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What can I do to support literacy using a NOVA chat?

Session 
P.08
Poster
  • Meghan Conover (Saltillo Corporation)
Summary

"But my student can't talk, how do we expect them to read and write?!" Can an AAC device really assist in developing literacy? Communication and literacy are directly connected. By increasing the skills for one, we enhance the learning for the other skill. In this presentation, learn about features of the NOVA chat that will increase the use of the device in an academic environment.

Method/Activities/Techniques

Using keyboards, story templates and core vocabulary we will explore ways for students to develop writing skills, engage in shared reading and expand vocabulary.

Results/Findings

Specific software features in an AAC device can help expand the students literacy skills in the classroom by providing access and motivation.

Conclusions

Students using AAC devices can often be successful in a one on one therapy environment but trying to integrate the device into an academic setting can be difficult. Using additional software tools can be helpful in increasing the use of AAC devices in this environment.

Level of Session 
General
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Primary school
Special school
Transitions