Website links, activity ideas, and other information from the Assistive Technology department as resources for the people we serve.
Social Stories for Understanding COVID-19.
Social Stories for Hand Washing.
Social Stories for Understanding Social Distancing.
Printable Communication Board for Medical Needs
Dealing with Stress
Step for Putting on a Face Mask
There are a variety of resources that you can go to find additional information regarding COVID19. These are a few:
Use the links below to help pass the time while at home. Turn this time of social distancing into a time to connect and support your loved one with developmental disabilities.
Zoom Set Up –
Zoom is an app that can be downloaded to video chat with several people at a time. This is the format most people are using this time to meet with Support Coordinators, therapists, etc. Here is a simple guide to set up Zoom on a tablet, phone, or computer by Scattered Solutions.
Turn on Closed Captions
Most streaming services provide options for turning on subtitles or closed captioning. This is a great tool to use to increase awareness of words and build literacy. It is also an accessibility tool used for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Turn Technology Use into Teaching Time
Take this opportunity to sit together! Practice how to search online by spelling what you what to watch, listen to, shop for, or research.
- Use this tip from AAC Intervention on how to support spelling using QWERTY letter board.
- Hop on to our Symbaloo Site. We use this in our program rooms to share educational websites for our members. Each ’tile’ is a direct link to a website! Here is a video to show you how to use it!
- Try this site to learn how to type! Dance Mat Typing
AAC at Home
Being stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t communicate! This is a great opportunity to learn your son or daughter’s communication device! There are a TON of great and FREE resources surging online right now!
AAC Language Lab is a subscription based resource for ALL device users, which is usually $20/year. In response to the pandemic, the AAC Language LAb is FREE for 2 months! On this site, you can find the BRICS (Building Relationships and Independence through Communication Supports) curriculum. This curriculum is focused on teen and adult AAC users to become more proficient in their communication. Also, check out their YouTube Channel for fun videos to implement AAC at home!
AAC Community Resources
These resources have been published by Tech Owl from the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
AZ Talks Together Facebook group. This is a private group created by AAC users from Gompers and Valley Life. We are connecting over Zoom every few weeks to stay connected. Search for the group on Facebook and ask to join!
Tech Owl strikes again with a full list (with links) of printable paper-based communication boards. If you do not have access to a communication device at home, these are GREAT alternatives to keep language learning and voices being heard!