A note from our SLP Mr. Brett!
An Email sent on 3/31/2020
Hi Life Skills families,
I hope you all are staying healthy and safe during the school closure! For speech activities to do at home right now, I would recommend reviewing the Core Vocabulary Word of the Week program we've been doing.
Attached to this email is the communication board that the Life Skills class has been using at school. Here is a website link that has a video that does a great job of showing how to model these words at home during playtime and daily routines: https://www.assistiveware.com/blog/language-opportunities-using-aac-home. Here's also a great video of a mom using a board to model language while playing with her child outside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VPQnJOI8ww&list=PLYFAOYUI4ZKbAnbp3pHiu_nJDzmk2q2ys
I think for these next couple of weeks, it would be good to focus on the words GO and MORE. I've attached handouts to this email that give ideas of ways to incorporate these words at home. For this time away from school, I would really focus on modeling these words (making sure you point to the words on the board when doing an activity and making sure that your child sees where you are pointing using the board attached to this email/their device).
I also want to share the following Zoom seminar being hosted by the Special Education Tech Center at Central Washington University. This looks like a fantastic opportunity to touch base with other parents and learn more about ways they are incorporating Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) use at home during the school closure:
SETC AT Chatter for Caregivers – Supporting AT/AAC needs during school closure - 04/03 1:30-2:30 on zoom:
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns! We can schedule a time to talk over phone whenever you'd like. I'll also be sending out more emails in the future with more AAC resources, so be on the lookout for that!
Brett McCardel, MS, CCC-SLP
Forest View Elementary