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Make and Take: Communication Boards UM-NSU-CARD. Dr. Robin Parker December 1, 2006. Focus. Terminology Basic Decision Making Issues Purposes of Communication Systems Selecting and Organizing Vocabulary Promoting Use of the Communication System Resources. Terminology.

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make and take communication boards um nsu card

Make and Take:Communication BoardsUM-NSU-CARD

Dr. Robin Parker

December 1, 2006

  • Terminology
  • Basic Decision Making Issues
  • Purposes of Communication Systems
  • Selecting and Organizing Vocabulary
  • Promoting Use of the Communication System
  • Resources
  • AAC-Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • PCS-Picture Communication Symbols (different from PECS-Picture Exchange Communication System)
  • VOCA-Voice Output Communication Aide
  • Symbol Set-type of symbols to use for communication system
decision making
Decision Making
  • Decide symbol set
    • Picture Symbols
      • Type-Mayer Johnson-PCS, real photos, dynasyms
    • Words
    • Both
decision making continued
Decision Making Continued…
  • Identify the purpose for the display
    • General expressive communication and language
      • Sharing thoughts, making requests, getting help, telling about past or future events, asking questions, social communication, answering questions
    • To actively participate in classroom activities or group routine
      • Reciting the Pledge, Calling attendance, Giving the daily news, giving an oral book report, doing show and tell etc.
    • For receptive language and organization
      • To follow instructions, to be more independent, to understand sequence of events etc.
    • For organization and navigation within the communication aide or device
      • A main page that allows exploration in an organized fashion to other ‘pages’
decision making continued6
Decision Making Continued…
  • How will the child use the communication system?
    • To create new sentences by combining words /pictures/or letters
    • To communicate an entire thought
      • Look in my backpack, That’s not what I meant
    • Communicate a predictable sequence
      • Words to a song, lines from a book
for general expressive communication for this make and take
For General Expressive Communication: For this Make and Take
  • Consider Activity Based Pages
  • Keep Commonly used vocabulary on the same place on each page (more, thank you, finished)
  • Organize vocabulary to teach sentence building
    • Left to right
    • Think sentence subject-object-action (Johnny more, Give juice, See plane, need marker, we go park)
    • Add in other word classes such as descriptors, conjunctions, prepositions, questions words, and social conventions as appropriate
other considerations
Other considerations
  • May sentence build for strong communication functions
  • May use one symbol to convey message in absent or limited communication function
  • Consider that requests may be very strong while comments may be more limited
consider color coding
Consider Color-Coding
  • More than looking good
  • Have a purpose
    • To distinguish between word classes
    • To have new communication functions stand out
  • Be as consistent as possible with color coding between displays
some examples
Some Examples

Images courtesy of:


Courtesy of:

Kim Berwa, 2003




organization for group displays
Organization for Group Displays
  • Make display easy to use
  • There is often time pressure
promoting use of aac strategies
Promoting Use of AAC Strategies
  • Use Aided Language Stimulation Techniques
  • Limit questions
  • Increase Pause Time
  • Use Communication Temptations and Sabotage Strategies
  • Provide Non-Verbal Cueing
  • Provide Appropriate Verbal Feedback
  • Expect To Provide A Lot of Practice
  • Think of AAC Strategies as Prolonged Visual Representation of Language
  • Use your team to work together to make this work for the child
  • Have Fun!!
getting started
Getting Started..
  • Do not worry about perfection
  • Think about what you want the child to say/communicate
  • Use the communication display to talk about the activity or event before, during, and after .
  • Let’s Start Creating…
websites just a few
Websites…Just a few….
  • Do2Learn
  • Mayer-Johnson
  • Mayer-Johnson
  • New 2 You
  • Social Stories
  • Use Visual Strategies
  • Speaking of Speech