What is aided language input?
During aided language input, communication partners highlight symbols on the AAC system as they interact verbally with the person using AAC with a goal to teach language.
(Goosens, Crain, Elder, 1992, 1994)
Basically, you are using the device to talk to your child, just as you expect your child to use the device to talk to you and others.
How do I do it?
- Choose target words, and activate those words on the device, as you verbally say the sentence. when starting out, you do not need to say the whole sentence on the device. For example, "Let's GO to the park and PLAY on the slide." The words in capitals are the words that would be modeled on the device.
- Try not to focus on making modeling about giving directions or telling your child the schedule. Instead:
I LIKE that; I think it's FUNNY; I am BORED
WHAT do you want to do?; WHERE should we EAT lunch?
I do NOT want to GO; I DON"T like that
- Add words to what your child says. If your child say one word, add 2-3 words. For example, if you child says eat, model back "You LIKE to EAT THAT."
Stayed tuned for more specific strategies in using aided language input in next week's blog!