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Dealing with Feelings: 5 Ways to Encourage Emotion-related Expression by AAC Learners

February 22, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Dealing with Feelings: 5 Ways to Encourage Emotion-related Expression by AAC Learners

Words for emotions and feelings are pretty common in AAC devices and non-electronic communication aids, like PODD books and eye gaze boards. It’s wonderful when our clients can tell us they are sad or angry with words rather than using challenging behaviors or suffering in silence. What can we do to further their skills in this area? Here are some suggestions to get us thinking. Beyond the Basics: Consider going beyond the basic feeling words (i.e., happy, sad, mad, tired, scared) and including additional emotion words in the AAC system (e.g., frustrated, embarrassed, disappointed, lonely, worried). Don’t assume that this is inappropriate just because an individual has lower language levels or cognitive delays. To learn language, we have to have access to it. Model, model, model: Use these emotion words throughout the day to express your own feelings, and narrate your observations of how others are feeling (e.g., “Joey’s crying... [Read More...]

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Videos of the Week: More on Dealing with Feelings

November 23, 2014 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: More on Dealing with Feelings

We’re always happy to find resources that can help our prAACtical learners deal with complex emotions. In this post, we return to the work of Joel Shaul, author of the Autism Teaching Strategies site. We saw the first 4 videos in this post. Video 5: Anxiety – Predicting Without Proof Video 6: When Your Mind Gets Stuck on Sad Video 7: When Your Mind Blames Too Much Video 8: Rigid Thinking

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