Amazing Speaking Dynamically Tools Utilized in High School Special Education Classroom.Report as inadecuate

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This paper describes how Alameda High School in California is using the Speaking Dynamically Pro v2.0 software by Mayer-Johnson to help 13 special education students (ages 14-18) communicate and make the world more accessible. The students have a range of disabilities and skill levels. This computer program enables the students to make choices, convey needs, and have experiences with people in the community that they were unable to communicate with before. The school has developed over 300 communication boards on the Speaking Dynamically Pro v2.0 program for these students. The boards are divided into six main areas: restaurants and food, community businesses, a math game, computer software and game choices, journal writing, and free-time activity choices. The development of the boards was based on the classroom's schedule and curriculum. Boards were created which involved school and community experiences. Also included are conversations or interactions that students would commonly have while in places of business such as the bank, post office, or library. The boards can be used to role-play conversations and interactions, and increase vocabulary and word recognition, as well as familiarize the students with the functions of community businesses. (CR)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, High Schools, Interpersonal Communication, School Community Relationship, Special Education, Vocabulary Development, Word Recognition

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Author: Robinson, Deann A.; Attix, Gerald V.


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