My students need the Tiny Talkers to be able to have a voice. This book will help them understand how to use the device, and will provide equal opportunities for all students to have access.
I have two classes, enrolling between seven and nine children per class. Our classroom is set to use direct instruction for new skills learned. This means, that each lesson taught is individualized for each student. Students work one on one with myself, my paraprofessionals, my speech pathologist and my occupational therapist. Our program focuses on different areas of learning: receptive language (understanding spoken language), expressive language (using spoken or adaptive language), spontaneous language, functional routines (independence), pre-academics, and play and social interactions (playing with toys and playing with others). Our classroom environment is adapted to include visual accommodations in all areas.
My students think and learn a way that is different from students that are developing typically.
The students in our classroom are impacted by the characerisics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students in our classroom have delays in each of the learning areas listed above.
The Tiny Talker Book and device will be used as an alternative communication tool for my students who are not able to use expressive language independently. This book will be used to show students how to use the device, as well as to show that they are not the only students who may use a device like that. The device it self will be used to assist in teaching answering questions and making their needs know. Both the book and device will be supplements to our current curriculum, but will add a technology piece that we do not currently have. By having enough books and devices for everyone, we will be able to use them at school and have a carry over to home as well.
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