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1 FDLRS Institute on Technology & Student Achievement September 2007 A Framework for Using Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Systems to Participate in Math Activities FDLRS ATEN Regional Centers

2 Presentation Goals Introduce Communication Implementation Framework Demonstrate student lessons using the communication action plan

3 Framework Vocabulary AAC Systems Access Points Communication Partners

4 AAC SYSTEMS Use AAC Systems to support participation during math activities Position & Access Lo tech to high tech tools Communication partner

5 Position Seating Visibility Comfort Lighting Access Direct selection Scanning Switch access Position & Access

6 Hierarchy of low, mid and high tech tools Low Tech to High Tech Tools Handout: Handout: Dedicated Voice Output Communication Aids

7 Provide communication opportunities Recognize communication attempts Provide communication tools Teach communication strategies Communication Partners

8 Access Points Demonstrate math activities around the Sunshine State Standards (SSS) access points. Define and locate access points Who were access points developed for? Access points, alternate assessment and AYP Communication Action Plan Demonstrate Communication Action Plan for math activities based on SSS access points

9 A restatement of the SSS benchmark that Captures the core intent of the benchmark Describes a different level of complexity The SSS benchmark is the same across grade levels The same skill is applied to materials of increasing difficulty level. Accommodations (not stated – are provided) What is an Access Point?

10 Access points were developed with three levels of complexity for students to ensure that all, even those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, have access to the Sunshine State Standards. The three levels of complexity are Independent, Supported, and Participatory. FL DOE Why Access Points?

11 Sunshine State Standards for Mathematics

12 Students with severe cognitive disabilities Who were access points developed for?

13 Only ESE students with significant cognitive disabilities (who meet FCAT exemption criteria) should be tested on alternate assessment. Access points and alternate assessment

14 Failure to test students on statewide alternate assessment will impact your schools AYP and may contribute to your District being slighted on the standard performance plan indicators which could ultimately lead to loss of funding. Access Points & AYP

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16 Handout

17 SSS Benchmark Sample Handout

18 Communication Action Plan for math activities based on SSS access points

19 Handout

20 Do top of sample info bring in new one Handout

21 Communication Partners Demonstrate strategies that communication partners use to direct the language learning experience for AAC Provide communication opportunities Recognize communication attempts Provide communication tools Teach communication strategies

22 Materials available Communication Devices Environmental arrangement Social networks Opportunities

23 Recognize communication attempts Acknowledge action Formal and Informal signals Observable student behavior Gestures Vocalizations Eye Gaze Attempts

24 Provide communication tools Attention getter Backup systems available Multiple systems Tools

25 AAC Topic Setting Musselwhite, 2001 Initiate conversation Select a topic Promote multiple turns Enhance partner training Handout Strategies: Topic Setting

26 Can We Chat? Scaffolding Conversations for Struggling AAC Users Burkhart &Musselwhite, 2001 Communication Agendas or Social Purposes Increase cognitive engagement Information transfer Social closeness Strategies: Social Scripts Handout

27 Fostering Emergent Literacy for Children Who Require AAC Light & Kent-Walsh, 2003 Model use of AAC system while reading text Pause and wait Respond appropriately to attempts Print accessible Early access to computers Access to AAC systems within literacy activities Handout Strategies: Emergent Literacy

28 Vocabulary Normal language development is the foundations for building generative language with a child using AAC strategies Van Tatenhove

29 Language Functions & Early Generative Language Van Tatenhove, 2005 Conventions of communication Establish math vocabulary needed Handout Guide for vocabulary selection

30 Ask questions Provide information Request: wants & needs Comments: social closeness/etiquette Conventions of Communication

31 Sample boardmaker symbols for math Math Vocabulary Handout

32 RequestProvide Information Ask Questions Make Comments Action Words MeVille to WeVille MoreThats wrong Whats the answer? Awesome!Count I need helpSameIs that right? Your turnSort I need a counter Long/ShortHow much does it cost? Thats dumbMatch Handout Vocabulary

33 Grades K – 8 Lenore/Janet Participatory Grades 9 – 12 Beth Supported Grades 9 – 12 Rena/Frank Independent Demonstrations

34 Handout

35 Handout

36 Action Plan: 9 th Grade, Independent Devices and Software: Vanguard AAC system, Picture Word Power Software Dell Laptop with SOLO and PASS math lesson Using Vanguard, open a math lesson on the computer and read and write about the lesson Communication Action Plan 9 th Grade: Working with Integers

37 Communication Action Plan AAC & Math Standard: ALGEBRA BODY OF KNOWLEDGE Standard 1: Real and Complex Number Systems Action Plan

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39 MA.912.A.1.In.a MA.912.A.1.In.a Identify and use equivalent forms of fractions, such as halves, fourths, thirds, sixths, eighths, tenths, and sixteenths; decimals to the hundredths place; and percents, such as 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 33%, and 67%, using visual and numerical representation in real-world situations. MA.912.A.1.In.b MA.912.A.1.In.b Identify examples of positive and negative whole numbers in real-world situations. Access Points

40 SOLO Software PASS Math Lesson AAC Device SET UP

41 Vanguard using Picture Word Power Software Device: Prentke Romich Company: Devices Software: Inman Innovations: Picture Word Power AAC System, Vocabulary & Keyboard Emulation Software

42 Dell Lap Top SOLO software (Don Johnston Company) PASS Math Lessons Computer & Software

43 Algebra Body of Knowledge Unit 2: Working with Integers PASS Lesson

44 Brainstorming Action Plan with SSS

45 Thank you from Rena, Frank, Janet, Lenore and Beth Thank you from Rena, Frank, Janet, Lenore and Beth Presentation & Handouts located at


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