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Description: Similar to the classic “I Spy” game, the “I See” boards help young children talk about their environments with the help of visual prompts. Print and laminate the 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 (I See Board Original), at the grocery store (I See At the Store), or in the classroom (I See In the Classroom and I See a Friend).
This board (I See a Friend) includes pictures of clothing, girl or boy, hair, straight or curly, eyes, and skin, with a variety of colors to describe hair, eye, and skin colors. Don't let the pictures limit your use of the board, though. For example, when talking about "hair", talk about other descriptors like length (short, long) and hair styles (ponytail, buzz cut). This board is ideal to help non-social children start noticing and talking about the people around them.
Targeted Group: The boards are appropriate for typically-developing toddlers and late talkers who are beginning to say the words on the boards (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 boards in therapy to help the child to become familiar with the items, words, and concepts. These are also useful for special education classrooms and preschool classrooms.
Use: First, teach the child to “read” the pictures on the board. Prompt the child to search for items on the board, such as, “Do you see a friend who is a boy? Look, here is a picture of a boy!” Encourage the child to create a full sentence, such as, “I see boy.” 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, at the store, or in the classroom, 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.
Created by Kate Shepard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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