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5+ Things to Do to Help AAC Learners Communicate About Illness or Injury

October 17, 2014 by - 2 Comments

5 Things to Do to Help AAC Learners Communicate About Illness or Injury

“I don’t want to go now. I’m tired.” “Can you be quiet? I don’t feel well.” “My ear is throbbing.” “I have a such a headache.” “Don’t take me in the car. My stomach’s upset.” Imagine not being able to manage these symptoms or even say these things to get someone to help you. Good SLPs get input from families during the goal-setting process. Often, families indicate that they want their son/daughter to be able to let them know when they are sick or in pain. This makes sense, of course, but it isn’t an easy skill set to build. Here are some things that have worked for us. Make sure the right vocabulary is there: Body parts, feelings, words related to injury or illness, modifiers to tell how much, locatives to tell where. How can we expect AAC learners to communicate when they are unwell if we don’t provide... [Read More...]

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Apps to Learn & Practice Talking About Pain, Illness, & Injury

September 15, 2012 by - 3 Comments

Apps to Learn How to Talk About Pain, Illness, & Injury

We were looking over the great hospital resources from Patient Provider Communication Forum, Central Coast Children’s Foundation, Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley, and Widgit Software that Carole wrote about and realized that not everyone automatically knows how to talk about pain, illness and injury. We often need to teach the expression of these concepts. We use various types of modeling and create Boxes or Drawers that have items (i.e., bandaids, antiseptic, washcloth, ice buddy, etc) to ‘help with Cuts/Scrapes’ (or any other illness).   We have had some fun and lots of practice using these apps to also help the learning process. 5 Apps To Learn and Practice Talking About Pain, Illness, & Injury Don’t forget to model, play, and use the apps often in the teaching process so when they are really needed you will see spontaneous communication and language. Toca Doctor– learning about injury and sickness through fun noncompetitive challenges that involve ‘healing’ the damaged part.... [Read More...]

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