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Intro to AAC: Expressive Reporting Product Review

I had the opportunity to try out one of SpeechPage‘s newest products, Intro to AAC: Expressive Reporting.

This is a colorful product that comes pre-laminated and pre-cut, which is a huge timesaver.

This product has a unique feature: moveable parts! “Doors” can swing open via the velcro attachments.

I felt like this product enabled me to target a variety of language goals, beyond simple requesting. We targeted stating the location of objects using simple prepositions such as “in”. (If your student demonstrates confusion with the idea of “in”, you might want to start with placing the pictures inside a small container or sensory bin first).

We used this packet to work on asking (and answering) simple “where” questions.

We also worked on using directives in therapy. For example, the student directed me to “Put it (object) in”.

Extension Ideas:

Here are a list of other ways you might be able to use this packet in therapy:

The child can request assistance using the word “help” in order to open or close movable doors. You can also model the word “help” if the child you’re working with needs prompting with sorting tasks.

The child can request recurrence by asking for “more” of any item in a certain category.

The child can comment on the disappearance of the item when the ‘door’ is closed (“It’s gone!”).

You and the child can discuss if you “like” certain foods or not using the picture cards provided.

You can target adjectives with the cards. Discuss the taste or smell of food items. Talk about how the clothes are “dirty” before you place them in the washing machine, and then talk about how “clean” they are after you close the door and pretend to wash them. Discuss the different colors of all the items.

Work on simple verbs. Talk about how food can “turn” in the microwave or “go” in the washing machine.

Work on simple grammatical concepts or a variety of sentence structures. Work on regular plural -s (one cup, two cups), relative pronouns (“this” or “that”), irregular past tense verbs (“Yum! I ATE the burger!”) and conjunctions (“I see crackers AND bread”). Simple sentence forms you could work on include noun + is + adjective (The pizza is hot!”) or noun + is + preposition (“The pizza is IN the microwave”).

In conclusion, I felt that this product was an efficient way to target multiple goals in my therapy session. Because it is laminated, it is durable and also easy to clean. The cards are colorful and would also be great additions to sensory bins.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for a blog review. All opinions expressed within this article are true, honest, and my own. In addition, I have utilized the following AAC apps in my pictures: LAMP and Tobii Dynavox Compass. These are apps that I have on my personal iPad, and were used simply for demonstration purposes, not with the intent of promoting one AAC app/ device over another.

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