In most situations, communication teaching must be steeped in a meaningful context. SLPs build their plans for teaching new concepts or communicative intents around things that are relevant and important to the AAC learner. How do you teach ‘more’ without something the learner wants more of? How do you teach ‘fast’ without making something zip around? It just wouldn’t work. We get the role of context and have written many posts emphasizing the central part it must play in AAC intervention. Is there are prAACtical place for therapy activities that are NOT embedded in a rich semantic context? We think so. First, a word about what we mean when we talk about therapy activities that are decontextualized. We’re talking about activities in which there is not necessarily a connection between the semantics and the outcome for the AAC learner. (For example, saying a sentence with ‘more’ in it, does NOT... [Read More...]
Filed under: Strategy of the Month
Tagged With: All Turn It, context, fluency, Opportunities, Picture WordPower, practice, Speech Room News, Toca Boca
Toca Kitchen Monsters – FREE, A GIFT FROM TOCA BOCA Wow, another amazing & educational app from Toca Boca. Learn to cook and feed the Toca Kitchen Monsters. This app is really fun to play and it’s free (not even any in-app purchase opportunities). The educational part of this app can be focused on cooking and eating language concepts, sequencing of language, and real-life skills (choosing food, cooking, and feeding or eating someone). Although the scope and sequence of this app is ‘real’, there is a main fantasy or pretend play aspect (other than the cooking and eating) – you are feeding funny looking monsters. This is great because all pretending is symbolic and so is language! So get your Toca Kitchen Monsters now! Look out for an updated post tomorrow about how we have HijAACked this app.
Filed under: PrAACtical Thinking
Tagged With: ALert, Apps, communication, Kitchen Monsters, Toca Boca