Multimodal Communication: Successfully using Signing, Symbols and Apps (ECIA)

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  • 1. Multimodal Communication Amanda Hartmann
  • 2. Presentation for ECIA- Queensland Chapter at theEarly Childhood Intervention ExpoSaturday 17th March, 2013.
  • 3. Successfully usingSigning, Symbols and AppsTo help children become better communicators
  • 4. Amanda Hartmann Speech Pathologist Inclusive Technology ConsultantSpectronicsInclusive Learning Technologies
  • 5. What?Signing, symbols, iPad, computers, communication devices
  • 6. When?Not age prerequisite. Leap in at any age.
  • 7. Where?Everywhere. Anywhere.
  • 8. Who?Everyone. Anyone.
  • 9. Why?Speech, literacy, language, behaviour, participation, visualsupport, organisation, comprehension, etc.etc.
  • 10. Speech development
  • 11. General guideline• Early sounds: p, b, t, d, m, n, w, vowels• Crucial sounds often in error: s, z, k, g, f, l, h, blends• Harder sounds: sh, ch, j• Last sounds to develop: r, th, v
  • 12. SigningSigning can support students with unclear speechIf they sign as they speak, we may be able to understand them
  • 13. SymbolsMake low tech symbol cards to target words and sounds
  • 14. Apps
  • 15. Speech Development
Suggested apps • Articulation station • Articulation castle • ArtikPix
  • 16. Oral language
  • 17. SigningSigning can support oral languageUse signs to cue words in sentences
  • 18. SymbolsCreate low tech tools to support oral language.
  • 19. Apps
  • 20. Oral language - interactive
Suggested apps• Cookie Doodle• My Playhome• Clicky Sticky• Create a car
  • 21. Toca Boca AppsSuggested apps • Toca Store • Toca Doctor • Hair salon 2 • Toca Tea party • Toca Kitchen Monsters • Toca Tailor • Toca Fairy tales • Toca Kitchen
  • 22. Oral language - structured
Suggested apps • Bag Game• Splingo!• Speech with Milo• Special Words• Sentence Builder• Bitsboard
  • 23. Communication systemsFor students with little or no speech
  • 24. SigningSupport or alternative to speech
  • 25. SymbolsCommunication boards, communication books, PODD books, PECS
  • 26. Picture exchange Symbols Aided Language boards
  • 27. AppsCheck the comprehensive list of AAC apps on our Spectronics website
  • 28. Apps for AACSuggested apps • Proloquo2go • Sonoflex • Speech Hero • Sounding board
  • 29. Early literacy
  • 30. SigningFinger spelling to support literacy learning
  • 31. SymbolsUse symbols to create literacy based materials
  • 32. Apps
  • 33. Supported writing
 Suggested apps• Clicker Docs• Clicker Sentences
  • 34. Books Suggested apps• When you grow up• Dont let the pigeon run this app• Grasshopper books• Collins Big Cat Books
  • 35. 
 Early literacySuggested apps• Firstwords apps • Pocket phonics• Kids crosswords • Letter school• Montessori crosswords • iWrite words• Word wizard • rED• Alphawriter • Starfall• Simplex spelling • Oz phonics
  • 36. Behaviour tools
  • 37. SymbolsCreate symbols based tools for the classroom
  • 38. Apps
  • 39. Behaviours tools
Suggested apps • Token board • I Earned that • Visual routine • Calm counter • Sharing timer
  • 40. Create stuffStories, books, personal histories, social stories, movies, etc. etc.......
  • 41. SigningCreate personal sign dictionaries
  • 42. SymbolsKeep creating in Boardmaker! Or clicker! Or whatever. Try resources free and easy to access on websites...Boardmaker shareSpeaking of speech
  • 43. Apps
  • 44. Ideas• Supported writing • Cartoons• Chat books • Recounts• Social stories • Narratives• Video modelling • Plays• Teacher materials • Quizzes• Visual tools • Recipes• Schedules/timetables • Mind maps
  • 45. Ideas• All about me • Songs/ Raps• Web content • Job/chore charts• Notes • Poems• Brainstorming • Music• Reminders • Fun stuff• Journals • Character descriptions• Personal histories • Personal dictionaries
  • 46. Creation tools
Suggested apps • Book creator • Pix n Tell • iMovies • Puppet Pals • Toontastic
  • 47. Key take home messages.....
  • 48. Give it a go! Start. Go. Begin.
  • 49. Be consistent. Regular and reliable.
  • 50. Be flexible. Be ready to change and evolve.
  • 51. Be persistent. Dont give up too soon!
  • 52. Keep data. What works and what doesnt.
  • 53. Be fun and engaging! Hook those students in!
  • 54. Amanda HartmannSpeech PathologistInclusive Technology Consultantamandah@spectronics.com.au