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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 50

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May 30, 2012
  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Provide a hands-on experience to teach the Pixon or Unity single meaning picture for “who”. Create a simple paper mask out of a paper plate. Print out a Full Page “who” Pixon picture, trim it and glue it to the paper plate. Add a string to wear the mask or attach a hand-held stick to hold it. Have different people wear the mask and have the Pixon user ask “who is it.” This activity helps focus on both the idea of “person” and question mark, which is featured in the picture.

  • Intervention Planning: Create more communication opportunities this week to encourage your person using Minspeak to ask “who” questions, combining “who” with an action word, (e.g., who help, who make, who go, who come).

  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Celebrate Flag Day with a book that asks 7 questions about this holiday. This books is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.

  • Pittsburgh Language Seminar Series: There are only a few slots open for the June 19-21 seminars which will feature presentations by Seminar Alumni. The next seminar series will be in September (11th-13th) and features Caroline Musselwhite as the guest speaker. All of these seminars are provided free of charge, with meals and lodging provided. To register, contact Renee McGough immediately at 412-885-8541 x105 or email her at

  • Announcements: Don’t miss out on a Great Opportunity to attend pre-conferences at the ISAAC conference. A presentation on Core Vocabulary and LAMP are features of the pre-conference schedule.
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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