Lesson 1

Initial Reaction

Modeling isn't working just because he/she doesn't pay attention when you provide the model. 

Reframed Perspective

• Even if he's not looking, he may be listening. 

• He is more likely to pay attention if you model language related to his interests and perspective.

 

• You can make video models of exciting and essential messages so the user can watch in a different way.

• You can invite peers or siblings to model because they might be interesting.

• Remember that it takes time. If you keep modeling regularly, the user will learn why it's worth paying attention.

 

Lesson 2

Initial Reaction

• He doesn't use that AAC system intentionally.

• He didn't mean to say that.

• She's just playing.

• He only stims on it.

Reframed Perspective

• This system is new, and the user has to explore it to see what it can do.

• You can't read his/her mind, so you don't know if he/she meant to say that or not.

 

• When children learn to speak, they babble. The AAC user is doing that differently.

 

• If you respond to what the user is saying, you can help him/her learn the power he/she has as a communicator and what the words mean in the context.

The user needs time and models to learn how to use this system.

 

Lesson 3

Initial Reaction

• She doesn't even make choices certainly yet.

• She's not ready for a complicated device.

Reframed Perspective

• How do I know what her choice is? I can't know what she is thinking.

• Maybe she's just picking something because she knows I want her to respond.

• Perhaps the choices I'm offering aren't what she's thinking about right now.

• Maybe she changed her mind after she picked it. That happens to me.

• Perhaps if she had more words, she would say things I'm not expecting.

• We don't wait for speaking children to make selections before using lots of words to talk to them.

• She can't learn to use a system unless I show her how to use it.

 

Lesson 4

Initial Reaction

He can say a few words. How would AAC help him? Maybe it will keep him from speaking more!

Reframed Perspective

• Speech is the most efficient way to express thoughts and feelings. If he could use speech, he probably would.

• It must be stressful not to be able to communicate clearly. Having a different way would reduce his frustration. 

• Besides the tools he uses to communicate, he should also have an AAC system. More strategies are a good thing!

• Research suggests that if AAC affects speech production, it may support it!

• Using an AAC device would let him learn how to use language while his speech continues to develop.

• I hope I'll get to know him even better. 

 

Lesson 5

Initial Reaction

He can say a few words. How would AAC help him? It might keep him from speaking more!

Reframed Perspective

• Speech is the most efficient way to express a thought. If he could do it through speech, he probably would.

• An AAC system would add to the instruments he has to communicate. 

• Using an AAC system would allow him to learn how to use language while his speech continues to develop.

• It must be stressful not being able to communicate clearly. Maybe having an additional way would decrease the user's frustration.

• I want to get to know the user even better. If we can use the language on an AAC system to connect, I might learn things about the user I wasn't expecting. 

We can't limit the AAC users' access to communication because speech is comfortable. They deserve to be heard.

 

Lesson 6

Initial Reaction

This child is too (insert) to use robust AAC. 

Reframed Perspective

I can teach this child. I just need to figure out the strategies that will support the user's unique needs.

Initial Reaction

This device is too complicated. There is no way they will learn this. I can't even do it!

Reframed Perspective

I can learn one section or a couple of words at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed. They probably won't understand it unless I do!

Initial Reaction

Why can't they do (insert skill) yet? It is taking too long.

Reframed Perspective

It's a marathon. Not a sprint. If we keep teaching, we'll be better off in a year than we will be if we stop.

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