This is a low-tech AAC starter kit for students who are non-verbal or have limited verbal expressive language. Students with communication needs benefit from visual supports to when functionally communicating. My AAC starter kit for Special Education & students with Autism is perfect for students needing to improve their ability to greet, request items, make comments, initiating questions and more! I used these tools with my moderate-severe students on the autism spectrum, but can be used with any student who is non-verbal. I worked with k/1st grade and 2nd-3rd. This helped my students who did use words to begin to create more novel utterances with LESS prompts and expanding their communication functions (greetings, protesting, commenting, showing affections, requesting more, giving opinions, etc).
AAC Starter Pack #1 includes:
Pages 6-9: Icons for visual necklace and/or to make a poster to have as communication board during whole group instruction.
Pages 10-14: Working for charts to help with keeping students motivated to participate in an activity. They earn a token for good behavior, doing an un-preferred task, etc. and then earn a reward. There is a 5 token and a 10 token chart.
Pages: 15-17: Feelings visual chart to help students express themselves when they are feeling overwhelmed and/or for non-verbal students.
Pages 18-31: Visual schedule templates and icons to make for both school and home.
Pages 32-36: Low tech communication system to use with students who are non-verbal or have limited expressive language communication. Print on cardstock and laminate for durability. Page 32 is your base and the other templates are to be assembled on the blank part of page 32. Punch holes at the top and connect with binder rings. Page 36 is to be added to the back and contains common commands used in the classroom (I used with a girl who was deaf and on the spectrum, so she needed commands visually communicated).
Pages 37-40: Whole body listening visuals for students to help them with using whole body listening during classroom instruction. Page 37 are large bookmarks to visually remind students. Pages 38-39 should be printed on cardstock and laminated for durability. Adhere velcro to page 39 (blank sheet). Cut out the icons on page 38 and adhere to page 39 with velcro. Pull off the body part that is not exhibiting whole body listening.
Page 40: Visual whole body listening reminder cards for a student’s desk. Teacher/therapist point to the body part that is not using whole body listening.
AAC Starter Pack #2 includes:
Page 2: Print on cardstock, laminate and use as visuals for any student that is non-verbal and/or needs alternative aids for communication.
Page 3: Use with the file folder CORE board with fringe.
Page 4: Use with the file folder CORE board with fringe. This board has less icons for students that cannot handle too many words. Add more words as they develop.
Page 5: Use this CORE board independently or with the file folder fringe words. It has 35 words and is for a student that is ready to handle more vocabulary words, but continues to need static boards.
Page 6: Directions for how to assemble CORE boards and fringe vocabulary words
Page 7: Visuals of some of the activities
Page 8-16: Fringe vocabulary for popular toy items
Page 17-20: Fringe vocabulary for snack and craft activities
page 21-22: Visuals for how to make pumpkin scented play dough for stove and microwave version
Page 23-24: Visuals for how to make mini pizzas in either a toaster oven or a larger oven
Page 25-32: Greetings social story interactive book (black and white version)
Page 33-40: Greetings social story interactive book (color)
Page 41-46: Greetings social store interactive book for at home with family (color)
Page 47-48: Greetings communication board (use with real life photos of familiar people)
Page 49-57: Templates for making a communication board for class and home
***This pack has editable blank slides that you can customize with icons/photos/pictures that you need specifically for your students!***
***DOWNLOAD THE PREVIEW TO GET TWO OF THE CORE BOARD TEMPLATES FOR FREE***
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have an questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head over to my blog to see more pics and a video of what is included in my AAC Starter Kit
. You can also download my two AAC CORE BOARDS on my blog!
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