I'm working with two occupational therapists this year, and also have a graduate student speech intern from UNC with me. We all came up with a beach theme for this week, and the first group of kids made jellyfish. Actually, they watched a short jellyfish video, made a jellyfish out of paper plates and streamers (did I mention that there is no budget for materials?), and then we all read a sea animals book. They did great--they used the word 'tentacles' and 'jellyfish', answered questions, filled in missing words, wrote their names, and cut with scissors perfectly!!! I can't wait to do this tomorrow with the next class. The next class has some children using more AAC, so we will add communication boards and Proloquo2Go to the mix.
These next shots are screen shots of the Pictello app for the iPad--used to make step by step jellyfish direcetions. Only a few of the steps are pictured here. There is also text-to-speech capabilities with this app. It's very nice!
|My biology major daughter advised me that jellyfish actually don't have eyes. Oh well!|
|The sweet boys!|
|A downloaded and adapted book from Tarheel Reader.|
|I took words out of the book---amazingly, they were able to fill in lots of them with no prompting!|
|Did I mention that Ms. Sandy is the teacher for this group? She's great!|