It's the only means some of our students have for voicing their personal needs and concerns. 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 being able to say what hurts as one of their top five requests.
The materials in this book provide repetitive interactive practice with stating what body part hurts. The book includes 12 scenarios that might result in pain or discomfort impacting 12 body parts. The goal of these materials is to provide practice with stating what body part hurts, so that when the individual is in that situation themselves, they have rehearsed how to express it with enough frequency they may successfully express it independently.
The book is designed for an adult to read the scenario, model a statement made by a character in the book, such as, "Ouch! My head hurts!", 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 each page of the book. After making the statement, the student sticks a band-aid on the pictured body part.
As a fun activity we have also brought in real band-aids which the students have loved sticking on themselves on the designated body part, but they loved sticking them on us even more!
The materials include two versions of the book; one includes a picture symbol (sentence strip) for those that do not have a symbol set; the other contains no symbols, for those that already have a familiar symbol set. In addition, we created versions of the book specifically for use with boys or specifically for use with girls.