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Published: 09/11/2017 03:22 PM
Communication is a two-part interaction to exchange information. For someone to send information, there must be a speaker and a listener. But being a good communication partner for an AAC user is more than just simply listening, you must provide support in multiple ways to help promote successful interactions. The success of an AAC user’s communication is greatly influenced by how their communication partner interacts with and responds to them.
There are many things you can do to become a good communication partner including:
Model appropriate use if the device. Use your voice along with Snap + Core First when speaking to the learner
Model as you explore vocabulary and correcting mistakes. Use the Search feature when you are unable to find vocabulary.
Provide a positive communication environment.
Look for and celebrate success. It comes in many forms such as increased attention to interaction, initiation of communication, use of more vocabulary, longer interactions, use of more tools or pages, greater enjoyment of interactions, and ore independence in communication
These skills can help you become a better communication partner for your loved one. Improving upon your own skills can also help your partner to become a more independent and happy communicator.