Posts Tagged ‘literacy’

Sight Word Readers & AAC

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Sight Word Readers & AAC

Sight word readers are a great way to target vocabulary for AAC users. They are usually short, repetitive and contain core vocabulary as well as seasonal or high interest vocabulary. Check out this FREEBIE on Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Sight-Word-Books-FREEBIE-399329

I currently have patients using Speak For Yourself, LAMP Words For Life & TouchChat so I am going to print symbols for the core vocabulary (has, get, on, can) from those AAC apps. I saved the PDF of the free sight word reader books in iBooks on my second iPad and will use the symbols with that while we use my main iPad or the patient’s device (for those who have one) as the “talker”. I’ll also do programming to add any seasonal fringe vocabulary that may not already be in the AAC apps.

See these posts for more free printable sight word readers:

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.Disclaimer: I believe in a “balanced” approach to AAC with a good mix of core vocabulary and fringe vocabulary customized to that child’s particular interests. See this post from PrAACtical AAC: http://bit.ly/1Ds1d4x

I’m so very tired of seeing posts in Facebook groups with heated debates between folks who are diehard “core only” and those who are “noun only”. Folks get so focused on defending their approach that they lose sight of what an individual AAC user may need or that AAC should be fun.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

Book Review: ABC Menagerie (be prepared for a menagerie of fun!)

Check out this fun new book I won from Compendium – Live Inspired!

I have tons of ABC books but ABC Menagerie is definitely a new fave!  There is an animal and rhyme for each letter of the alphabet. The book has unique animal names that give it a multicultural flair (Ayo the Aardvark, Brunhilde the Bear, Chione the Camel, Degas the Dog, Eshe the Elephant, Fritz the Fox, Galina the Goat, Henri the Hare, Ignacius the Iguana, Jesenia the Jaguar, Kyeema the Kangaroo, Luciana the Llama, Murray the Mole, Nigaq the Narwhal, Ophelia the Opossum, Percival the Pig, Quintessa the Quail, Runako the Rhino, Sheldon the Sheep, Thuy the Turtle, Ultima the Umbrellabird, Vikram the Vulture, Wava the Walrus, Xavier the X-imal, Yuri the Yak & Zareb the Zebra), great descriptive vocabulary and is full of humor and play on words. I love the additional details of how to pronounce each name & the information about each animal and their habitat in the back of the book…. laughed out loud at the humourous description of the X-imal 🙂

But best of all are the photos of the quirky felt animal sculptures that stand out against the plain white background. So many details to look at and to describe….. a SLP’s dream come true! The plain white background, vivid colors & large font type will be great for kids with special needs, especially those with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities & Visual Impairments.

Kids yoga teachers are gonna LOVE all the great opportunities for poses with this many animals. Most pair up easily with existing poses while others will require some creativity. I’ve got my thinking-cap on to come up for poses for aardvark, llama, opossum, walrus & yak as well as the birds in the book: quail, umbrellabird & vulture. Any ideas?

Available at: http://www.live-inspired.com/ABC-Menagerie-P1032 & on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ABC-Menagerie-M-H-Clark/dp/1932319549.

See the cool story behind the creation of the book: http://www.live-inspired.com/blog/post.cfm/abc-menagerie.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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