For some children the spoken word is not their usual method of communication and they may access Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies.
The communicate packs provide a range of low-tech communication (AAC) strategies that enable children and young people to ‘have a voice’. They are able to use the resources to express their thoughts and opinions, say how they are feeling and have their needs met. By encouraging and teaching communication in a variety of contexts we enable a child to develop autonomy and independence, regardless of their ability to communicate verbally.
Resources include: the core board, the choice board, travel boards and visual timetables.
Aided Language Boards
An aided language board is simple AAC strategy made up of a series of picture symbols on a board. The child points to picture symbols of their choice to indicate what they want to say and the child’s communication partner speaks aloud what the child means.
Our aided language boards use the colour-coding from the colourful sentences activity, as seen in the Rainbow Speakers packs. This means children can make a smooth transition to working on extended oral language.
Aided language boards can be general or specific to a topic and can range in complexity and the amount of language they offer.
Visual timetables help give a child an understanding of time, when key events happen and what you are expecting of them. Visual timetables are simply a series of visuals (picture symbols) that represent events or activities that will happen in a defined period of time. These are presented in sequence to the child. Children are prepared for each activity and understand when a transition from one activity to another is required. Once an event or activity is finished the child removes the matching symbol and moves on to the next on the timetable.