Music, Manipulatives and AAC I had a summer school student who uses the “Words for Life” app on an iPad to communicate. He was especially motivated by music, so I used “Five Little Monkeys Swinging From the Tree” to work on core words such as “want,” “play,” “eat” and “go.” I paired the ... Glimpses
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Music, Manipulatives and AAC
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  • —Kari Radovich, MS, CCC-SLP
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Glimpses   |   August 01, 2015
Music, Manipulatives and AAC
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.20082015.8
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.20082015.8
I had a summer school student who uses the “Words for Life” app on an iPad to communicate. He was especially motivated by music, so I used “Five Little Monkeys Swinging From the Tree” to work on core words such as “want,” “play,” “eat” and “go.” I paired the games Jumpin’ Monkeys and Crocodile Dentist with the song, because hands-on manipulatives are so motivating for kids!
After each line of the song, we formed a sentence using the iPad. I started by modeling “He want eat” and after just one model, my student started using that sentence independently to feed the crocodile. After several rounds, he spontaneously used different sentence combinations, adding words such as “more,” “some” and “good” to form three-, four- and five-word sentences.
By using high-frequency core words rather than activity-specific vocabulary, he could make a wider variety of sentence combinations and use more novel words that he wanted to say (the monkeys tasted “good”), rather than words that I thought he might want to say. It was a great session, and I can’t wait to use music and AAC with more students this fall.
About me: I am a speech-language pathologist working with preschoolers for a school district in the Kansas City, Kansas, metro area, and the author of the Rock Chalk Speech Talk blog (www.rockchalkspeechtalk.com). I love the University of Kansas Jayhawks, and I am also partial to coffee, crafts, puppies and polka dots!
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