Do you ever feel like this? It is sometimes difficult to convince classroom teachers that it is necessary for kiddos to have access to their AAC device at all times. There are several factors that can lead teachers to believe that access is not essential. Sometimes it just falls to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list. Other times, people may think it is an appropriate “punishment” to take away a child’s device. Still other times, the child has used the device to self-stimulate and alienated listeners to the point that purposeful communication is ignored. These are just a few of the pitfalls associated with establishing functional, purposeful use of an AAC device within the classroom setting.
The first step to overcoming these ‘speed bumps’ is to identify the problem (or combination of problems). Once you know the WHY you can tackle the solution. Cindy sent this poster that can be printed (preferably on card stock), laminated (or covered in clear contact paper which lasts longer), and posted in classrooms as a visual reminder to help facilitate implementation of AAC devices in the classroom.
What road blocks have you encountered? What solutions have you found?