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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 Communication Partners
Framework AAC Systems Access Points Vocabulary 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 & Access Position Access Seating Visibility Comfort Lighting
Direct selection Scanning Switch access

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

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

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

9 What is an Access Point? 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)

10 Why Access Points? “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

11 Sunshine State Standards for Mathematics

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

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

14 Access Points & AYP 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.



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

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 Opportunities Materials available Communication Devices
Environmental arrangement Social networks

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

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

25 Strategies: Topic Setting
AAC Topic Setting Musselwhite, 2001 Initiate conversation Select a topic Promote multiple turns Enhance partner training Topic setting: discourse important as topic initiation promotes power and conversation control Handout

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

27 Strategies: Emergent Literacy
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

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

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

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

31 Sample boardmaker symbols for math
Math Vocabulary Sample boardmaker symbols for math Handout

32 Vocabulary Request Provide Information Ask Questions Make Comments
Action Words MeVille to WeVille More That’s wrong What’s the answer? Awesome! Count I need help Same Is that right? Your turn Sort I need a counter Long/Short How much does it cost? That’s dumb Match Handout

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

34 Handout

35 Handout

36 Communication Action Plan 9th Grade: Working with Integers
Action Plan: 9th 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

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


39 Access Points 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 Identify examples of positive and negative whole numbers in real-world situations.

40 SET UP SOLO Software PASS Math Lesson AAC Device

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

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

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

44 Brainstorming Action Plan with SSS

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

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