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?

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!


Leave a Reply

Latest Post

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Privacy by SafeUnsubscribe