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AAC. It's the only means some of our students have for directing others to interact with them or perform an action for them.. 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 tell them things they would like for them to do.
The materials in this book provide repetitive interactive practice directing others to perform actions. There is one book included. 17 scenarios for a child to direct actions 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 direct with enough frequency they may successfully direct independently. This book provides practice using AAC methods for a child to learn how to direct. Repeated opportunities are provided for the individual to learn and practice directing using a variety of actions.
The book is designed for an adult to read the scenario, model a directive 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 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 respond. After the student produces the response, give them the coordinating item image so they may place it on the page.