eBooks For Children Using AAC Devices
Language and Literacy are related. Young children enjoy having books read to them. As children begin to develop literacy skills, they often like to show off their new skills and read to adults.
For children using an augmentative communication App or AAC device, reading an “off the shelf” book can be a challenge. Many of the words used within stories are not a part of a typical core word App. Parents, teachers and speech therapists need to either modify the book or add vocabulary to their core to support independent reading.
Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP authored two ebooks, both specifically created as a tool to enhance the language and literacy skills of individuals using the Gateway© augmentative communication App. For children using Gateway’s the Developing Language, all of the words used within the books can be found within the Gateway’s 5*8 location grid and higher. Even the names characters of each story (i.e., Muffin, the penguin and Vanilla, the Polar Bear) are a part of the Gateway core. As such, a user can independently read this book out loud without any modifications to the Gateway app. The Gateway augmentative communication App is available as an in-App purchase for Assistiveware’s Proloquo2Go, Tobii Dynavox’s Compass App and Saltillo’s TouchChat App.
Speech-Language Pathologists, teachers, or parents can use these books to help children learn the content and location of vocabulary. They can also be used to address expressive language goals such as improving syntax and semantics.
These ebooks can be purchased directly through the iBook Store for use with Apple products (iPad, iPhone) or through Amazon.com to read on a Kindle device. Click on the book image below for additional information about each story or to purchase a copy of the book.