Tag Archive: choice making

Using Visual Supports to Bring Music Alive with Marlene Sotelo

April 19, 2013 by - 1 Comment

Using Visuals to Bring Music Alive

When I first met our guest blogger almost 20 years ago, she was using more visual supports in her music therapy sessions with kids who had ASD than most SLPs were using in their language therapy.  Marlene Sotelo has worn many hats in her professional life, but her passion for helping people with ASD communicate more effectively seems to have permeated all of them. In this post, she discusses some of the ways she uses visual supports to help make music therapy effective. Music is a powerful force that transcends time, cultures, and languages. It can transport you to the past, and bring you hope and excitement for the future. In addition, music can be an effective tool in teaching children with varying abilities. The predictability, rhythmic patterns, and repetitive nature of the structure music lends itself to the development of language, cognitive skills, and motor skills, especially for individuals... [Read More...]

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There’s lots of Apps for That!

January 22, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Requesting & Choice Making: There's Lot's of Apps for That

As the saying goes, there is an app for ‘that’.  There are now a lot of apps, and a lot of apps for choice making and requesting.  Here are a few just a few of the many, many options: Preference Assessment App Preference & Reinforcer Assessment- Autism & Special Education Requesting & Choice Making Choice Board Creator My Choice Board Look 2 Learn  AAC Apps (fully customizable and can easily make folders of choice boards, but also do a lot more) Go Talk Now Free & Go Talk Now   PictureCanTalk So Much 2  Say- Picture Communication *All of the AAC apps can inherently be used for requesting and choice making. Check out  Jane Farrall’s AAC Apps  for a comprehensive list and our post listing 119 free and light versions of AAC apps and for more options check out the AAC Appy Store. Apps for Creating No Tech Communication and Choice Boards Custom Boards Picture Card... [Read More...]

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Communication Connections

January 19, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Communication Connections via Requesting and Choice Making

The January Strategy of the Month has focused on requesting and choice making. These are really fun goals to implement. They fall under the  communication function that helps us meet our own needs (Behavioral Regulation).  When we get what we want, there is  a sense of control over the environment & we increase symbolic communication/language, and self-sufficiency.  It’s all good. The assumption for all requests and choices is that the learner ‘likes’ what they have asked for.  This is what makes the process so much fun, we get to do activities and have interactions that are positive and motivating. If only it was that easy… Sometimes it is not… But do not worry…there are plenty of solutions for common (and not so common) problems when teaching requesting and choice making.  As always,  set the stage for a positive TEACHING paradigm and then move to problem solving if necessary (and when it is... [Read More...]

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10 Premises for Teaching Requests to Beginning Communicators

January 9, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

10 Premises for Teaching Requests to Beginning Communicators

Requesting is a communication skill that is often a fun goal to target because the end result should be ‘giving’ the learner what they want.  Here are some underlying premises when teaching requests: The learner LOVES or places IMPORTANCE on what they are requesting The facilitator may need to LOOK for & ACCEPT what the learner prefers MOTIVATION and INTEREST can be TAUGHT with frequent and varied practice in predictable routines Communication temptations give requesting more CLARITY for the learner Learners can request WITHOUT  being asked a question (in fact, it helps with spontaneity) Requests can be facilitated through CHOICE MAKING Requests and choices GO WAY BEYOND  food & objects The facilitator can MODEL requesting and choice making and then give the learner a turn There can be monthly, daily, hourly,  minute, or even second CHANGES in preferences, motivations, and interests Frequent OPPORTUNITIES for requests and choices are the key... [Read More...]

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A PrAACtical Look at Getting Started with AAC Symbols

October 7, 2012 by - 2 Comments

A PrAACtical Look at Getting Started with AAC Symbols

For this week’s video, we head back to the Aaron W. Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for a wonderful video about getting started with AAC symbols. We know you will enjoy this overview of some of the most popular AAC symbols and the lovely examples they share. –

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