Please work through the topics below in the order they are provided, unless you feel confident that you know the subject.
Select individual arrows beside the topic heading or 'Open all'. This action will show one long page of content. The arrows and titles work like a toggle to open and close sections. When you have finished a topic you may find it easier if you close that section before you move onto the next one.
Let's see how these two symbols can be used and bear in mind they may be part of a larger chart where other symbols have been hidden. This is called 'masking' and can be useful to prevent confusion but also allow quick access to more words such
as those found in the top most often used words for AAC in any language. The top 100 most frequently words in English have very
Child reacts positively, points, touches board or toy etc.
Copy child's reaction and provide positive feedback
Recast - repeat any error in a corrected and positive wat
Say the word again 'more' and point to the chart and praise.
Activity - Create a simple board
Try out a free online chart creator Boardbuilder to develop your own simple chart for any activity with a wide choice of symbols rather than images. The chart can be printed out or downloaded as an open board format (obf) file to work on Cboard or Coughdropcommunication apps. Possible labels, based on core words in English can be used when searching for symbols. These are seen in the table below and you can colour code by the parts of speech. The blanks represent places where other symbols can be added as more vocabulary is learnt - remember 'masking'.
Natural Consequences – linked outcome as a result of choosing a symbol – apple – they see/eat the apple
In the example below you can see we have kept the original positions of the early choice of words and simply added more with some categories for charts that will be on the layers below the home board in a communication book or on a tablet.
You have met Fiona, now meet Yola, Milo, Petra and Frederick who are our other Case Studies - Each one comes with a Strategic, Linguistic, Operational and Social Goal
that guide you to the next stages of vocabulary building. To learn more about these goals download Pathways for Core First from
Tobii Dynavox. We will be looking at the background research behind these goals later in the course. Use your reflective journal to jot down notes about the goals and whether you feel they will be useful in the future.