3 Ways to Suggest That AAC Learners Be More Specific in Their Messages
Do you work with AAC learners who seem perfectly content saying things that are vague or non-specific, despite their ability to communicate more precisely? It puts a burden on the partner to use context to figure out the meaning, and sometimes this is efficient and quite necessary. Other times, however, it makes sense to seize the opportunity to teach them about saying things that are clear enough to be understood without relying on context or the partner’s knowledge of the AAC user.
Like you, we sometimes work with people who are learning to be more specific in the things that they say. For those learners, we try to balance enthusiasm and interest in the message with cues that direct them to add more information. We’ve noticed that some AAC practitioners are reluctant to press the learner to communicate in more specific terms, and we certainly agree that there are times when the focus is more on the content than on skill-building. But when language growth is the priority, we’re likely to say something that helps the learners understand the need to be clearer.
Here are some responses that can help AAC learners understand that more details are needed.
- “I’m not sure what you mean.”
- “So, I know that ___. But I’m not sure about ___. What am I missing?”
- “Here’s what I know so far…. Can you help me figure out the rest of it?”
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This post was written by Carole Zangari