Increase the opportunities for independence! Teach young adults with developmental disabilities the vocabulary of home, community, work, and leisure.
- Increase functional communication
- Gain independence and develop friendships
The lessons in Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults work through a series of receptive and expressive language tasks to enhance communication skills in young adults with developmental disabilities. Tap all learning modalities through:
- Pictures providing important visual cues for the tasks.
- The flexible format allowing you to start with the items at the level that's best for your students or choose the theme that fits what is happening in your student's life.
- Well-organized structure of tasks in each lesson:
- Point to the correct picture in response to your question
Show me the soap.
What do you dry off with?
- Complete matching, listening, and visual memory tasks with the picture cards provided for each lesson
- Imitate words and sentences and complete simple sentences
I see a washcloth.
I use a ____.
- Name, describe, and answer questions about each item
Describe how you shave.
Name six grooming items.
- Answer critical thinking and problem solving questions related to real-life situations
Why do you wash your hands before eating?
How do you know if you need to shave?
Lesson themes include 86 topics such as:
Home—grooming, hair care, clothing, laundry, and food groups
Community—apartment, city bus, bank/ATM, restaurant, and grocery store
Work—job choices, getting a job, baker/helper, laundry worker, and stock clerk
Leisure—baseball, soccer, board games, dance, and movie theatre
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In accordance with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines for the Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Persons With Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities, Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults allows you to:
- service adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities who need enhancement of communication skills to function in their everyday environments
- collaborate with staff so your lessons correspond with the classroom's lessons
- provide appropriate lessons for students who have limited English proficiency in addition to their developmental disability
- consider communication at home, at work, in the community, and during recreational and leisure activities
Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults covers transition topics including vocabulary related to:
- independent living skills
- community participation
- vocational skills
- student interests—leisure and recreational activities
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 2005. Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists serving persons with mental retardation/developmental disabilities [Guidelines]. Available from www.asha.org/policy
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 2004. Reauthorized statute, secondary transition. www.ncset.org/docs/osers/idea04_sec_transition.html