AAC, Materials

Interactive Visuals for Commenting, Asking, and Answering Questions

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I don’t know about you, but I work with A TON of beginner communicators who benefit from the use of AAC. I kept finding that I was spending so much time on making visuals for commenting and requesting. I wanted a way to expand the length and type of utterances my kiddos used so I created this product! Since I created it and began using it, it has saved me so so so much time because I no longer have to reinvent the wheel each time I need a visual. I created a binder and keep all of the visuals in there, organized by increasing difficultly (MLU) starting with 2 word utterances up to 4 word utterances, and then to answering personal questions using 5-6 words to answer (e.g., My favorite animal is a dog).

Check out the goodness of this packet below:

The packet is divided into four major sections. First, there are interactive visuals for describing and requesting. The pages of this section, once assembled, look like the picture below:

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You’ll notice that there is a sentence strip along the top (I printed these on different colored cardstock to make them stand out), and removable icons on the bottom of the page.

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The sentence strip can be removed so your kiddos can hand it to you!

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What I love about this product is you can customize each page including the number of words on the sentence strip. You can mix and match everything! See how the same page can be used with both a 2 and 3 word sentence strip below:

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I have included sentence strips up to 4 words so your kiddos can practice using descriptors as well:

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Below is an example of another page with many common descriptors:

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And this is how I set up the sentence strips so they are removable and interchangeable:

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The next section targets asking and answering personal questions. If you can’t stand the thought of cuttig out squares and Velcro anymore (I’ve been there) I’ve included two versions. One is interactive and one is not for easy prep!

The picture below is an example of an interactive page. The question is along the top line, and the sentence strip to answer is along the bottom:

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Here is the same page, but the non-interactive (and super easy prep) version:

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And below are two more examples of these question pages:

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The next section of the binder includes tons and tons of sentence strips.

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I like to keep these on a binder ring and pop out the ones that I need for various activities:

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The last section of the binder includes optional cards for use with the commenting pages.

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I keep these in a plastic container that goes in my favorite storage box. This makes the cards super easy to grab and go!

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If you are interested in checking out this product, click here to see it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I am constantly adding pages to it as I think of questions/comments!

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    Stephanie
    September 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    I love this. I’d really love to use the visual strips! I could use those every day with my moderate room students!

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    April S
    September 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I would use it all! Most of my caseload are non-verbal, AAC beginners and this fits them perfectly!!!

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    Kathleen
    September 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Hi – I really like the ring of sentence / question strips. Using these routinely should help my students who are both non-verbal and very language delayed interact and eventually use spontaneously. You have great categories already – a suggestion would be to include popular pre-k TV shows. I find that all the students in the integrated pre-k start interacting when those pictures are available for conversation. 🙂

  4. Reply
    Valerie
    September 25, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    This would be a great resource!

  5. Reply
    Deborah K
    September 25, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I would use the describing & requesting piece most. GreT tool!

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    Eileen Frederick
    September 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    I would love any party of this! I would use the interactive visuals for describing and requesting section, especially because you have lots of animal pictures. I work with one little guy who loves his animals. This year he has begun to imitate words and actually follow one step directions. We are all so excited by his progress and look forward to even seeing more growth!

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    Melanie
    September 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    I love the asking questions section! There are rarely materials that support asking questions. The visual supports look great and easy to work with! I my students would really enjoy them!

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    Shara Kuehl
    September 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    This is an amazing packet that can be used to facilitate language expression and motivate students to use their language. I love that it is do versatile. I would use all of it but definitely see myself using the sentence strips most because I can use in speech therapy to work on target words at the sentence level.

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    Allison @ Homemade Speech
    October 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Awesome! Just what I need for my ECSE classes! Now to buy pounds of Velcro…

  10. Reply
    Gary T. Hardeman
    January 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Great Site! So much GREAT info!

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    Gillian
    October 1, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Would love to hear your suggestion for velcro for this product! Any that work better than others in your experience? 🙂

    1. Reply
      Shannon
      October 4, 2017 at 8:29 AM

      I buy my Velcro on Amazon! This is what I bought last time and so far, so good! http://amzn.to/2fQ5KhK

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        Gillian
        October 4, 2017 at 10:42 PM

        Thank you! I bought velcro that looks similar to that, but because my lamination is super thin, it seems like I need a “thinner” velcro piece, if that makes sense!

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