Monday, May 22, 2017

Blueberry Cobbler, anyone?

I’ve just posted a Blueberry Cobbler Recipe on the Teachers Pay Teachers site.
This resource is available in three formats: Regular (no symbol-support), SymbolStix (n2y), and Picture Communication Symbols (Tobii/Dynavox).


Although this is an easy to assemble recipe, it does have many ingredients which can make the group lesson quite long. I typically pre-measure and pre-package many of the ingredients (‘cooking show’ style) to minimize the deadly ‘wait time’ that can cause a potentially great group activity to unravel.


When working in a school for students with physical disabilities, the Occupational Therapists were more than happy to work one-on-one with a student to pre-measure and package the ingredients for the class lesson (scheduled for later in the day). This strategy offered a host of functional fine motor opportunities … opening and closing containers, pouring, stabilizing with the non dominant hand, using both hands to open a zip lock bag, using an index finger to seal the zip lock bag, writing the contents on the zip lock bag. Depending upon the nature of the class, measured items can be packaged individually or combined, e.g., all the ‘dry' ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) assembled in one bag. During the actual group lesson the labeled bag provides an additional literacy opportunity for the group. 


Teachers also like to incorporate math in their lesson by creating a mystery jar/bowl of blueberries. A chart is used to document each student's guess inviting students to guess/predict how many blueberries are in the jar/bowl. The class would eventually count out the blueberries.  "There were 178 blueberries in the jar. Let's look at our prediction chart. Who had the closest number?"

The Blueberry Cobbler Animated Step-by-Step recipe pairs well with a variety of Blueberry themed picture books. 










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©2017 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Educator

Monday, May 15, 2017

Literacy Expert

It’s always fun to have a literacy expert look at your literacy resources and give you concrete suggestions for making them even better. This past week I had the pleasure of ‘hanging with’ Dr. Caroline Musselwhite … literacy expert and an all-round gem to the field of AAC and literacy.


In an earlier version of  the ASbyS Mystery Animals, I had filled in some of the letters in the ‘mystery animal words’. Caroline suggested that I omit the letters completely allowing teachers greater flexibility in using the pen tools of their interactive whiteboard to add letters in keeping with the needs of the class or the needs of an individual student in the class. For example, if her students are great at identifying the first letter/sound in a spoken word but are challenged by the task of identifying final sounds in a word, all the letters might be added except the final letter/sound. 







I also showed Caroline the B-I-N-G-O and Friends Song that I had created extending the ‘bingo verse’ to other farm animals with names such as W-I-N-N-Y, B-E-S-S-Y, K-I-T-T-Y and she suggested that I could extend that strategy to other sets of words as well. e.g., weather terms  (S-U-N-N-Y, C-L-OU-D-Y, R-A-I-N-Y, S-N-O-W-Y,  and F-O-G-G-Y, W-I-N-D-Y. Many thanks to the colleague who gave Caroline this original great idea. The final Animated Step-by-Step product is … B-I-N-G-O Weather!



Thank you Dr. Musselwhite, for all your creative ideas and for everything that you do for our field!

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©2017 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Educator