This resource is part of a series of vest displays many designed to complement existing digital Animated Step-by-Steps®. This resource uses Picture Communication Symbols (Tobii/Dynavox).
Vest Displays are a great way to add visual and symbol support to simple songs and stories used during Circle Time. A vest display is typically worn on a velcro-receptive apron or vest and has the advantage of simplifying joint attention by presenting communication content in line with the Facilitator’s face.
This simple version of Old MacDonald is primarily designed for use with children who are cognitively young or children with visual challenges. This resource is printed on legal sized paper and includes:
-2 scene options (simple scene; high contrast scene)
-back-to-back ANIMAL=SOUND symbols
This version of Old MacDonald includes several sets of 3.5 inch, back-to-back ANIMAL=SOUND EFFECT symbols. Sets reflect the use of either Photos or Picture Communication Symbols (Tobii/Dynavox) on either a white or black background.
The farmer is detachable allowing the Facilitator to pull the farmer manipulative off the vest display to place in within a child’s field of regard. There is a back-to-back HAD/ON symbol allowing the Facilitator to alter the scene to reflect two lines: “ OLD MAC DONALD HAD” and “ and ON that FARM”
The ‘engagement piece’ is enhanced by the suspense of barn doors that flap open to reveal an animal card hidden behind the doors. This animal card can then be removed, flipped to the ‘sound effect’ side (primarily serving as a place holder) and can be repeatedly shown to the group as the song is being sung.
It is also possible to add tactile clues to the animal images, e.g., coiled pipe cleaner for pig’s tail, fur for cat, feather for hen, dog tag for dog.
Another resource called Guidelines for Constructing Vest Displays is also available and provides more in-depth information on vest display construction.