in/out of sleeping bag, I like it, I don’t like it, do more, etc.

Try a simple google search on core and fringe vocabulary.  You will find a great deal of information.  PrAACticalAAC.org offers a wealth of information-tips and resources from many experts in the field.  One of the supports found on PrAACticalAAC.org is A Year of Core (set 1 and set 2).  Resources to support WordPower and A Year of Core can be found on here (Symbol Stix or PCS). 

To add one more support piece, Amanda Hettenhausen, Saltillo Consultant for Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri offers a tip to teach a word from the monthly list.  Found in February’s words on PrAACticalAAC.org let’s teach AGAIN and DIFFERENT.  


Chat Software 2.6 has been released!

Posted on 2017-02-17 14:14:51 by Admin under News

The 2.6.0 Chat Software Update is now available here for your device and for Chat Editor.  Simply find your device and click on the appropriate language under Downloads next to your device.  

New Features:

  • Dynamic Word Prediction, Learning Dictionary
  • A new WordPower file has been added.
    • WordPower 25 Touch & Scan is a new vocabulary for the TouchChat App.  Designed to be accessible by direct selection as well as scanning for quick and easy language generation. It incorporates carrier phrases with core words that move seamlessly between the main page and related categories.  Individuals who need a sophisticated and efficient language system with a minimum number of cells per page will benefit from this robust vocabulary.
  • WordPower 24, WordPower 24 w/ phrases & WordPower 30 have been removed, but are still available to download here. Simply choose your device, scroll down to the vocabulary section, and select the vocabulary you wish to download.
  • WordPower files updated with voice command devices & other misc. items
  • Voice command device pages added to MultiChat15 vocabularies

Chat 2.6.0 Update addresses:

  • word prediction dictionary clean up
  • the "allow" screen for accepting a computer stays on the front in order to select it

You can also find a short video demonstrating the new features here.

To download the Chat 2.6.0 Software Update, go to Menu > Help > Check for Updates on your device to initiate an automatic update.  You can also go to Support & Training > Support Home > Scroll down to find your device and choose your language under Downloads to download the appropriate Chat Software Update to manually copy to your device.