Plant AAC Bingo

Going with the theme idea I have recently incorporated into my therapy, I am switching around circle time with my Life Skills students. I am working on basic vocabulary (this month with a plant theme) while teaching them to play a group game, “bingo”.

Most of these students are unable to find “3 in a row”, so I’ve made their job easy. The first person to match 3 pictures, gets to push my “Bingo!” button.

A large percent of the class is non-verbal, or minimally verbal, so I’ve designed specific pages for the devices in the classroom: 2 Go Talk 9+, 1 Go Talk 20+, and a Tech Talk. There is also one (not pictured) Vantage Plus in the class. Here are all the materials I use to play Bingo each day….

The students practice saying the vocabulary words as well as “I do”, “I want…”, and “Bingo!”.

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After about 6 weeks of playing, I would estimate that 30% get the idea of the game (match 3 pictures to win), but even those who clearly do not understand the game are learning how to match the velcro dot to the picture and are less likely to throw or crumple their game board. Slow progress.

After 6 years of doing the exact same circle routine in this class, it is a relief to do something new. Now I am brainstorming other group games we can play in circle time. I thought of tic-tac-toe, but envision that almost no students would understand it. I need a game that you can win on sheer luck. Possibly, a simple Memory game with theme vocabulary?

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  1. Your class sounds like fun. Have you seen the quicktalk I believe it’a a newer version of the gotalk. I like it and it’s pretty affordable. I’ve set up proloquo2go for my girl I’m so excited to get the iPad right not it’s only on my iPhone which is too small a platform for her. I am concerned it’s a little advanced but we are diving in .. i deleted many sections to start her out as simple as possible.

    Have you tried a memory game there is a fun app called Matching zoo your students might like. I’m sure you can play this in turns too to make it a group activity.

  2. What a breath of fresh air! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I am so happy to be here! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas!

    Lindsey@ The Savvy Speechie

  3. This looks wonderful! It’s been a few years since I was in the world of AAC. I had learned a bit about a variety of devices, and then came the iPad. Do you think it will become huge in the world of AAC? Or will devices still give something that the iPad can’t? Just curious, having been raising my children while the world moves on … 🙂

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