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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter - 2/1/12

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February 01, 2012
  • Intervention Planning: All of the intervention plans and teaching materials were highlighted for learning to ask questions, except for “am” questions. Download the “Am” Intervention Plan and 3 simple PDF books: “Am I –I Am?”, “I Am-Are You?” and “Am I – Am I Going?”
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Print out the “Do You Like Me? – Will You Be Mine?” card that encourages your students to ask 2 simple questions. The card is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.
  • Teaching Tip: Do you need to make a quick and easy communication vest. Simply take a T-shirt, cut off the sleeves and cut open along the side seams. Create a pocket to store materials by flipping up the front of the T-Shirt about 2 or 3 inches and sewing along the outer edges and in the middle. Finish off the raw edges with seam binding. Add 2 or 3 strips of Velcro along the top of the front of the t-shirt. Attach a 3 to 4 inch piece of elastic from the front side to the back side (about 6 inches under your arm). This makes it easy to put on and take off and prevents the front of your communication vest from flapping or rolling up.
  • Pittsburgh Language Seminar Series: Check your calendars to see whether or not you can attend one of the upcoming seminar series. February 14-16 features Katya Hill as the guest speaker, March 13-15 features Jane Odom, April 17-19 features Marilyn Buzolich, and May 22-24 features Gail Van Tatenhove. All of these seminars are provided free of charge, with meals and lodging provided. Contact Renee McGough immediately at 412-885-8541 or email her at to register.
  • Announcements: Gail Van Tatenhove will be presenting a webinar for ATIA entitled “Core Vocabulary: Why Use It?” on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST. Register with ATIA to attend this webinar. The webinar code is: AT12-WEB04.



Benefits of Minspeak
Using multi-meaning icons.
The power of motor automaticity.

Use of Minspeak
Minspeak systems with different disabilities.
Minspeak and cultural-linguistic diversity.

The Power of Minspeak
Minspeak, language and literacy development.
Using Minspeak in the classroom.

Support of Minspeak
Strategies to support use of Minspeak.
Minspeak teaching materials.

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