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Monday, September 17, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 57

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September 17, 2012

  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Pixons are single meaning pictures that are used on manual communication boards, but you can also use the Pixon for “go” to bridge to learning the Unity® icon sequence. Compare the Pixon of the green traffic light and green arrow to the Unity icon of the green traffic light and the frog going. Teach the meaning of the word “go” in the context of physical movement, then work on de-contextualization of the word “go” by using it in different contexts (e.g, make an object go and move, turn on something that “goes” but doesn’t actually physically move in space, etc.).
  • Intervention Planning: Thank you to Christina Dal Santo, Annette O’Connor, and Malia Vigil for the Intervention Plan for teaching the core verb “go”. Use it with a PowerPoint show they developed called Go! Go! Go! Go! to show “go” in action.
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Commemorate the start of autumn on September 22 with the book It's Autumn Again. The book is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.
  • Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series: Register TODAY for an upcoming seminar series. Registration is FULL for the September and October presentations. Go to the Minspeak website for more information and to register for an upcoming series.
  • Unity® App: PRC recently launched LAMP Words for Life™ for iPad, an App that combines the power of the Unity® program with the LAMP® principles and strategies. This powerful App is available through iTunes for $299.99.



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