DDWA has developed some Readers to help you to support people with developmental disability to understand the changes they are facing and needing to cope with during the coronavirus pandemic. Choose the format that suits you best!
You can download the readers as PDF files or you can adapt the photos and text to better suit the person you are supporting by downloading the Powerpoint file instead.
If the person you are supporting is learning to communicate using an AAC system, remember to model comments about each page as you share the reader together and provide plenty of pause time for the person to share their own responses to the pictures or text.
Modelling the use of AAC will help the person you are supporting to understand the readers and also help the person you are supporting to develop their own expressive language and communication too.
If the person you are supporting has difficulty with communication but does not have an AAC system, you could download and print a free communication tool created by The Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina as a starting point. It is never to late to start exploring AAC with someone who needs it. Doing so will help you provide access to language and communication learning http://www.project-core.com/communication-systems/
NEW- Getting tested for COVID-19
DDWA have developed two Reader’s and the two Aided Language Displays – Free to download now. These resources are to support people understand why they might need a COVID-19 test, what the test is like, and that they have the right to decide whether or not to have the test.
Click on the images below to download the Aided Language Displays, or the Purple Buttons to download the PDF files for the Readers.
The following aided language displays were created by Janelle Sampson, Speech Language Pathologist and Director of Two Way Street to help with conversations at this time.
They can be used to support receptive understanding of spoken language and to give access to expressive language too.