Practical Perspective: Single Message Start


Last month I shared the Communication Bill of Rights, so now that we all know that everyone has a right to communicate, you may be wondering “where do I start?”


I often talk with support teams about beginning with a single message and providing opportunities to share that message throughout the day. Perhaps the message is in response to the questions that are so often asked each day. For example, “How are you today?” or “How’s it going?” Be sure that the students in your classroom have a way to say, “I’m good,” or “I’m okay today.”

In another scenario, you may want the student to actively participate in a classroom reading activity. Consider programming the student's single message voice output device with a line from the storybook so that they may read that storyline with the class. Within that school day be sure to read the same book again to provide additional opportunities for utilizing their device. A different student could contribute to the reading activity by using their single message device by saying “turn the page."

For others, initiating an interaction may be the key, “I’m going to the big soccer game after school; are you?” Click on Attainment Company's Big Button below for more information about this great choice for easy access to a single message!

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