PrAACtical Thinking 5 Fun AAC Things To Do To Get Ready For Halloween

Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Robin Parker

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5+ Fun AAC Things To Do To Get Ready For Halloween

We love to start planning for holidays early. It helps facilitate conversation before, during, & after exciting activities and events. When we begin using core and fringe vocabulary early, frequently, and authentically the learner has the most opportunity for success.

  1. Use Schedules: Use a monthly calendar to have a Halloween countdown, Use mini-schedules to make food recipes, spooky science concoctions, or even to plan the trick or treating routes.
  2. Use a small talk app like Fat Cat Spooky Chat to prAACtice what you will SAY (October core words) on Halloween.
  3. Use a social narrative to prepare everyone for what to expect on and around Halloween. More Halloween social narratives can be found at Autism Community, One Place for Special Needs, Katherine Sanger You Tube, & Kentucky Autism Training Center
  4. Prepare a choice board of Halloween costume options and let the learner decide on the costume.
  5. PrAACtice a script to be the ‘trick or treater’ (Check out Trick or Treat Using AAC by Deanne Shoyer @ Small but Kinda Mighty) or to be the ‘candy hander outer’.

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Robin Parker

Robin Parker Robin Parker is a professor of speech language pathology who has loved supporting the communication and language of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders for more than 20 years. One of her professional passions is spreading the word about PrAACtical AAC. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Helen Keller

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