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

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

  1. 1. Multimodal Communication Amanda Hartmann
  2. 2. Presentation for ECIA- Queensland Chapter at theEarly Childhood Intervention ExpoSaturday 17th March, 2013.
  3. 3. Successfully usingSigning, Symbols and AppsTo help children become better communicators
  4. 4. Amanda Hartmann Speech Pathologist Inclusive Technology ConsultantSpectronicsInclusive Learning Technologies
  5. 5. What?Signing, symbols, iPad, computers, communication devices
  6. 6. When?Not age prerequisite. Leap in at any age.
  7. 7. Where?Everywhere. Anywhere.
  8. 8. Who?Everyone. Anyone.
  9. 9. Why?Speech, literacy, language, behaviour, participation, visualsupport, organisation, comprehension, etc.etc.
  10. 10. Speech development
  11. 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. 12. SigningSigning can support students with unclear speechIf they sign as they speak, we may be able to understand them
  13. 13. SymbolsMake low tech symbol cards to target words and sounds
  14. 14. Apps
  15. 15. Speech Development
Suggested apps • Articulation station • Articulation castle • ArtikPix
  16. 16. Oral language
  17. 17. SigningSigning can support oral languageUse signs to cue words in sentences
  18. 18. SymbolsCreate low tech tools to support oral language.
  19. 19. Apps
  20. 20. Oral language - interactive
Suggested apps• Cookie Doodle• My Playhome• Clicky Sticky• Create a car
  21. 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. 22. Oral language - structured
Suggested apps • Bag Game• Splingo!• Speech with Milo• Special Words• Sentence Builder• Bitsboard
  23. 23. Communication systemsFor students with little or no speech
  24. 24. SigningSupport or alternative to speech
  25. 25. SymbolsCommunication boards, communication books, PODD books, PECS
  26. 26. Picture exchange Symbols Aided Language boards
  27. 27. AppsCheck the comprehensive list of AAC apps on our Spectronics website
  28. 28. Apps for AACSuggested apps • Proloquo2go • Sonoflex • Speech Hero • Sounding board
  29. 29. Early literacy
  30. 30. SigningFinger spelling to support literacy learning
  31. 31. SymbolsUse symbols to create literacy based materials
  32. 32. Apps
  33. 33. Supported writing
 Suggested apps• Clicker Docs• Clicker Sentences
  34. 34. Books Suggested apps• When you grow up• Dont let the pigeon run this app• Grasshopper books• Collins Big Cat Books
  35. 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. 36. Behaviour tools
  37. 37. SymbolsCreate symbols based tools for the classroom
  38. 38. Apps
  39. 39. Behaviours tools
Suggested apps • Token board • I Earned that • Visual routine • Calm counter • Sharing timer
  40. 40. Create stuffStories, books, personal histories, social stories, movies, etc. etc.......
  41. 41. SigningCreate personal sign dictionaries
  42. 42. SymbolsKeep creating in Boardmaker! Or clicker! Or whatever. Try resources free and easy to access on websites...Boardmaker shareSpeaking of speech
  43. 43. Apps
  44. 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. 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. 46. Creation tools
Suggested apps • Book creator • Pix n Tell • iMovies • Puppet Pals • Toontastic
  47. 47. Key take home messages.....
  48. 48. Give it a go! Start. Go. Begin.
  49. 49. Be consistent. Regular and reliable.
  50. 50. Be flexible. Be ready to change and evolve.
  51. 51. Be persistent. Dont give up too soon!
  52. 52. Keep data. What works and what doesnt.
  53. 53. Be fun and engaging! Hook those students in!
  54. 54. Amanda HartmannSpeech PathologistInclusive Technology Consultantamandah@spectronics.com.au

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