Morning Routine

There are many language opportunities in all our morning routines. Use your AAC user's language system to connect with them around their experience of the morning. 

Comment

-look nice

-you fast

-great

-it yummy

-tired today

-beautiful outside

 

Ask for things

-want eat

-need socks

-get brush

-have drink

-want cereal 

-coffee

 

Complain

-I tired

-leave me alone 

-don't want 

-go away

-need sleep

-why?

 

Ask questions

-how sleep?

-what do today?

-what eat?

-where socks?

 

Tell each other what to do

-get up

-take off

-put on

-wash face

-take shower

-brush teeth

-do hair

-stretch

-shoes on

 

Nighttime Routine

Modeling can also happen at the end of the day. A nighttime routine can be a great time to connect with your child.

 

Tell each other what to do

-put on pajamas

-go toilet

-turn off light

-brush teeth

-sleep now 

-get in

 

Comment on bedtime

-clean teeth

-you did it!

-you tired

-nice day

-day done

-time sleep

-take long

-warm bed

-soft pillow

-favorite book

-sleepy

 

Complain

-annoying

-not tired

-exhausted

-not fair

-thirsty

 

Ask questions

-why bed now?

-how day?

-what do tomorrow?

 

Ask for things

-need water

-more story

-want cuddle

-give hug

-night light

-blanket

-want mom/dad

 

Mealtime

Remember that AAC modeling can happen anytime. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about ways to model at mealtime. Enjoy your time together!

 

Share about your day 

-it boring

-long day

-no school 

-watch TV

-talk friend 

-go walk

-read book

-call grandma 

-sister annoying 

 

Comment on your meal

-yummy

-yuck

-hungry

-not hungry

-taste good

-like it

-my favorite

-don't like

thirsty

-delicious

-hot

 

Ask for things

-want more

-have that

-want to drink

-need napkin

-please give

 

Ask questions

-how day?

-how is it?

-have dessert?

 

Bathtime

Make sure that you have a waterproof option as a part of the user's AAC system. A light tech communication board is great for the bathtime. 

 

Comment

-you dirty!

-smelly feet!

-water cold

-it hot

-hurt eyes

-fun

-oh no!

-I wet

-you silly

-you clean

-not smelly

 

Talk about your process

-turn on

-get in

-water off

-wash hair

-wash feet

-you help

-I do it

-you all done

-get out

-take towel

 

Ask for things

-need towel

-want toys

-bubble bath

-do more

-want play

-more water

-give me it

-shower on

 

Ask questions

-you ready?

-what was?

-when last

-where soap?

-shy splash?

-what next?

 

Cook together

Ideas for modeling while cooking together:

 

Ask for things

-want more

-make cookies

-need drink

-more chocolate

 

Comment on what you make

-yum

-crunchy

-yuck

-smelly

-taste good

-like it

-salty

-hot

-sweet

-messy

-exciting

-oh no!

-not good

 

Ask questions

-what make?

what need?

who do it?

 

Tell each other what to do

-wash hands

-make more

-you taste

-help do

-put it in

-mix it

-take out now!

-do dishes

-get that 

 

Read together

Modeling while you read with your AAC user is a wonderful way to teach language. 

 

Get attention

-look!

-oh, no!

-wow!

 

Invite participation

-what think?

-what next?

-who help?

-what favorite?'

-you like?

-why do?

-where going?

 

Comment on the story

-that cool

-funny story

-surprise!

-like you!

-he silly

-you do that 

-that scary

-exciting

-he lucky

-smart

-naughty

-gross!

 

Ask for things

-this book

-want see 

-different book

-read more

-again

-you read

-do myself

-you choose

-want done

 

Gardening

Get outside, garden together, and model some AAC while you do!

 

Comment

-nice out

-beautiful

-look that

-you big help

-pretty flower

-dirty hand

-boring

-feel wet

-smell good

-it get big

-need water

 

Talk about your process 

-put in

-take out

-dig it

-pull out

-water it

-turn on/off

-you do

-I help you

-come me

-I done

 

Ask questions 

-what do?

-what that?

-what like?

-where put?

-who do?

-what next?

-what happen?

-how much more?

 

Grocery planning

Comment

-yummy!

-not like it

-fish gross

-delicious

-my favorite

-think ok

-hungry now

-taste good

-love that

-it all gone

-fruit great

 

Ask for things

-get ice cream

-want cheese

-more chips

-mac & cheese

-eat bacon

-chicken nuggets

-get snacks

 

Ask questions

-what need?

-what make?

-what think?

-which want?

-when go?

-why I not go?

-have toilet paper?

