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Being nonverbal does not mean that you don't have the capability to express your needs, wants, and ideas. It means you need assistive devices to use expressive language. Unfortunately, many nonverbal children are just given something to engage with instead of having a choice. Also, a nonverbal student can become part of what I call "the scenery" during a group activity because he or she sits there without a way to communicate and engage. Having a Go Talk device will allow a non verbal student to voice his or her choice and to also engage in activities such as answering questions, forming opinions, leading morning circle, etc. I have used other strategies such as picture cards and various computer programs. But many times the tablets are outdated and don't function or the picture cards aren't motivating. Having an actual communication tool that provides a voice or a sound motivates that nonverbal student to want to engage. These devices can also aid in increasing verbal responses. The Go Talks will be used to identify objects in a lesson, answer questions, give an opinion (an example: if the student liked the recipe the class cooked) or choose a preferred activity. These devices will also be used to participate in morning circle by telling the weather, lunch choice, or stating todays date. These devices will be used for future nonverbal students as well. I am excited to see how my students will react to using these devices and I thank you for helping to give my students a voice.

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Being nonverbal does not mean that you don't have the capability to express your needs, wants, and ideas. It means you need assistive devices to use expressive language. Unfortunately, many nonverbal children are just given something to engage with instead of having a choice. Also, a nonverbal student can become part of what I call "the scenery" during a group activity because he or she sits there without a way to communicate and engage. Having a Go Talk device will allow a non verbal student to voice his or her choice and to also engage in activities such as answering questions, forming opinions, leading morning circle, etc. I have used other strategies such as picture cards and various computer programs. But many times the tablets are outdated and don't function or the picture cards aren't motivating. Having an actual communication tool that provides a voice or a sound motivates that nonverbal student to want to engage. These devices can also aid in increasing verbal responses. The Go Talks will be used to identify objects in a lesson, answer questions, give an opinion (an example: if the student liked the recipe the class cooked) or choose a preferred activity. These devices will also be used to participate in morning circle by telling the weather, lunch choice, or stating todays date. These devices will be used for future nonverbal students as well. I am excited to see how my students will react to using these devices and I thank you for helping to give my students a voice.

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