Students with significant disabilities often have trouble responding 'on demand'. This can happen for several reasons:
1) Students have neurological problems such as apraxia or dyspraxia that make responding on command (signing, speaking, indicating a symbol on an AAC device or app) difficult if not impossible
2) Students respond better to authentic prompts and naturalistic situations - we can be 'detectives' and look for these meaningful interactions
3) Students have tired of 'dancing for Grandma'. A student who has shown that they understand 'point to _______' requests multiple times may be unwilling rather than unable to respond to the request.
Use this graphic to remind your team to be a detective, not a director!!