AAC users and other emergent writers often need alternative pencils. Using word banks has been shown in the research to be a good place to start.
These topic boards can be used for several purposes.
They can serve as communication boards for specific topic participation for students who do not have the vocabulary in their aac system.
They can serve as word bank choices and models for students who are participating in writing opportunities and need support with spelling.
They can be used by students who do not have sufficient language to participate on the topic.
This idea comes from listening to the work of Patti King-DeBaun, who suggests that topic boards can increase participation, increase language understanding, and be used in both aac/“oral” and written language activities to increase participation and understanding. It also comes from the research of Erickson and Sturm who both talk about using word banks to assist emergent writers.
This is a Pets topic board, consisting of 2 pages with 23 related words and a page of text boxes. It is recommended that you laminate them and place them in a file folder. All of your topic boards can then easily be stored and found in their file folders.
Check out my Core Words word bank folder here
for the starter set.