I recently saw an awesome post on the Paths to Literacy Website from Deena Recker about books for students in different CVI phases. Check it out here. It’s a great post as she outlines different characteristics for Phases I, II, and III. She also provides free downloadable books to be used for students with CVI. I downloaded this fun one, Bill the Duck and the Ladybug. My SLP intern and I decided to make this into one of our adapted book kits!
We adapted/ included a few things in this kit. First, my intern put the story on a black background. Next we found a rubber duck and a light up ladybug (it’s Easter time so CVS is packed with tons of little spring light up toys like this). My intern has been reading this with one of our students who has characteristics of CVI Phase I. He’s been very clearly looking at the pictures in the book and saying “turn” to ask her to turn the page with his talker! She also reenacts the story using the story props.
Next we made a simple counting book to go along with the story. We followed the same guidelines and kept the text on one page and the picture on the other. We kept the background black, used bright text, and added some glitter to our spots to make them more visually attractive. On the last page of the book, we made a ladybug with removable spots. The Velcro on the ladybug is painted red so that it blends in. We did this so that it would not get confusing when counting “spots” on the ladybug if there were less than 5 black spots on. Then we made black spots with some glitter on them (again to make them more visually attractive).
We provided teachers with a few ways to work on numbers and counting while using this interactive activity. We included ideas for labeling numbers on a student’s talker, following directions with numbers, and counting.
You can find the PowerPoint with the instructions for our adapted book kit here. Enjoy!
It’s been forever since I posted! Things have been pretty crazy this school year but I think I’m finally getting back on track. More posts to come 🙂 I recently have been doing a lot of individual sessions with some of my more complex kiddos with a focus on AAC and literacy. I frequently use the Bridge Protocol to assess where my students are with regards to emergent literacy. I love this tool because it really breaks down emergent literacy skills and allows you see progress in smaller increments. It also has helped the teachers and paraprofessionals that I work with to have a better of idea of where their students are at and what skills they need to provide more opportunities for. (I was getting pretty sick of everyone only writing goals for “turning the page” as an emergent literacy skill with NO other ideas!)
A few weeks ago, I was at Barnes and Noble I spotted this sound story version of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. I am in love with it because it has a cute, quick story that goes along with the sounds on the side. So often, sounds books are either short (in pages)and have no real story line or they have a story line that makes sense with the sound symbols but it is SO LONG. This one is perfect!
I looked at the Foundations of Reading and Oral Language areas of the Bridge Protocol to keep myself on track while adapting. I really wanted to work on how my students handle/interact with books and increase their engagement.
With that in mind, I decided to texture adapt the sound symbols to give students (with and without vision impairment) something more to interact with. My SLP intern and I tried to be very purposeful with what we chose and worked hard to make sure the textures make sense with what the symbol represents. Here’s what we came up with.
We also decided to include the plush toy that goes along with the book to encourage interaction for some of our students who have not yet discovered a love for reading!
You can find the PowerPoint that goes along with the adapted book kit here. Enjoy!
Earlier this year, I found out that my beloved Baby-Sitters Club books had been turned into graphic novels. I immediately thought of a few pre-teen girls I know that would love to read these books on their eye-gaze devices. In our previous post, we discuss using Office 365 on Accent Devices to display adapted PowerPoint books. This would also be possible using the PowerPoint App on the iPad.
Unfortunately, I didn’t quite realize how daunting it would be to adapt the entire chapter book. I promise that it will be available for anyone who can demonstrate proof of purchase for the book when I it is complete. Until that time, I thought I would provide some instructions for how to I adapt graphic novels (I have listed a few suggestions, provided by a very helpful Barnes & Noble employee, below).
Roller Girl El Deafo Amulet
Continue reading for step-by-step instructions for adapting graphic novels in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint can make adapting books a breeze. We recently took the same features we use when making books for the computer or iPad and created a book for an Accent 1400 with NuEye. The Accent 1400 allows the user to download Microsoft with PowerPoint 360. This opens up the endless activity possibilities available through PowerPoint.
AlphaOops! H is for Halloween is the first book we tried this with and it was a hit! Each slide contains 4 icons that the child can click to turn the page, hear audio of the page, go back, or exit the book.
Continue reading for a free template and step-by-step directions.
An important rule in implementing comprehensive literacy instruction is that children need to be presented with multiple opportunities to write for multiple purposes (click here to read a great post from Caroline on the 3 T’s of Writing). When I reflect on my own day, I can include communication through text message and social media as two of my main forms of written expression. I made a Facebook Status Writing Activity a few months ago, and wanted to explore text messaging apps for kids next. I downloaded Roo Kids and PlayKids Talk, but will only be sharing information about Roo Kids, due to the security features of PlayKids Talk preventing Amanda and I from trying it (PlayKids Talk uses a photo of the user’s parent to determine if they are old enough to use the app and apparently Amanda does not pass for over 21).
We are so happy to share some of our ideas for integrating language and technology for students with multiple disabilities at ISAAC 2016. You can download the handout from our presentation by clicking here.
Most of the activities that we shared during our session are available through our website. If you are searching for a specific activity and can’t find it please let us know through email and we will point you in the right direction. If you are looking for a book that is not available on our website due to copyright reasons, please email us with proof that you own the original book and we can send you the adapted version.
Lauren and Amanda
- We are so excited about the resources currently available on the Project Core Website. The resources for Universal Core Vocabulary Systems will be sure to help many! And we can’t wait to see how their research progresses while developing a comprehensive implementation program for core vocabulary instruction.
- Loved Caroline Musselwhite’s and Gretchen Hanser’s presentation on predictable chart writing. They suggested using a document camera to show the class what students are saying on their AAC systems.
3. Vikki Haddix, Mary Shannon Marcella, and Laura Henry shared how they developed a team of people knowledgeable about AAC in their district. Their 1x/month, 2 hour groups reviewing research studies/ papers and discussing their own tough AAC cases sounds like a great model for professional development.
4. Caroline Musselwhite and Gretchen Hanser made the point that typically developing children get FOUR years to scribble before they begin to form letters and words in their writing. Why do we have different expectations for individuals with CCN, especially the older students who have never been given a chance to write?
5. Kate Anderson recommended providing parents and educators with “hot” and “cold” knowledge about AAC. Parents tend to prefer “hot knowledge” such as information given during a social interaction (i.e. conversation, online forum). So we should provide that in addition to the “cold” knowledge we typically provide in the form of handouts and pamphlets.
Put together these 3 sets of instructions and you can make an adapted pourer and CD switch for pennies compared to what the combo would cost through a retailer.
No-Solder Battery Interrupter
We have been slowly chipping away at the stack of games and toys got to adapt through a grant. The most recent game has been Pop-up Pirate. I am still figuring out how I am going to adapt the actual game pieces (maybe some built up handles) but I went ahead and adapted it for a touch screen on Boardmaker. Click on any of the pictures below to download the file from Boardmaker Share.
Last week we had a request on our Facebook page to write a post about how we make PowerPoint books. I had just started a how-to guide for my co-workers so the timing was perfect. You can download the guide I created by clicking HERE.
Let me know if you use the guide to create a book and feel free to email me if you have any questions.