News-2-You is a weekly newspaper connecting students with special needs to the world around them, enabling them to expand their horizons and engage in relevant current event topics. The AAC Language Lab has teamed up with N2Y to bring you relevant resources to help your students succeed with AAC in the classroom! These resources support descriptive teaching as the foundation, allowing students to engage with each article using vocabulary already on their AAC system. Subscribers of N2Y will discover that individuals can participate in all activities using these pre-made supports, no matter your students' chosen AAC device or language system. Supports are available as a free resource on the AAC Language Lab and will be available weekly. For more information on the curriculum, visit News 2 You SymbolStix®, Copyright 2019, SymbolStix, LLC. All rights reserved. Used with permission
More about descriptive teaching:
Descriptive teaching can be a valuable strategy to help students learn new content in the classroom. It’s a way to teach academic vocabulary and concepts by talking about them with core and other high frequency words. Rather than asking questions that require a single word response with vocabulary you need to program on their device, ask your AAC learners open-ended questions that enable them to talk about concepts and key words using vocabulary they already have on their AAC system. To learn more about descriptive teaching and how to support your AAC learners with this valuable teaching strategy, access the handouts and resources below.
Want to learn even more about descriptive teaching and how to implement this method with students? Check out The Descriptive Teaching Method learning plan on AAC Learning Journey.
Considerations for Adding Words to an AAC System: