Book-Reading AAC Activity
Description: We all know how important it is to do literacy work with our clients. However, sometimes we lack the resources to really be able to engage our non-verbal children or children with severe autism into book-reading activities. This basic AAC board can be a great way to try to grab more engagement for children who aren’t verbal yet. Choose a developmentally appropriate book to read with the child and think through some of the ways you might be able to use a simple AAC board like this with the child. If the child isn’t used to AAC, you can start with just one or two pictures and cover up the rest. My favorite is “turn page”. That’s a great way for a child who can’t really participate much to feel like they’re a part of the activity. Just stop between each page and ask them if they’re ready for you to turn the page. Help them point to the correct picture to initiate the page turn. You can also talk about the emotions of the characters and help the child engage with the story by telling the characters to stop and go or saying if they like or don’t like parts. You can download our Book-Reading AAC board using the link below, or make your own!
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