Hopefully, absence makes the heart grow fonder--at least I hope so in my blogging relationship with my readers.
In August, after being retired from speech pathology for seven months, I took a job as a part-time deaf education teacher for my school system. I hadn't worked in the deaf education field since the early '80s, so needless to say, anxiety about the whole job thing crept in incessently day and night, and it took a while to convince myself that I actually was compentent, and could actually do good things with my little crew, ranging from age 3 to age 13 (I'm itinerant so I don't see them in one classroom--I go to four schools). Life is an adventure, but for my hearing impaired kids, it truly is adventurous, with over half being from other countries--Guatemala, Philipines, and Iran. I can't imagine the resilience it takes to being moved to another country in middle school and having to learn both American Sign Language and English, while your home and former languages were completely different. Hats off to all of them! You students have my undying admiration. I wish I could highlight them here with beautiful pictures and biographies, but my readers will only be left to imagine. They will be kept private, as they would want to be, as you and I want to be (except I do blog, so I choose not to be so private :)
So, now that I've settled into my new job, I returned to my love for augmentative communication, core vocabulary, and aided language stimulation. Here's a packet for helping students learn basic core vocabulary "LOOK" and "GO". Although most of my hearing impaired children use either speech or some form of sign language as their primary means of communication, I have a few extra special children that benefit from an emphasis on core vocabulary, with their communication augmented by symbol use.
This is a literacy/activity pack to go
with the core words “look” and “go”. Core vocabulary words are the most
frequently used words by children, and are essential for any augmentative
communication system. This
pack meant for the more linguistically challenged students and is perfect for
speech/special education collaboration. This is nice for integrating literacy and
language activities. Clip art is from
Smarty Symbols, and is copyrighted. Use
the core 36 location board on page 33 to model the words, or use one the
student already has.
“Look at Them Go” Interactive Book--pages 3-12
Icons for the “Look at Them Go” book– page 13
“Let’s Go Here” interactive book–pages 14-22
Icons for “Let’s Go Here” –page 23
“Green Means Go” craft Directions book –pages 24-29
Communication Board for craft—page 30
“Look Up! What do you see?” directions and checklist—pages 31-32
Sample 36 location core vocabulary communication board—page 33
activities –page 34
Go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to check out the preview and to purchase if you wish. If you have extra special students who are struggling with core vocabulary, you may wish to consider this purchase. As usual, if you are a starving CF, or struggling financially, email me at email@example.com for a copy of this product.
Enjoy your fall weather. It's been warm in NC. I want the leaves to turn.