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1. Teach vocabulary using the representation mode(s) most familiar to the child (e.g. objects, pictures, tactile symbol, print, braille)

What to Do:

  • Determine the communication mode that the child uses most frequently
  • Show your child target vocabulary word using mode selected (object, picture, tactile symbol, print or braille)
  • Allow the child to explore the representation of the word
  • Repeat the word using the child’s preferred communication mode(s)
  • Create a word box containing the symbolic representation (object, picture, tactile symbol, print, braille)

Things to Consider:

  • Have you checked to be sure other adults are using the same representation mode consistently?
  • Are other adults using the same word rather than a synonym?
  • Is the mode you have chosen accessible across environments? Is the object or device portable and available?

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