Using Descriptive Talking with Pre-literate Children using Minspeak Systems


March 1 OR 15, 2022


This webinar explains the theory and practice of Descriptive Teaching, an approach that focuses on the use of core vocabulary during classroom activities and lessons with children using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Descriptive teaching is used with children who need to learn how to communicate strategically because they are not sufficiently literate to spell words not pre-stored in their speech generating devices (SGDs). Examples and activities in the webinar are focused on the Unity® and LAMP® Words for Life programs; however, the strategies taught in this webinar are applicable to other Minspeak® Application Programs, such as Core Scanner, Unidad (Spanish), Quasselkiste 60 (German), and Wortstrategie (German). The principles can also be applied to other vocabulary programs, such as Word Power and Picture Word Power, as well as children using manual communication boards.


Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

Discuss the importance of core vocabulary to implement descriptive teaching

Describe the difference between Referential Talking and Descriptive Talking

Develop a lesson to teach curriculum content descriptively and promote descriptive talking with students during the lesson and when testing learning following the lesson.


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