Give choices for making choices! There are several ways you can mix and match display options, devices, symbol and messages to help young children find ways to communicate.
Choice is key
Children make choices throughout the day: from what to wear, to eat, or who/what to play with is based on their interests and what they want at the time. Making choices is an important part of development. Make sure to provide choices in ways that children can understand and start whenever opportunities arise. AT supports help everyone to clearly understand a child’s choice!
Try using objects
Which toy do you want?
Attach toys to a board
Place hook Velcro on each toy; use a veltex covered board or a board with a hook Velcro strip
The child grasps the toy that he wants
Photos are great, too
Are you hungry? What would you like to eat?
Select photos of familiar foods
Use a cardboard mat frame to display the photo choices
The child can look, point or touch his/her choice
Or use symbols
What song do you like?
Attach symbols to communication devices or areas
Record a song or finger play on each device
The child presses the selected symbol to hear the song
Sometimes, an app can help
What do you want to play with?
Use a tablet app such as Go Talk Now
Create areas that include a list of favorite songs, next song, last song and play now.
The child touches the picture of the music choice that he wants and controls the activity.
Supports in the Lending Library:
Some AT items and apps available in our LP Lending Library that can support choice making include: