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Monday, October 15, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 59

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October 15, 2012

  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Pixons can be used as teaching materials for picturing the metaphors behind Unity® icon sequences. The word for this week is “look”. Compare the Pixon to the icon sequence . Teach the meaning of the word “look” by having the person request to “look” at hidden objects, pages in a book, etc.
  • Intervention Planning: Thank you to Christina Dal Santo, Annette O’Connor, and Malia Vigil for the Intervention Plan for teaching the core verb “look”. Use it with an animated PowerPoint show they developed called LOOK! and a PDF book called At The Park.
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Read Apple Picking by Debbie Witkowski to practice both asking questions and giving answers-plus a recipe for making apple crisp. Yum! 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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