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This week's #TotalTalkTuesdayTip is from Pati King-DeBaun.
Pati has written several books and software programs, including the Storytime Series, Emergent Literacy Success, Progressing Monitoring Assessment, Tango to Literacy, and Tango Assessment. She has developed Apps including the Adapted Play Book Series, MyOwnBooks2go and AAC2go Apps. Pati also owns Creative Communicating, which produces materials and provides consultation services.
MAKING FRIENDS IS ABOUT MORE THAN MAKING SENTENCES.
Working with so many early communicators, I’ve seen that we often focus on the work of language instead of the wonder of it. With all the focus we put on language, we sometimes forget about the importance of conversation skills. And yet they are also so important when we look at the entire picture of successful communication.
When you work with children, especially those who are non-verbal and learning literacy, there is going to be some frustration - that's to be expected. Just be sure to balance it with fun, desirable activities!
Create some easy phrases with real personality options. Let the child show who they are through their communication. Sassy, demanding, humorous, naughty, etc. all are a part of who an individual is. And make sure there is easy access to those phrases all of the time.
Just as you would model sentence building, you can also model phrases at appropriate times. Remember to provide communication opportunities that are real and motivating by listening to what their peers are saying in order to help others fit into their peer group. These interactions need to be fast and easy.
Life with disabilities is, of course, a challenge. But when we do our jobs with joy, positive energy, and thoughtful preparation, we can lower the bar - and raise the roof!
TOTAL TALK SUPPORTS NOT ONLY THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREAT LANGUAGE, BUT ALSO OF GREAT ENERGY AND GREAT RELATIONSHIPS!
We’ve created a communication system that marries strong generative language building with innovative social tools, like jokes, stories, and “my stuff” folders. And we’ve created a remarkable interface that makes it so easy to learn and access that important communication.
Total Talk features a super intuitive editing interface that makes it fast and easy to customize language or create exercises for an individual.
Total Talk also features PCS Persona symbols, which offer the ultimate advantage in social capital. These symbols take into account the need to combine strong communication of a word’s meaning as well as a strong positive impact in how someone is perceived by a communication partner.
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