February 3, 2015
For the LOVE of CORE Day 3: Model Model Model
February 3, 2014
Yesterday I saw this powerful graphic from one my favorite AAC blogs and facebook pages: Kreed’s World (If you have never ‘met’ this brilliant mom and son duo via social media, you should go and bookmark their blog and like their facebook page right now!). This meme is magic.
I could not have said it better! So often while interacting with an AAC user the communication partners may be afraid to even touch or get to know the AAC user’s device. Go ahead and get familiar. Learn the vocabulary. Learn where the buttons, symbols and words are. Make them activate. Make them sound. Make them build phrases. Use the device in a medium of exchange with the AAC user. Take turns talking and building sentences. Model language for those who are still learning and growing in their building of communication skills. Kreed’s mom has some great AAC tips on her blog. She also said these words of wisdom on facebook about language modeling:
AAC Language modeling by the communication partner can also be known as Aided Language Input, Aided Language Stimulation or Partner Augmented Input. There are many resources about modeling core language and developing the use of more core language in AAC users that I will share with you in upcoming posts during this month of “For the LOVE of CORE.” Here also is a short video on Aided Language from One Kids Place in Canada
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11.