 

Share ideas

-make cookies

-pizza party

-me cook you

-different dinner

 

Laundry

Comment

-it dirty

-my favorite

-boring

-tuck!

-clean now

-no more

-I don't like

-great

-you big help

-warm

-hard work

 

Talk about the process

-open it

-put in

-wash it

-soap in

-I do

-turn on

-look in

-it stop

-take out

-it turn

-put away

-we done

 

Ask questions

-How do?

-where sock?

-who shirt?

-what next?

-when done?

-why more?

 

Make it silly

-pants on head

-sock on hand

-sock on nose

-smelly sock

-not go there

-gross

 

Get dressed

Use your AAC learner's system to talk about getting dressed.

 

Comment

-look good!

-nice look

-new!

-get small

-beautiful!

-dirty

-cold outside

-you fancy!

-itchy!

-don't like

-like red

 

Ask for things

-want pink

-need warm

-give it

-underwear

-want pajamas

 

Tell each other what to do

-put on

-take off

-need wash!

-get shirt

-have change

-pants on

-look favorite

-help me

 

Ask questions

-what wear?

-where socks?

-it clean?

-where favorite?

-why not pajamas?

 

Playground

Comment

 

-it fun

-that good

-not like it

-you crazy

-look that

-feel tired

-I hot/cold

-cool

-think great 

-exciting

-not get me!

 

Ask for things

-want swing

-go walk

-need coat

-do more

-big push

-swing high

-get me

-want turn

-go slide

 

Tell each other what to do

-get on/off

-give push

-push me

-climb up

-come down

-don't help

-watch me

-play

-run fast

-do different

-stop it

 

Ask questions

-what do?

-where go?

-who do?

-who that?

-how push?

-when go?

 

Pool

Bring a light tech version of your user's AAC system and go to the pool.

 

Comment

-fun

-awesome

-feel good

-nice day

-you wet

-feel scared 

-like swim

-it hot

-you splash

-pool great

-get cold

-feel excited

 

Talk about the fun

-sunscreen on

-put on

-take off

-dry off

-get in/out

-come swim

-jump in

-go bathroom

-take break

-get clothes

-do more

-all done

 

Ask for things

-need towel

-need drink

-want snack

-float

-sunglasses

-swim more

 

Ask questions

-what think?

-what happen?

-what next?

-what need?

 

Beach

Many people worry about AAC devices getting damaged at the beach. It's one of the reasons that having a light-tech version of the AAC user's system is so important.

 

Comment

-excited

-it hot

-wet

-I love it

-this fun

-see bird

-I tired

-beautiful

-sun bright

-sand on feet

-thirsty

-look

-don't like

 

Talk about the fun

-sunscreen on

-in water

-make big

-look shell

-stop that

-sit down

-go walk

-build castle

-dig sand

-sand on me

-come

-go home

 

Ask for things

-need towel

-give more

-want drink

-want break

-want toy

-want snack

-swim with me

-sunglasses

-need shovel

 

Ask questions

-when eat?

-when go?

-what see?

-what do?

-why have go?

 

Restaurant

If you can eat out safely, it can be a great time to model AAC.

 

Comment

-hard wait

-I'm hungry

-yum

-it hot/cold

-my favorite

-fancy

-don't like it

-gross

-I'm full

-look good

-loud here

-soicy

-this nice

 

Talk about the meal

-look menu

-get soda

-hurry up

-more water

-need salt

-need pay

-want that

-come soon

-need fork

-you taste

-get dessert

-we go now

 

Prestored messages

-Can I have…

-Check please!

-I'm allergic to…

 

Ask questions

-what want?

-where food?

-what you get?

-where bathroom?

 

Video Chat

 

 

Comment

-I bored

-great to see you

-look good

-feel sad

-you funny

-that cool

 

Ask questions

-how you?

-what new?

-see movie?

-how family?

-when think see?

 

Build relationships

-I love you

-miss you

-you ok?

-talk soon?

 

Share about the day

-do school

-go outside

-dance party

-plat game

-nice walk

-rain here

-read book

-make lunch

-watch TV

 

Tell each other what to do

-turn on

-talk grandma

-my turn

-me see it

-all done now

-listen me

-call friend

-turn up

 

 

Beauty day

Comment

-beautiful

-look great

-pretty color

-nice hair

-feel good

-not like it 

-look you!

-fancy

-cool

-it ok

-fun

 

Talk about the process

-put on 

-take off

-open it

-brush hair

-do toes

-different

-do lips

-do makeup

-you turn

-come look

-wash hair

-get clip

-you all done

-look mirror

-take out

 

Ask for things

-brush more

-want red

-make eyes blue

-give that

-need lotion

 

Ask questions

-what want?

