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I Can Model Making Snow

Posted on 2017-03-08 09:27:22 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Try a tip from Saltillo consultant Amanda Hettenhausen: 

Since it hasn't snowed much, or at all, this winter, why not make snow with your kiddos? It is fun (albeit a little messy) and provides opportunity to model and practice lots of great words. Since it is a little messy, this might be a good time to model, more than to expect the child to use the device, or break out your low tech board (free ones available here).

There are several recipes available to make snow, but basically it involves 2 inexpensive items such as conditioner and baking soda. Here are a few recipes you could follow. 

Below is an example of what you might say and model during the snow making process. These picture pathways are for WordPower 60 Basic, so you may have to adjust based on the vocabulary you are using. The words I selected were based on the core word list for March. With this one activity we get to practice with 6 of the words "good, it, make, now, read, thing."  You can also find the modeling document here.

Note that when modeling it is not necessary to touch EVERY word on the device. As you say things, touch the 1-3 keywords per sentence. This will help the interaction move along, keep you feeling confident, and the child engaged.

Then you can brainstorm the words you could model once the snow is made and the play commences.

1) DESCRIBING WORDS: it is...cold, wet, white, neat, fun, good, bad
2) QUESTION WORDS: Where is? (if you hide things in it), What does it feel like?
3) ACTION WORDS: put, do, make, 
4) POSITION WORDS: on/off, in/out
5) COMMENTING WORDS: like it/don't like it (and all your describing words)

To learn more about using button capture to create support materials, sign up for the live webinar, Oh the Things You Can Do! A Chat Editor Make & Take Session on March 16 at 5:00 pm ET.

Teaching the Core Word: GOOD

Posted on 2017-03-06 08:27:20 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Happy Monday!  Looking for a word to teach? One of the words included in PrAACtical AAC Year of Core for March is GOOD.  The word good is used every day across many contexts.   Create opportunities for the communicator using AAC to use the word good.  Today is a good day to model the word good!


A Year of Core- March Core Words

Posted on 2017-03-01 13:32:48 by Admin under Resources & Tips

As we move into the month of March, MAKE sure to download your new set of core words from the "Year of Core". We have some GOOD ones on THERE! You can find the monthly resources here.


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)