Our reason for communication is referred to as USE
Use is also known as function, intent, and pragmatics
- If you are using pictures to help someone learn to communicate, it’s OK to practice. When you practice, try to keep it fun and motivating. One technique you may find useful is to use a puzzle with separate pictures of each of the pieces. Give the child a choice of which piece they want to put in the puzzle.
- Print the pictures of the pieces, cut out, laminate and display. (I use a clipboard with tempo loop on the back.) -OR- Upload the images and use in a dynamic display (computer or mobile device).
- Put the empty puzzle in front of the child, hold up the display of pictures and ask, “which one?”
- The child takes off a picture, hands it to you in exchange for the corresponding puzzle piece or presses the dynamic display device. The child may need a physical prompt to begin.
- Continue until all the pieces have been placed in the puzzle.