Help kids communicate at recess!

Help kids communicate at recess!

From Carlene Fort

My Autistic Students, Special Needs Students, and English Language Learners need a way to communicate at recess! We need a playground communication board!

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Hi! I am a school-based Speech Language Pathologist at an elementary school in Palmdale, Ca. My school has about 120 Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten students that attend daily. At least 2/3 of them are English Language Learners where Spanish is their first language, 2 of the classrooms are mild to moderate special education classes with students of varying abilities, and some students are non-speaking. As a SLP, I’ve seen so many communication breakdowns happen on the playground because these students have a very difficult time communicating with one another or with staff about their needs or desires on the playground. A large bilingual communication board would allow for students with language delays, students learning English, and staff to communicate easily! Using a communication board the students can point at the various picture icons to help clearly explain their message to a peer or adult. It can help with things like indicating what the children want to play, if they feel sick or sad, need to get water or the restroom, want to make a new friend, and so much more. Hundreds of children will use this board year after year as they attend our school. These boards & their installation is very expensive so I need YOUR help. Please give the gift of communication!!

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