The AAC request activity provided us with a great tool to help demonstrate to the child and to the child's mother who was present that communication boards do work well for helping to communicate wants and needs to others. They also serve as a wonderful catalyst for speech production and encourage the use of verbalization's along with the use of the communication board. They are very useful for helping to increase communication outside of the speech therapy session and into the students home and school environments. They really can be the best answer for the non-verbal child and this AAC item is a wonderful way to practice to see if a child is able to use one.
And in this picture we are working with an older more verbal child. We have asked him to produce a full sentence in order to request the picture to fill up his pictured bathroom sink area. For example, he was provided with an initial model sentence, but was then asked to produce the full sentences on his own like: "May I have the toothbrush?" He then placed the toothbrush near the sink on his bathroom item themed AAC mat after his request and after Shanda handed it to him. He and Shanda had a wonderfully interactive speech session! The child was able to work on receptive language by following directions and also articulation and verbal expression. It was found out from this sentence level interaction that the child needed to work on a slower rate of speech and over-articulation of some sounds to improve his intelligibility. They even worked on one specific sound after it was found to be distorted in sentence length speech. One that was not distorted at the word level. So that was a good catch!