When working with adolescents, speech therapists need to start considering vocational communication needs. One such need is basic vocabulary around the work place.
This activity provides 6 different types of inventory list styles for a total of 48 different vocabulary words. Words are categorized by office vocabulary, kitchen vocabulary, and facility vocabulary, and are selected based on items that individuals with special needs may come into contact with in their workplace.
The six different inventory lists styles are:
*word and picture with Y/N availability
*word and picture with check off box
*word and picture with quantity box
*word only with Y/N availability
*word only with check off box
*word only with quantity box
Not only are the words functional, but the activity is functional. I have found in working with adolescents that if the activity is not meaningful, there is decreased motivation and therefore decreased success. Taking inventory works on receptive vocabulary, but the student's role is also changing depending on whether items are available and in what quantity. The student may have to answer yes or no when asked whether an item is available. There may be less quantity or an item may be out depending on when the activity is implemented. I have had much more success this with this type of activity in comparison to simply pointing to items when they are named.