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It is great to see that more community places are coming on board with AAC and accessible communication. Maybe you’ve seen some of those cool communication boards in your local playground like the one below. Image of playground board with Board Maker symbols and language about outside play. Recently we were involved in creating this … Continue reading Don’t forget to play! Inclusive Playgrounds for AAC
So that everyone can participate, we’ve made an aided language display to go with our now most frequent daily activity. There are already lots of visual supports available for the sequence of hand washing, and we've been using the WHO How_To_HandWash_Poster but many people are adapting this. It's impossible to list all of the options … Continue reading Washing hands – our new favourite pastime!
“Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark” Rachel Ehmke, Child Mind Institute With the outbreak and ongoing uncertainty of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, we feel it is important to provide resources and ideas to ensure those who have communication challenges also get the information they need. Please download our aided language display (available at the … Continue reading Talking to kids about Coronavirus
Last year (or was it the year before), I posted some ‘conversation placemats’ to encourage conversations about starting back at school. It’s been on my mind again lately as my daughter shows signs of excitement, nervousness, and trepidation about her return to school. Strong feelings can be related to not knowing (or in some cases … Continue reading Back to school – talking makes transitions easier.
(This post is specifically about PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) Communication Books (i.e. the non-electronic paper books) developed by Gayle Porter. Although other systems are also great, the list function in PODD books has been on my mind lately so I thought I’d write about it). Lists are one of my favourite parts of the … Continue reading Using LISTS in PODD Communication Books
This post is an important read for all of those who follow my blog. It sets the context for all other posts. One of the reasons that it’s taken me a while to feel comfortable writing blogs about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is that there are always many caveats when you make a statement … Continue reading The background story … Read this first
Recently, I’ve read and listened to alot about people’s views on inclusive education for children with disabilities. I am an advocate of mainstream schooling options for children with disabilities and see in our future a world where schools welcome (not just accept) children of all types, with programs that support all learning needs across all … Continue reading Don’t just accept it – Promote it
Recently I attended a planning meeting for a client's transition into a mainstream Reception class (the South Australian equivalent to Kindergarten). We talked alot about how to best prepare him for school and all of the things we needed to put in place AT school, but when I thought back about my daughter's first year … Continue reading Back to school – but are you ready to talk about it?
Even though he can’t say all of the words, Ollie can still swear to de-stress by using his Sequencing App We all know how good it feels to just let off steam sometimes when things don’t go the way we plan, or the stress of life builds up. It’s just the same for Oliver, a … Continue reading Ollie swears by his venting sequence.