I’m Not A Model, But I Model Language: Creating Communication Opportunities for AAC Users at HomeClinical Expertise
by Joanna Yeakel, M.S.CCC-SLP | May 9, 2020
Our home lives may be much busier these days, but two things need to remain consistent for successful AAC use.
- Your child needs easy access to their AAC system(s).
- They need to see family members using their AAC systems at home, also known as “modeling.”
Model language by saying the word while you point to the word on a communication board, exchanging a picture/symbol, or selecting the icon on the child’s device.
- Make a simple recipe together! This creates opportunities to model core verbs (“make, put, more, get, eat, drink”)
- Gather various sensory items and model words to comment or give an opinion (“I like / not like”)
- Read a book- model question words before you turn the page (“where? who? what next?”)
- Make a simple puppet and model using core words to direct the puppet’s action (“stop, go, give”) or talk about the puppet’s feelings
- Play a game with siblings to model pronouns with turn-taking (“my, your, me, you”)
- Play hide-and-seek or I Spy and model word “see”
If your child does not currently have a functional communication system, all you need is an order for a speech/language evaluation. Brooks Rehabilitation has speech-language pathologists that specialize in AAC. For more information, please contact (904) 345-7277.