In this category you will find all things AAC and communication. Communication is so important. Everyone has the right to communicate what they want, when they want, and to whoever they want wherever they are. But it's not always easy. Learning to communicate takes a long time. We are all in it for the long haul. The students won't learn it overnight and that can be a real challenge. Many will feel frustrated with the lack of speedy progress. It will be many months before many students can even begin to tolerate the system let alone communicate independently. We cannot give up. Lots of modelling, repetition of key aspects of lessons and planning within all teaching, community and home settings will be required. We must teach AAC all day in multiple contexts. That means learning a range of systems to meet individual needs of our learners. We can't do it alone. It takes a team. Coaching will be required for teachers, support staff and all therapists within the team. Much of this will come from speech pathologists if you have one readily available. Many teachers do not. So we need all the support we can get via the internet and more experienced colleagues. Lots of ideas to attract attention and engage in activities will be required. We need fun and adapted books, songs and toys to achieve this along with the arts within group settings. Preference assessments will be required to identify high level motivators to gain attention from individual learners. Articles in this category will support you with information, tips and products. Some FREEBIE products are for subscribers only but some are for all. I'm so glad you are here and joining me in my passion for teaching communication. Aroha, Ann

  • Communication

    Core Communication Word ‘like’

    Teaching the core communication word ‘like’ is often undertaken very early in the communication journey. Why teach ‘like’? Because it is one of the most useful words to teach. It is used in multiple contexts, all day everyday. So lots of opportunities to teach. Read on for some tips and a freebie to support you. Ideas to teach – core…

  • Teaching Core Words a weekly plan

    Teaching Core Words

    When teaching core words it helps to have a plan. That way we can make the most of incidental and structured teaching and learning. When selecting the core words to teach I consider two options. Option One – DLM first 40 The first option is to go straight to the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) first 40 and select directly from…

  • Core Communication Board

    Core Communication

    I use a core communication board in my classroom all day every day. Why? Because, everyone has a right to communicate and everyone has something to say. This includes our students who are non-verbal. Therefore, the way I support students who are non-verbal or have difficulty drawing on oral language when needed, is by teaching these highly versatile words using…