“Our Words are Worth Waiting For”

08-Apr-2019

This post is an excerpt from The ISAAC Communicator, March 2019 edition, “Message from the ISAAC President” by Meredith Allan

Meredith Allan. ISAAC President.

In Geelong, a city about an hour from my home city of Melbourne, a group of parents and support people meet every four weeks to discuss their children’s needs and the AAC strategies they use.

Here is a list they came up with at the end of last year:

  • Visual/object/association/preparing the environment
  • Model
  • Expect a response
  • Prepare
  • Waiting
  • Verbal prompt
  • Respond
  • Give them device
  • Interpret – clarify
  • Feedback
  • Open-ended questions
  • Communication Partners

The group did well. This list could almost be used for a lifetime.

How often as we grow older does a communication partner ask a question but doesn’t wait for a response, or answers for you? 

Our words are worth waiting for.

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Meredith Allan lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has used a text-to-speech communication device for 25 years. Read more about Meredith in the April 2019 edition of Link magazine (click through to page 38 from the Table of Contents).  

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