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USING DYNAMIC DISPLAY TO PROMOTE LITERACY

Presenter(s)
Gaylon Ponder-AAC Consultant
Words+, Inc.
1220 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: 800-869-8521
Fax: 661-723-2114
Email: sheron@words-plus.com

Ricardo Ortega
Words +, Inc
1220 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: 800-869-8521
Fax: 661-723-2114
Email: sheron@words-plus.com

This presentation was put together in order to give the client, therapist, and teacher a documented process for using the augmentative communication equipment to move the student up the literacy curve because literacy is so important to the augmentative communication user's future success. Far too many students with physical disabilities do not develop good literacy skills even when they are capable of learning them. This adversely affects their ability to get jobs, go to college, or represent themselves appropriately in our society.

The methods presented here utilize normal learning processes and features that are often available as a standard part of dynamic display augmentative communication devices. An easy method for real time classroom participation by augmentative communication users will also be demonstrated. Two case studies will include short video clips, and discussion.

The attendee will be able to put what they learning into practice immediately.

Most of us learned how to read and write with the basic concept of SEE IT, DO IT, HEAR IT AND SAY- IT. In this presentation, we will discuss how a physically disabled non-speaking individual can participate in the multi-sensory approach of SEE IT, DO IT, HEAR IT, SAY IT using an AAC system. People with disabilities often can not write or speak therefore they are unable to participate in the DO IT, SAY IT. They are missing out on over half of the multi-sensory process.

This information is to provide a method for using augmentative communication equipment to achieve fast effective communication through enhanced literacy starting with picture communication symbols and growing forward. The Freedom 2000, manufactured by Words+ is an augmentative communication system; using pictographic software to present the literacy transition of an AAC user into a literate text to speech user. It is very simple to move the pictures into a word format, but most teachers, therapists and parents do not know the process. Much information is published concerning the use of augmentative communication, how to program the device, overlay development and how to organize language on a dynamic display effectively. In order to focus on the use of the strategy here, that information will be referred to as though the therapist has a basic understanding of those techniques.

Without the process, there is no product. How do we start the process? First, identify and target a word eg (WANT). Then match the word with a picture/symbol (enhance the word). Program the picture/symbol to say a verbal message eg. ( I want that). Go to the spelling page and ask the AAC user to practice spelling the word. At this point you are now ready to turn off your symbol. Go to the Symbols menu and turn off the symbol. Your AAC user has just added another site word to their vocabulary. Repeat the process until all symbols are off and only the site words remain. This process can then also be applied to a text to speech software. Using EZ Keys for windows, a powerful text to speech, word prediction software.


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