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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cookie Twins . . . Better Late Than Never

Well, I started this post BEFORE the holidays, but . . . well, we all have more time now, right?

Anyway, here's a super fun 'barrier communication' game to play with students using AAC devices (or speech).

'Barrier Games' are activities that teach students to share information across a boundary.  In this case the two girls were on opposite sides of the table, and couldn't see each others' cookies!

1) Student who uses AAC directs a helper in making a cookie.  
For example:  GET PINK;  PUT ON;  The helper asks questions such as:  WHERE DOES PINK GO?
Other samples are:

2) Student who uses AAC directs the partner to make a cookie twin.
This must be a partner who has not seen the cookie.  The helper supports the student who uses AAC in giving directions (but ONLY if necessary).  The partner asks questions which the student who uses AAC must

Idea:  Use the app Cookie Doodle to make the cookie twin - it's much faster, and you can get more language in a shorter amount of time!

Link to Cookie Doodle in the app store below:
Cookie Doodle at App Store

3) After each step, partner shows cookie and asks for feedback.

4)  Now show the cookie twins and see how well you did!

Original Cookie                                  Cookie 'Twin' (Cookie Doodle)

5) Take pics of your cookie twins and eat the 'real' ones!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Carol Goossens': Blog About Animated Switch Activities

Dr. Goossens' has created a number of animated switch-activated 'recipes' for cooking, art, etc.

Below is a link to a great blog-post explaining how to maximize use of the activities.

Goossen's Blog Post: Cooking in the Classroom

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Links for Angelman Education Summit

FAST Gala Education Summit Presentations

On December 6, 2014, FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics) hosted an Education Summit, organized by Erin Sheldon.  Video presentations of each of those presentations are available at the following link:
FAST Literacy Videos

Monday, December 15, 2014

Handout - Angelman Education Summit - Erin Sheldon

Fast Education Summit - Results from Angelman Literacy Camp

Erin Sheldon, M.Ed.

Download Handout Below:
Angelman Education Summit - Angelman Literacy Camp

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Handout - Angelman Gala Education Summit - Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Rhymes, Poems, Raps, & Songs:  Supporting Phonemic Awareness for ALL Students

Download the handout below:
Rhymes, Poems, Raps, & Songs