by Samuel Sennott
How did you learn to talk? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Did you learn to speak english as a child? Did you learn spanish? I ponder these questions as Linda Burkhart starts the hour long workshop reminding us about the importance of modeling, as she brings us back to the classic Engineering the Environment texts and the concept of aided language stimulation. This receptive before expressive concept and the idea of constantly modeling the use of components in an AAC system makes so much sense! Here are some notes from the hour:
Partner Assisted Scanning
Asking the right questions is key. Automaticity with yes and no is a goal. Keeping the yes and no on consistent sides is helpful in the process. : )
Parter assisted scanning, while still English, has:
- Different Structure
- Different Pace
- Different Pragmatics
- Different Interactive Strategies
Pragmatically Organized Dynamic Display (PODD) Communication Books (Gayle Porter)
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*NEW – Instructional Course – Presented at ISAAC in Germany – July 2006*
Linda J. Burkhart and Gayle Porter
SEE KID SEE BOOK is such a good catch phrase to take from this workshop. It keeps it simple when you are trying to help a learner and the team surrounding the learner.
Practice, Practice, Practice using it yourself. (the system)
by Samuel Sennott
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Linda Burkhart’s Terrific Website: www.lindaburkhart.com
Linda Burkhart starts the hour with redefining “errorless learning”, a term she has used often. She speaks about how for her it means a forum for learning filled with strategic and meaningful feedback where the child can problem solve during their efforts, focusing on active learning and experimentation. She speaks about a flooding into the field of a skewed look at the concept that speaks about just, “not letting the learner mess up.” For me, her teaching on this concept is forever tied with her classic story of the lady with the yellow umbrella. (not told this session) She shows this concept of active learning, so clearly during a later software demonstration showing informative feedback for an emerging two switch scanner stacking virtual blocks.
“How long do I teach cause and effect? Well, about ten minutes…for the year.” , says Linda. She tells us that children can get this concept very quickly, if we do the hard work of setting the environment so that the learner can, “get it.” We see some excellent video examples of children using the movements that they already have to “get it” and quickly move on to more cognitively engaging activities.
Some Clips from the Hour Session:
Stepping Stone One: Cause and Effect
Getting What the Movement it is: Cause and Effect: learning for yourself
Getting it in Several Locations: a lot of things you can do and have fun doing it.
Goal: Practicing: Thousands of times with intent, purpose, and motivation
Two Switches Two Functions
Two Switch Step Scanning
Software Pics: Inclusive TLC: Switchit Wildlife
Stealth Switch: An affordable $70 (here at ATIA) switch interface that allows you to reprogram the switch inputs like the intelliswitch. Sold by Technology for Education www.tfeinc.com Look for direct link asap.
Stealth Switch software interface.
by Samuel Sennott
Thursday Morning ATIA 2008 9:45
AAC users as authors is a terrific concept that is incredibly exciting in this age of near instant publishing and really simple syndication. This workshop looks to be a terrific sampling of potent ideas to help us be better teachers of the writing process for our learners who use AAC.
Vocabulary Brainstorming & Rehearsal
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is teaching us how to help students brainstorm a wide range of vocabulary. She tells about how she learned the technique from Dr. Karen Erickson. She show how creating a web of possible vocabulary is so helpful to fuel the authoring process.
Eye Gaze and Partner Assisted Writing Templates
Use the eye gaze frames and auditory scanning templates loaded with writing set ups that provide tons of vocabulary to use during drafting. This connects with the pragmatically organized communication displays that Linda Burkhart just showed, made by Gayle Porter.
Performing Your Works
Seeing the pictures of the young children looking up at the AAC authors presenting their creative writing really drove home the point. What an empowering process this is!
I am super inspired by this workshop and look forward to the writing camp we are hosting at Nova this summer!
Final video of an AAC author presenting on stage!