Useful Forms and Resources
To Aid in Customizing the Gateway Augmentative Communication App
- The Communication Environments – Home Form can be used to gather the necessary information to customize a child’s communication system. This form can be used for individuals using the Gateway augmentative communication App or other AAC option. It helps professionals and parents target the vocabulary that should be a part of an individual’s communication system.
- The Communication Environments – School Form can be used to assist teachers and SLP’s customize a student’s augmentative communication App or device and can guide device integration within the classroom.
All individuals who use an augmentative communication App or device can benefit from having access to a manual communication board either as their primary mode of communication or as a back-up to their high tech AAC device. To help clinicians new to designing communication boards, two sample boards are provided. These boards offer a framework for designing simple to complex manual boards for children with language delays and they can also be helpful for those working with children with autism, Down syndrome, and other language disorders.
- The Introductory Board presents a sample lexicon targeted for a 24-29 month level of expressive language performance. It uses the Fitzgerald Key format as the vocabulary organization format and contains the vocabulary needed for a child to be assessed using the Preschool Language Scale.
- The second example is a Tri-Fold communication Board. It presents a a beginning word board, designed in a Fitzgerald Key Format. The words are presented in a large font to help promote sight-word recognition. Small picture symbols accompany each word. The vocabulary on this board targets a child at the 36-40 month expressive language level. A board such as this may also be created solely using pictures symbols.