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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 56

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August 30, 2012

  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Provide a hands-on experience to teach the Pixon for “which”.
    The Pixon for “which” is a finder pointing at 2 question marks. This Pixon is NOT part of the original set of Pixon pictures. Download this new Pixon as a bmp picture and add it to your Pixon picture file. As your prop, make 2 red question marks. Do a choice making activity. Attach a red question mark to each object. Place one object to the right of your hand and 1 to the left while you ask “which one do you want.... this one (point) or this one (point)?”.

  • Intervention Planning: Create more communication opportunities to encourage your person using Minspeak to ask “which” questions (e.g. which one, which story, which snack).
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Use the book Labor Day to ask questions about the holiday. It is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.
  • Core Vocabulary Webinar: Gail Van Tatenhove will be doing a webinar entitled “Using Core Vocabulary in General Education Classrooms: Dealing with the Academic Vocabulary” on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 3:30 – 5:00 EST as part of the ATIA 2012 Online Webinar Series. Don’t miss this opportunity.
  • Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series: The next seminar series is September 11-13 and features Caroline Musselwhite as the guest speaker. October 16-18 will feature Gail Van Tatenhove. Go to the Minspeak website for more information and to register for an upcoming series.

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