AAC. It's the only means some of our students have for commenting about their world. In parent training sessions I always ask parents of AAC users the question, "What specific things do you need your child to be able to communicate to you?" Almost every parent includes a desire for their child to be able to comment about things in their environment.
The materials in this book provide repetitive interactive practice commenting on things and events in the environment. There is one book included, in both a large size version with picture symbols, and small size version with a separate sentence strip. 20 scenarios for a child to make a comment about the environment are included. The goal of these materials is to provide practice, so that when the individual is in that situation themselves, they have rehearsed how to comment with enough frequency they may successfully comment independently. This book provides practice using AAC methods for a child to learn how to make basic comments. Repeated opportunities are provided for the individual to learn and practice commenting using a variety of descriptors.
The book is designed for an adult to read the scenario, model a comment made by a character in the book, then have the AAC user answer the question, "What did he/she say?" To answer the question, the AAC user may use his/her own personal AAC device, picture symbol boards created and provided by professionals working toward AAC use for the student, or you may use the response sentence picture symbols included with the book. After making the statement, you will give the student an associated object image to place in the book.
If your student has an AAC book/board/device, have the device available for use while reading the book. If your student does not have a symbol set, they may use the included sentence strip symbols to state “That is….” with you providing the voice for their words.
Read a page, concluding with asking the question provided on each page.
The student should use his/her AAC system, or touch the images on the sentence strip, to state, “That is…?”. After the student produces the comment, give them the coordinating item image so they may place it on the page.