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Friday, June 15, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 51

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June 15, 2012
  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Provide a hands-on experience to teach the Pixon for “what”. The Pixon features a TV with a red question mark on the screen. Print out the Pixon for “what” along with pictures for various TV shows that are popular or preferred by the person. Size the pictures of the TV shows to fit onto the screen of the TV on the Pixon picture. Talk about “what” you like to watch, adding the picture of the show to the TV. This activity helps focus on both the idea of “what” and question mark, which is featured in the picture. Expand the context of the word “what” to talk about what is happening (verbs) or what products might be promoted in the commercials (nouns). Further de-contextualize the meaning of “what” outside of TV watching activities (e.g., what to eat, what to do after school, etc.)

  • Intervention Planning: Create more communication opportunities this week to encourage your person using Minspeak to ask “what” questions, combining “what” with an action word or noun (e.g., what time, what thing, what do, what see, what want).

  • Teaching Materials Exchange: June is the month to remember our fathers. Use the Father’s Day book and read it with your dad! The book is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.

  • Pittsburgh Language Seminar Series: The next seminar series is in September (11th-13th) and features Caroline Musselwhite as the guest speaker. October (16-18) will feature Gail Van Tatenhove. Registration is limited to 25 people. To register, contact Renee McGough at 412-885-8541 x105 or 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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