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Ms. Ellis from Hawthorne CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture This! Using Pictures to Communicate

My students need a color printer and ink for rich visual supports, velcro for adapted learning materials and communication books, and a voice output device to give them a voice!

  • $1,158 goal

This project expired on January 2, 2016.

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My Students

Albert Einstein once said, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” My speech therapy and special needs students definitely have special skills which make them geniuses in my eyes. However, some have very limited or no expressive language skills.

All too often, my students are seen for what they can’t do rather than for all they can.

As a speech-pathologist, I have the unique challenge and special privilege of determining and providing the appropriate supports that give these students a voice and the opportunity to show all they CAN do! My project is to help my students prove that they should not be underestimated! I want to create visual supports and utilize visual strategies throughout the year to help my students better understand rules and expectations, effectively engage in the daily routine, more easily transition throughout their day, communicate expressively, better understand learning material, communicate socially, and decrease the frustration and negative behaviors associated with not understanding and not being able to be understood.

My Project

My students need a color printer and ink for rich visual supports, velcro for adapted learning materials and communication books and a voice output device to give them a voice! Modifications and adaptations to the classroom and curriculum, as well as individualized communication supports, are necessary to ensure student success but also require additional resources, supplies, and materials. In a school with limited budget/resources, these supplies are not readily, if at all, available. My students are bright, inquisitive and learn by seeing, listening, and doing! They like to interact and participate. They have opinions about what they like (and don’t like) and want you to know when they are happy, confused, bored, etc. Vibrant visuals, adapted learning materials they can manipulate, pictures to help them communicate, pictures to help them know what to expect next in their day… will help my students better understand and be understood!

With use of these materials, I can create the following (specific to the needs of the student/classroom): Picture cards/symbols for vocabulary -Picture cards/symbols throughout the classroom labeling/providing environmental vocabulary -Choice boards -Adapted learning material (flapbooks/interactive books and learning materials) -Visual Schedules -Visual Directions/Visual Sequences -Behavior charts/boards -Communication books -Communication boards/and communication device overlays -Social Stories.

Ms. Ellis
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AbleNet SuperTalker Progressive Communicator • Nasco $412.00 1 $412.00
HP - 951 3-Pack Ink Cartridges - Cyan/Magenta/Yellow • Best Buy Education $50.42 2 $100.84
HP - Officejet Pro 8610 e-All-in-One Wireless All-In-One Printer - Black • Best Buy Education $142.71 1 $142.71
Velcro 3/4" Dots Combo Pack Velcro Tape Clear, 200/Case • $33.99 4 $135.96
HP - 950XL High-Yield Ink Cartridge - Black • Best Buy Education $16.74 2 $33.48

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