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Monday, October 1, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 58

October 01, 2012

  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Pixons are single meaning pictures that you can use to help teach Unity® icon sequences. The word for this week is “have”. Compare the Pixon of the hand holding money to the Unity icon of money. Teach the meaning of the word “have” in the context of having money. Then work on de-contextualization of the word “have” by using it in different contexts (e.g., have other things, have an idea, etc.).
  • Intervention Planning: Thank you to Christina Dal Santo, Annette O’Connor, and Malia Vigil for the Intervention Plan for teaching the core verb “have”. Use it with a PowerPoint show they developed called Tommy’s Party and a PDF book called Things I Have.
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: October is right around the corner. You can ask questions and learn about Columbus Day with the book Christopher Columbus. The book is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.
  • Unity® Teaching App: Have parents, teachers, and therapists practice the patterns of Unity® using a new app from TapSpeak called Practicing Unity® Patterns. PUP is available through iTunes for $29.99.>
  • 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.


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