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Ages: 14-Adult   Grades: 9-Adult

English Language Learners and students with developmental disabilities and autism get tons of practice with the vocabulary they need to communicate effectively for independent living.  There are 656 printable pages on this PDF CD-ROM! 

Outcomes

  • Increase functional communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Communicate well for independent living and community participation
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The lessons target vocabulary words from Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults and introduce new words in the areas of home, community, work, and leisure and recreation.  You can easily print the following materials from the PDF CD-ROM:  

  • 120 five-page lessons, with six target vocabulary words per lesson (720 words total)
  • Picture grid pages to use for extension activities
  • Progress tracking chart

Each lesson includes these activities:

Picture Scene – identify items as they are named; learn prepositions, pronouns, verbs, negation, attributes, and questions
Naming Pictures – match words and pictures for practice with expressive vocabulary
Picture Activity – generalize knowledge by circling the pictures that answer questions
Writing Activity – write vocabulary words by answering questions about functions, attributes, categories, associations, and more
Talk About It – follow complex directions, practice grammatical structures, discuss semantic relationships, and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Use the pictures from each lesson to play vocabulary Bingo, Memory, and other fun games. 

System Requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader (available on the CD-ROM)

Copyright © 2008

Components
PDF CD-ROM, 120 five-page lessons in black and white only
  • In accordance with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Persons With Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities [Guidelines], the Functional Vocabulary Activities for Adolescents & Adults series 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, at school, in the community, and during leisure and recreational activities
  • Functional Vocabulary Activities for Adolescents & Adults covers transition topics mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including independent living skills at home related to getting dressed, grooming, cooking, cleaning, and nutrition. The series addresses:
    • independent living skills
    • community participation
    • vocational skills
    • client interests—leisure and recreational activities
  • References

    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 (IDEA). (2004). Reauthorized statute, secondary transition. www.ncset.org/docs/osers/idea04_sec_transition.html

Author(s)

Beverly Plass

Biography

Beverly Plass, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in the Irvine Unified School District, California.  She has worked with adolescents with developmental disabilities for over 16 years.  She has found that the key to student success is tied to their ability to understand and communicate about activities at home, at work, in the community, and during leisure and recreational activities.

Functional Vocabulary Activities for Adolescents & Adults is Bev's tenth publication with LinguiSystems.  She is also the author of the following:

  • Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults
  • Functional Routines for Adolescents & Adults Home
  • Functional Routines for Adolescents & Adults Community
  • Functional Routines for Adolescents & Adults Work
  • Functional Routines for Adolescents & Adults Leisure & Recreation
  • Vocalic R To Go
  • SPARC R & S
  • SPARC Artic Junior

Introduction

Help your clients strive for independence! Functional Vocabulary Activities for Adolescents & Adults teaches young adults with developmental disabilities, autism, and/or English Language Learners the vocabulary they need to live independently at home and in the community, to obtain job training and paid employment, and to participate in leisure and recreational activities.  Your clients will have a more successful future if they can develop effective communication skills now.

Contents of the CD-ROM
Functional Vocabulary Activities for Adolescents & Adults is divided into four books: Home, Community, Work, and Leisure & Recreation.  Each book contains 30 five-page lessons, and each lesson provides in-depth practice with six target vocabulary words related to that lesson's topic.  Each book also includes several vocabulary Bingo Boards/Picture Grids that you can use for a variety of extension activities.  These pages include the pictured vocabulary words from selected lessons.  Finally, I've included a Progress Tracking Chart with each book to help you monitor your clients' progress over time.  Use this form to track valuable information that you can include when doing verbal or written progress reports.

Target Vocabulary Words
Many of the vocabulary words in this program are taken directly from Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults (Plass, 2005) to give your clients additional opportunities to master these important words.  I've also introduced new words in this program to provide you with the most comprehensive teaching tool for your clients in the areas of home, community, work, and leisure and recreation.

