Category: Communication Book

Communication Notebook

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals who are not able to speak to communicate. To create the book using a computer, using a word processing program, set up a document with half-inch margins on all four sides and set the page orientation to landscape. Create a table that is 10 cells wide and 10 cells high. Format cells to be about 0.7-inch tall so that all ten rows fit on one page. Adjust as necessary. Using the template or personal design, create an alphabet and commonly used words and/or pictures. Note that some of the pictures have word labels and others do not. Some people are better able to identify or communicate with just words, some with just pictures, and some need both. Work with the person who will use the communication notebook and see which method is easiest for the user. Create other sheets for restaurants, vacations, shopping, etc. Without a computer, use the template or design one. Glue all the letters of the alphabet on one sheet of paper or use a felt tip pen to print big, bold letters. Arrange commonly used words around the alphabet. Again, as with the computer generated page, use pictures, pictures and words, or words alone as needed. Create additional sheets for restaurants, vacations, shopping, etc. On subsequent pages use photos of family, friends, neighbors or pets. Use pictures in magazines or take pictures of items around the user's home that would stand for eat or drink, bathroom, bedroom, television, stereo, toys, books, etc. For instance, a picture of the user's own refrigerator might represent something to eating. Determine what pictures are easiest for the user to identify.The pages can then be placed in plastic sheet covers or laminated to preserve and make them easier to turn. Tape closed the opening on each sheet protector. Mark each page with an index label, so the user can easily identify the page topic. Put in a small ring binder or just slip them onto an O-style key ring. MATERIALS: With a computer and printer, a few sheets of paper and sheet protectors are the only needed materials. Without a computer, the notebook requires 10 sheets of paper, 10 sheet protectors, pictures and/or photos, stick on letters and numbers, glue stick, and index labels. SKILLS REQUIRED:Organization and assembly; basic computer skill are optional. TITLE: Communication Notebook. WEB SITE: TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project at . REF: Ten Dollar Tech Ideas. TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, can also be contacted at 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 800-852-5110 voice/TTY, IL only; 217-522-7985 voice; 217-522-9966 TTY; 217-522-8067 Fax.


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