Go Ape! 10 Commenting Communication Temptations
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It doesn’t matter your personality, but for students who do not naturally comment, you need to go ape! And then still, you need to teach with wait & signal cues, visual supports, aided language input, modeling, expansions, and positive feedback. We will never forget a semester with Mikey and our hair clips of butterflies, whales, dinosaurs, and even a spider. These hair clips allowed for the item to hang in our face…… until Mikey commented and we could ‘go ape’ with surprise.
A great strategy to use with commenting communication temptations is Wait & Signal. Wait and Signal involves setting up the temptation and then pausing with raised eyebrows like you expect the learner to take a ‘turn/a conversational turn’. As always, make sure the learner has access to the appropriate communication device or communication boards.
10 additional commenting communication temptations and opportunities:
- Move a huge stuffed animal to the middle of a room
- Wear a big big hat– Think Dr. Seuss or Goofy
- Put on a clown nose
- Read really cool Pop Up books
- Have a super big interesting (to the child) statue on a table that you sit at or pass by
- Hang a new enticing picture upside down
- Come in on stilts or skates or clown shoes
- Move an important piece of furniture
- Put on those big glasses with the mustache attached (works especially well if you traditionally wear regular glasses)
- Wear an ape suit
Please tell us what you have used for commenting communication temptations. We will compile a list and repost. The more ideas the better…..
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This post was written by Robin Parker