-what think?

-how look?

-what color?

-how do?

-what next?

 

On a walk

Tell each other what to do 

-come with me

-stop here

-slow down 

-let's go 

-hurry up

 

Comment on your walk

-nice day

-it cold

-love go out 

-feel good

-long walk

-see bird

-walk fast

-walk slow

-big tree

-fun outside

-windy day 

 

Get attention

-look!

-see that!

 

Ask questions 

-where go?

-what that?

-how long?

-when done?

 

Online shopping

Comment

-that cute

-look weird

-not like

-pretty shirt

-need that

-it great

-excited

-I like it

-it nice

-cool

-hurry up come

-handsome

-expensive

 

Talk about the fun

-look up

-find shoes

-come see

-get that

-help find

-not get

-can't find

-please

-look different

-I don't know

-buy later

-buy it

 

Ask for things

-need  clothes

-want shoes

-buy book

-get you

-puzzle

-want different

 

Ask questions

-what need?

-what color?

-how much?

-what store?

-what think?

-when come?

 

Playing ball

Comment

-awesome

-big ball

-I like it

-it little

-ball great

-don't like

-hard kick

-cool

-excellent

-yellow ball 

-I tired

-think fun

-makes me mad

 

Talk about the fun

-play ball

-I get it

-help me

-kick it

-bounce

-do again

-my turn

-give me

-throw it up

-roll down

-you catch

-I finished

 

Ask for things or actions

 

-want green

-need turn

-want kick

-give football

-more 

 

Ask questions

-what do?

-where go?

-who do?

-where throw?

-which ball?

 

Bubbles

 

Comment

-look!

-big bubble

-it pop

-get wet

-sticky

-pop nose

-pretty

-fun

-you silly

-it not work!

-go up

 

Tell each other what to do

-I open

-take out

-put in

-you do

-blow

-my turn

-pop it

-I help

-blowhard

-catch bubble

 

Ask questions

-who do?

-where blow?

-where go?

-what next?

-what do?

-what think?

-how blow?

 

Ask for things

-want big

-want blow

-make more

-need towel

-want little

-blow lots

-want done

 

Play with pets

 

 

If you have pets, grab your AAC user's system and play together. Playing with them can be a great time to model language.

 

Comment

-cute

-he silly

-smelly mouth

-wet

-pretty cat

-soft

-need bath

-look!

-she loud 

-love you

-good dog

-fun toy

-like it

 

Talk about the fun

-want play

-come

-go out

-get it

-wait

-bring it

-throw ball

-my turn

-you do

-give foot

-sit down

-want eat

 

Ask questions

-where go?

-where throw?

-where hide?

-where cat?

-who good?

-who beautiful?

-can I pet?

 

Building toys

 

 

Whether you have legos or old boxes, building toys is a fantastic activity for modeling AAC.

 

Comment

-awesome

-it fall down

-tall tower

-makes me mad

-frustrating

-that mine

-oh, no!

-that smart

-that funny

-you silly

-cool

-great

 

Pretend and imagine

-it house

-my store

-build zoo

-oh no monster!

-drive car

 

Talk about building

-put on

-take off

-make big

-knock down

-I help

-give me

-don't do

-your turn

-make different

-do more

 

Ask questions

-what build?

-what want? 

-where go?

-what that?

-who do?

-who turn?

-you see it?

-how do?

 

Arts and crafts

 

Make something together. While you do, use your learner's AAC system to talk about it. Arts and craft activities with your AAC user are fun, and they offer an opportunity to get creative.

 

Comment

-it great

-you awesome

-it messy

-frustrating

-look that

-beautiful

-fun

-I made it

-that cool

-not like

 

Talk about your process

-put on

-I get it

-give me

-open it

-cut paper

-glue it

-draw circle

-color in

-do more

-I all done

 

Ask for things

-what make?

-what need?

-what draw?

-what do?

-where glue?

-where put?

 

Ask questions

-need paper

-want paint

-different color

-want help

-paintbrush

-blue marker

-scissors

 

Scavenger hunt

 

Scavenger hunts are fun! You can hunt for just about anything!

 

Comment

-hard find

-I find it

-good eye

-can't find

-this fun

-lucky

-I excited

-excellent

-it big/little

-wrong color

-find fast

-great

-frustrating

-you good

 

Talk about the fun

-come with me

-need blue

-take picture

-help me

-I see it

-I don't know

-we all done

-look there

-look different

-put in

-hurry up

-go find more

-have all

 

Ask for things

-want paper

-give bag

-need that

 

Ask questions

-what find? 

