Wanna Know How You Can Have A Conversation With Your Non-Verbal Child With Special Needs?

Wanna Know How You Can Have A Conversation With Your Non-Verbal Child With Special Needs?

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Do you ever wish you could just ask your child something simple about what happened at school, or wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a better way to include your non-verbal student in classroom discussions and activities?

One simple voice output device can do these things!  It’s called the Step by Step.  It’s a device that allows you to program a series of messages that can be easily accessed by physically challenged students.   Just think of the possibilities!!!

  1. Repeating lines in a children’s story book
  2. Verses to a song
  3. The Pledge of Allegiance
  4. Instructions for making simple snacks like popcorn
  5. Conversations with other non-verbal students
  6. Roll call for attendance
  7. Circle time activities
  8. Comments and opinions on a novel everyone is reading
  9. Assist teacher in giving spelling word test

For a complete list of ideas, take a look at my Resource Page on the website!

You’ll be surprised at how closely you can predict what a conversation partner will say during a simple exchange and you’ll LOVE how much your child will LOVE this new independence!

Take a look at the video and see how close you get to engaging in a nice little exchange with me as I play one half of a conversation on the Step by Step!

The Step by Step has been around for several years and is made by Ablenet.  They also make a version that has three levels so that you can pre-record three series of things that you can have ready to go. I mentioned in the video that it can program up to 75 seconds of material, but I need to correct that.  You can actually program up to two full minutes of material!!

I credit the Step by Step with helping me to show a young teenager with severe disabilities that she could actively participate in multiple activities with me.  The first time I expected her to “help me read” a story that I pre-programmed on the Step by Step, I just told her to “push the button” and let me hear her voice.  Then I waited.  She had always had someone do everything for her and now I was expecting her to do something.  I waited long enough and suddenly one day she pushed the button herself.  Her grandmother was in the room and said to me, “Did she do that?”  I put my hands in the air to show her that I was nowhere near the device.  Grandma started to cry.  An awesome moment!

Try a Step by Step with your non-verbal students and get creativeYou can open so many new and exciting doors to communication!

Carla

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