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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 45- 3/15/12

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March 15, 2012
  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Rosie Portera, an SLP from Martin County Schools in Florida, contributed this suggestion for using Pixons. “I’ve been doing a lot of testing lately and my language impaired students just fall down so much when it comes to descriptors.  They can be so one-dimensional! As part of my therapy, we work on “what” concepts almost every session and we talk about the different attributes of objects. This Pixon Tell-Me-About Guide seems to help them think about aspects of an object beyond just its color or name.  I shared it with teachers and they are incorporating it when they are introducing new vocabulary and concepts.” Thank you Rosie for sharing that.
  • Intervention Planning: Review the Intervention Plan for asking “when“ questions. Plan to complete 1 or 2 activities this month from this plan.
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Read the book about the special things you do during a Passover Seder. The book is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144. (Link to PASSOVER SEDER in April TME.)
  • Pittsburgh Language Seminar Series: Check your calendars to see whether or not you can attend one of the upcoming seminar series. April 17-19 features Marilyn Buzolich as the guest speaker and May 22-24 features Gail Van Tatenhove. June will be the last of the seminars until they start up again in September 2012. All of these seminars are provided free of charge, with meals and lodging provided. To register, contact Renee McGough immediately at 412-885-8541 or email her at
  • Announcements: Don’t forget to register for the ISAAC conference!
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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