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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 60

October 30, 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 “put”. Compare the Pixon to the icon sequence . Teach the meaning of the word “put” starting in the context of putting things into a chest or box. Then extend the meaning of “put” by putting things in other containers, putting on clothes, putting dishes on the table, etc.
  • Intervention Planning: Thank you to Christina Dal Santo, Annette O’Connor, and Malia Vigil for the Intervention Plan for teaching the core verb “put”. Use it with an animated PowerPoint show they developed called Put: Containers Show or a PDF book called Put: Containers Book..
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: The Veterans Day book quizzes your knowledge of this national holiday. 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. Go to the Minspeak website to check out the 2012-2013 schedule and download the registration materials.

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