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Description: Similar to the classic “I Spy” game, the “I See” board helps young children talk about their environment with the help of visual prompts. This "I See" board is the first in a series of boards. This board is intended for use in the car when the parent and child must communicate through spoken language alone. Print and laminate this board, then teach the child to “read” the pictures. Once mastered, the child will be able to create a full sentence about what he or she sees through the car window. Includes 8 common objects/vehicles (balloon, helicopter, airplane, dog, semi truck, fire truck, police car, school bus), 8 colors, and 4 numbers.
Inspiration: A mother once asked me how to help her late-talking son to communicate with her in the car, because she couldn’t see where he was pointing when he saw an interesting object or vehicle through the window. This board solved the problem by giving him a picture prompt, along with colors and number choices. For example, he was able to use the board to tell his mother, “I see… bus!” and she responded with simple questions, such as, “What color is the bus?” The board solved the communication problem by providing visual prompts, fostering independence in the child’s acquisition of expressive language.
Targeted Group: The board is appropriate for typically-developing toddlers and late talkers who are able to say the words on the board (e.g., “car”, “truck”) and who are beginning to use colors and numbers. Children with autism or other developmental delays or disabilities will benefit from the simplicity of the pictures and choices. Speech therapists may use the board in therapy to help the child to become familiar with the items, words, and concepts.
Use: Teach the child to “read” the pictures before use in the car. Prompt the child to search for items on the board, such as, “Do you see the school bus? Where is your school bus?” Encourage the child to create a full sentence, such as, “I see school bus.” Ask the child about colors and numbers, and model for the child how to point to the items on the board and say the words. Practice in the car and ask questions to encourage the child to search for answers on the board.
*** For extra support, print and laminate two copies of the board. Cut out the individual symbols from one board. Place Velcro onto the symbols of the other board and onto the back of the cut out symbols. Now the child can remove the symbols to communicate by pulling off and showing the appropriate symbol to the adult.
Directions: You will need a color printer with ink, copy paper or cardstock (more sturdy), and a laminator.
• Print the board in color.
• Laminate the board.
Check out the other I See Boards available in my store, including "I See At the Store" and "I See In the Classroom". If you would like a different “I See…” board created, please contact me. This item is versatile and can be customized for individual needs!
Created by Kate Shepard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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