In the Work book, I used the Dictionary of Occupational Titles as a reference when determining how to label the job titles (United States Department of Labor—Fourth Edition, Revised 1991, available from www.oalj.dol.gov/libdot.htm).  Feel free to modify the terminology so that it fits your program or the job titles available in your area.  In addition, I selected the vocabulary for the Work book based on a 2006 survey of over 750 Regional Center clients in Orange County, California.  The vocabulary reflects the language used at integrated work placements that individuals in supported programs most often acquire.

How to Use This Program
The flexible format of this program allows you to decide how best to implement it.  You can move sequentially through the lessons in each book before moving on to another book, or you can collaborate and choose lessons that parallel what a client is doing in his program.  Either way, you can customize your therapy by using one or all of the pages in a lesson.  Each five-page lesson includes these activities:

  • Scene—This identification activity gives the client practice with receptive vocabulary.  The lesson's six target vocabulary words are labeled in a picture scene (or in two scenes, with three pictures per scene).  The client looks at the scene and identifies the target words as you name them.
  • Naming Pictures—This matching activity gives the client practice with expressive vocabulary as he names pictures and matches them to the target vocabulary words.
  • Picture Activity—This question/answer page gives the client an opportunity to generalize his knowledge of each vocabulary word to different forms and views.  The client reads a question (Which are computers? or Which is not a lawn mower?), names the four picture choices, then circles or crosses out the pictured answer(s).
  • Fill-Ins—This activity gives the client an opportunity to write the vocabulary words.  Using a choice box that includes pictured words, the client writes the six target vocabulary words to complete sentences and answer questions about functions, attributes, categories, associations, and more.
  • Talk About It—The client looks at the picture scene and follows complex directions (Circle the ____ and the _____), answers various questions that elicit grammatical structures (prepositions, pronouns, verbs, negation, attributes, questions), discusses semantic relationships (categories and comparing), and answers questions using critical thinking and problem-solving skills (What would you do if . . .?).

Extension Activities
You can also use the picture pages at the end of each book to conduct extension activities using several of the target vocabulary words.  Each Bingo Board/Picture Grid includes labeled pictures you can use to:

  • Play Bingo—Print two copies of the same Bingo Board/Picture Grid (one copy on paper and one copy on card stock).  Give the paper copy to the client and cut apart the copy on card stock to use for the calling cards.
  • Play Memory—Print two copies of the same Bingo Board/Picture Grid on card stock and cut apart the pictures.  Play traditional Memory with the client, or play a simpler version with all of the cards faceup on the table to focus on turn taking and picture naming.
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt—Print a Bingo Board/Picture Grid and give it to the client.  Let him look for the pictured items in the classroom or in the kitchen, in a catalog, or while on community-based instruction (CBI) to see how many items or workers he can find.  Have him mark an X or put a check mark on each one he finds.
  • Make Labels—Print a Bingo Board/Picture Grid and cut apart the pictures.  Let the client tape the pictures to cupboards, drawers, and containers to indicate what's inside.  This activity is most appropriate to do with the vocabulary words from the Home and Leisure & Recreation books.
  • Make File Folder Activities—Print four copies of the same Bingo Board/Picture Grid on card stock and cut apart the pictures.  Select the pictures for six vocabulary words (save the others for a different activity).  Next attach six library pockets to the inside of a manila folder and glue one of the six pictures on each pocket.  Mix the remaining cards and give them to the client.  Ask the client to select one card at a time, name the picture on it, and then put it in the matching pocket.
  • Create Communication Books—Print selected Bingo Boards/Picture Grids onto card stock, cut apart the desired picture cards, laminate them, and add Velcro®.

Outcomes
Functional Vocabulary Activities for Adolescents & Adults empowers you to effectively teach your clients on their paths toward independence and communicative competence.  By using these activities, you will help your clients:

  • increase functional communication through activities that promote receptive and expressive vocabulary expansion and generalization, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • gain independent living skills
  • communicate effectively for paid employment
  • participate in the community and develop friendships

If you like the topics and activities in this program, you may also like Functional Vocabulary for Adolescents & Adults and the Functional Routines for Adolescents & Adults series, which is a narrative-based language intervention program for clients aged 12-22 years.

Beverly Plass, M.A., CCC-SLP