-what that?

-what next?

-where look?

-what see?

-how many more?

 

Video Games

 

Comment

-look like me

-it hard

-boring watch

-exciting

-it fun

-you good

-cool game

-oh no!

-that easy

-you did it

-frustrating

-nice

-not fair

-awesome

 

Talk about the fun

-turn on/off

-choose

-my turn

-I play now

-get them

-do different

-go there

-not do that

-look out 

-take that

-play with me

-you win

-take break

 

Ask for things

-want play

-more

-give me that

-want snack

-new game

 

Play Dough

 

Play Dough is a great activity. Enjoy playing together!

 

Comment

-think fun

-that mine

-it pizza

-cool!

-scary snake 

-old hard

-red favorite

-you crazy 

-pretty heart

-smell good

-you make it

 

Talk about the process 

-open it

-take out

-roll play dough

-I help

-cut pizza

-push down

-squeeze it

-don't touch

-I done

-put in/on

 

Ask for things

-make snake

-need knife

-want blue

-different

-want more

-cookie cutter

-get new

 

Ask questions

-what make?

-what that?

-what think?

-what want?

-who do?

-how do?

-why dry?

 

Bike ride

 

 

If the AAC user has a bicycle, a bike ride can be a great time to model AAC. Get out together, enjoy your time, and talk using the AAC system.

 

Comment

-you fast

-nice outside

-oh no!

-thirsty

-feel hot

-hard go up

-think great

-it fun

-awesome

-that hurt

-look you go

-like fast

-leg tired

-think great

 

Talk about the fun

-go ride

-get on/off

-take off

-do more

-fall down

-want stop

-come with me

-helmet on

-hurry up

-go there

-hurt knee

-we done

 

Advocate

-I need a break

-I need help

-I need to go to the bathroom

 

Ask questions 

-who come?

-where go?

 

 

Washing the car

 

 

If you're worried about water damage, consider a waterproof light tech communication support. 

 

Comment

-it dirty

-bubbles 

-you wet

-I like it

-this fun

-like car

-red car

-hard work 

-good now

-look nice

-shiny

-big help

-it clean

 

Talk about the process 

-I help

-turn on/off

-give me that

-get there

-come here

-not get me

-we do

-need water

-clean wheel

-do window

-I get you

-all done

 

Ask for things

-more bubbles

-play in water

-want hose

-more soap

-want ride

 

Ask questions

-where soap?

-who help?

-what think?

-what get now?

-we done?

 

 

Make a puzzle

 

 

Comment

-awesome

-it hard

-cool

-can't do it

-look

-great

-you did it

-annoying

-you smart

-I don't know

-like it

 

Talk about the process

-want puzzle

-do that

-put in

-I help

-you do

-get more

-do different

-need that

-all done

-choose

-take out

-not go in

-go there

-turn it

-need help

-I have it

-all done

-come see

 

Ask questions

-which do?

-where put?

-what next?

-where go?

-who do?

 

 

Trampoline

 

 

Trampolines are great as a sensory activity. If the AAC user likes to jump, it's a good opportunity to model on the AAC system.

 

Comment

-it fun

-exciting

-feel happy

-you silly

-big jump

-little jump

-favorite

-that hurt

-not fair

-dizzy

-look you!

-fast

-get tired

 

Talk about the fun

-shoes on/off

-get on/off

-I do it

-take turn

-your turn

-go up

-come up/on

-get down/off

-jump high

-take break

-do more

-stop

-done

 

Ask for things and actions

-turn on music

-want ball

-watch me

 

Ask questions

-who next?

-how high go?

-who do?

 

 

Baby doll

 

 

Comment

-stinky

-upset

-love you

-you hungry

-baby tired

-quiet

-cute

-it dirty

-clean diaper

-it ok

-yummy

-look sleep

-good baby

 

Talk about the activity

-come play

-do different

-all done

-do more

-put away

 

Pretend

-I help

-you hold

-take off

-clothes on

-want more

-eat baby

-night night

-give kiss

-need change

-give bath

-drink milk

-need food

-go bed

 

Ask questions

-what wrong?

-what smell?

-what eat?

-why cry?

-what want?

 

 

Talk about loss

 

 

Loss is a part of life. Language helps us understand and process our feelings. Talk about death and all the feelings that come with it using AAC. Everyone deserves access to these conversations. The death of a loved one is confusing and loaded with emotion. 

