By Jane Odom, M.Ed, Director or Implementation Resources
Think about how often a young mother will talk to her infant even though the infant cannot repeat what she says. In this same way, it is important for us to use some techniques to show a child what we expect.
First and foremost, it is important that the person teaching the child how to use the device also knows the device. Classes are offered live, via etraining, and on PRC’s website to accomplish this.
The easiest way is to simply pick up the device and use it to talk to the child. Show them how to use it by talking to them with the device itself. If they attempt to tell you something that is not quite right, EX – ‘want cookie’, acknowledge the attempt by saying ‘Oh, you want a cookie?’ and then take the device and use it to model ‘I want a cookie too!’ (then, do the happy dance because they made the attempt).
You can use our PASS software to create visual prompts using the ‘Write with Icon’ tool. This tool allows you to create vocabulary cards, charts etc to visually show a child a target sequence.
You can also use tools like a small flashlight, laser pointer, finger pointer or even Wikki Stixs to point to or highlight an icon on the screen to prompt the child. Be sure to give them enough time to process your request before you jump in to show them.
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