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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ask Snoopi - Getting Ready for Santa!

Ho Ho Ho!!

Hello and happy holidays. So far I haven't gotten any questions lately. So I thought for this month I want to help some of the kids that are going to tell someone something very important. It might be the most important thing in their entire year. I am all about public education and having a child actually communicate with their device educates everyone around them. If you don't know what the most important thing of the year is, it is telling Santa what you want for Christmas.

This might be a hard thing to prepare for because if a child doesn't have a word in their device, there will be no way for that child to tell Santa what he or she wants. So I would prepare a Santa page. One icon would say "Hi Santa." Another button might say "I can't sit on your lap but I hope you will come close so I can tell you what I want." The hardest icon of all is the button that tells Santa what they want. So I would get a catalog, go through it with the child and have him/her point to what they want so Santa's elves can have it ready. I would have up to three items that the child can tell Santa what they want. And then the next icon might ask Santa for a picture together. After you have it all programmed, I would have the child go over it. That way he/she will be prepared to talk to Santa.

The next thing I would do is go to a mall without the child ahead of time and let Santa know that your child will be talking to him with a device. That way he'll know to wait and know how to interact with the child. That way when the child goes to the mall, it will be a wonderful experience for him or her. And I forgot one thing! You also need an icon to ask for a candy cane from Santa.

I want to remind everyone to send me any questions you may have about AAC. I will do my best to answer them.
I hope everyone has a merry Christmas!
I hope everyone has a merry Christmas!

Snoopi Botten

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