 

Comment

-feel sad

-different now

-I don't understand

-it hard

-love them

-confused

-they died

-I'm sorry

-I miss them

-feel bad

-not fair

-I mad

-I can't believe 

-life changed

 

Talk about it

-not come back

-ok cry

-need hug

-no more hurt

-ok not cry

-you safe

-remember fun time

-I'm here

-I listen

-look picture

-want see them

-take time

-need recover

-no one understand

-want see them

 

Ask questions

-have question?

-why?

-how feel?

-when feel ok?

-want talk?

 

 

Say goodbye

-I love you

-miss you

-goodbye

 

 

Covid-19

 

 

It's essential to talk about Covid-19 with the AAC user, even if you're not sure they understand.

 

Comment

-feel worried

-I bored

-mask uncomfortable

-confused

-it hard

-I hate it

-unfair

-it scary

-it weird

-don't like it

-frustrating

-annoying

-don't want to do it

 

Talk about it

-wear mask

-wash hands

-not go out

-miss friends

-you safe

-people get sick

-doctor help

-read story

-I don't know

 

Advocacy and self-talk

-I don't understand

-I need a hug

-I can give space

-please explain

-I'm safe

-I can

 

Ask questions

-what's happening?

-when go out?

-where you going?

-why home?

-when see?

-you ok?

 

 

Watching TV

 

 

Making modeling a part of your everyday activities is crucial. It doesn't have to be perfect. The most important thing is to connect with the AAC user using their language. 

Ideas for modeling while watching TV:

 

Tell each other what to do 

-want different

-more

-get snack

-turn on

 

Comment on the show

-funny 

-scary

-like it

-not good

-weird

-boring

-awesome

-cool

-interesting

 

Ask question

-like it?

-what's happening?

-why do?

 

Fight over the remote

-mine

-not you

-stop it

 

 

Personal Care

 

 

It may be helpful to have a non-electronic communication board in the bathroom. Make the AAC support as easy to access as possible.

 

Comment

-dirty

-stinky

-awesome

-that hurt

-smell nice

-you wet/dry

-done fast

-clean hands

-not want do

-water hot

-not like it

-clean now

-look good

 

Talk about the process

-turn on/off

-more soap

-wash face

-need do it

-take shower

-don't help me

-need shave

-brush hair

-brush teeth

-deodorant on

-all done

 

Ask for things

-bubbles

-lotion

-give towel

-want long shower

 

Ask questions

-ok I help?

-how do hair?

-how feel?

-what next?

-what think?

 

 

Listening to music

 

 

Comment on the music/dance

-I like it

-awesome

-that weird

-bad song

-fun dance

-you funny

-don't like

-my favorite

-terrible

-not cool

-old song

-loud

 

Ask for things

-different

-do again

-new song

-turn it up

-dance me

-want fast

-quiet song

-play drum

-cool song

 

Ask questions

-what favorite?

-why you like?

-what think?

 

End the party

-I done

-finished

-tired need stop

-have headache

 

 

Hide and seek

 

 

Hide and seek is an activity that includes movement.

 

Talk about the process

-your turn

-my turn

-I hide

-you come

-go in

-under that

-ready not

-I come

-go look

-look there

-not there

-can't find

-look different

-see you

-come out

-do more

-stop now

-I all done

 

Ask questions

-where you?

-where go?

-where look? 

-when find?

-who find?

-what next?

 

Comment

-fun

-you good

-like play you

-this hard

-you get me

-you smart

-like it

-awesome

-silly

-frustrating

-don't like

 

 

Birthday party

 

 

Celebrate your loved ones' birthdays and use your user's AAC system to model some language!

 

Comment

-awesome

-you old

-yummy cake

-that cool

-it loud

-look!

-new toy

-it special

-exciting

-I like it

-don't want to do it

 

Talk about the party

-make card

-get present

-help open

-cake time

-blow out

-eat cake

-take out

-sing song

-need break

-have more

 

Ask questions

-what get?

-what want?

-who give?

-how old?

-where get?

 

Exclaim

-happy birthday

-thank you

-you're welcome

 

 

Write an email

 

 

This activity is intended as a language task where a message is written down and shared with a receiver. It allows a parent or therapist to help the AAC user generate a full message.

 

Share news

-went walk

-watch movie

-had pizza

-call friend

 

Share ideas

-let's go store

-have party

-let's go out to eat!

 

Comment

-boring home

-it fun

-brother silly

-yummy

-nice

 

Ask for things

-get cheese store

-want music

-go bed later

-call me

 

Ask questions

-how you?

-what you do?

-come see me?

-when movies?

-go drive car?

-what you think?

 

Include greetings and closings 

-hi

-hey

-to

-from

-yo

-love

-bye

-later

 

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