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enABLING Teachers -- Activity #4 -- Demonstrating multimodal communication through video   New Activity!

Encouraging a "Multi-Modality" Perspective

Suggestions for Educators:

You can demonstrate the importance of multiple methods of communication through three approaches:

Option 1. Show Michael William's powerful video clip
Option 2. Show Kristin Rytter's high tech and low tech systems
Option 3. Show useful low tech strategies
Option 4. Show Social Networks video about Adrienne New!

1) Show Michael Williams’ video clip:

Michael eloquently describes how he uses his speech, his device, a letter board, computer printout, email and a fax machine for different types of communication in his daily life. [Please note: Michael prepared his words ahead of time for this video and delivers his message one sentence at a time for the camera.]

Black & white photo of a distinguished man in a beret
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2) Show Kristin Rytter's high tech and low tech systems:

In the first clip, Kristin is shown using her high tech system based on Morse Code as she interviews a professional about AT services for high school students.

Kristin is shown  seated in her  power wheelchair looking at  her communication device.
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In the second clip, Kristin is shown (briefly) using her non-technological system of eyegaze codes. You'll see a series of eye movements, each one standing for a different letter of the alphabet. She finds this system less fatiguing than the high tech system when speaking to highly familiar partners. You can imagine that the partner has to be carefully trained in this system. Kristin does her own training of every new assistant who works for her.

Kristin is shown  looking to her left at an assistant who is not yet in view.
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3) Show useful low tech AAC strategies:

Show video clips of strategies that are very useful even though they are low tech. Here are some examples:

  • Eyegaze to letters or single words
  • Communication notebook
  • Communication board
  • Partner assisted scanning

To find these clips, go to the AT/AAC enABLES Search page: http://depts.washington.edu/enables/searching.htm

Find the section of the search page that looks like this

AT/AAC Strategy :

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Click on the black triangle in the small box to the right to open the drop down menu listing all the AAC strategies that are currently available. Select the desired strategy, for example those shown in italics in the examples above, then click on "Go".

All video clips that demonstrate that strategy will appear as thumbnails on the next screen. You will usually see two versions: “.wmv” for Windows Media Player clips and “.mov” for Quick Time/MacIntosh clips. Click on the thumbnail once to show the video clip.

4) Show Adrienne using many modes in Spanish and English: New!

Adrienne is a young woman who uses multiple methods of communication in her bilingual environment. She uses a combination of speech, partner assisted scanning and high technology to communicate in both English and Spanish.

A close up of Adrienne

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This clip is in lower quality format for the web. Find the entire high quality video on the Social Networks DVD available from Augmentative Communication, Inc. and Attainment Company.