Developing Language with People using Minspeak Systems


April 6, 2022


Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP will discuss practical ways to develop core vocabulary and generative language, especially for individuals with severe cognitive and/or multiple impairments.  The presentation starts off with a discussion of the value and power of low-tech systems that build toward use of a speech generating device (SGD) that uses the Minspeak® system.  There will be practical examples of how to make and use Minspeak®-driven low-tech systems, including back-up systems to an SGD.  Vocabulary and language teaching strategies to be discussed include (1) a “word-of-the-week” approach, (2) semantic networking, and (3) teaching by parts-of-speech. 


Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

Discuss the role and value of low-tech in relation to a Minspeak System.

Describe two strategies to create a manual communication board for a person who uses a Minspeak system.

Discuss the difference between teaching vocabulary and language through immersive instruction versus through explicit, systematic instruction.

Describe a process of using semantic networking to support vocabulary learning when using the UNITY Minspeak application program.

Describe two ways to teach morphology and syntax when using the UNITY Minspeak application program.


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