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Object Calendar

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“DO IT YOURSELF” ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To create an object calendar or symbol shelf that can be used in developing and expanding communication with children with intellectual and/or communication disabilities. First, determine what activities the child enjoys, or if using the object calendar for steps of an activity such as grooming, determine the steps within the specific activity. Second, plan a sequence including several of these activities or steps. Third, select obvious objects or parts of objects that can be used as symbols for each of the activities (i.e. small cup for snack time or a small piece of coat fabric that indicates time to leave). Other required activities may be included with a representative object or piece of an object. Fourth, place the objects in a sequence in a box or shelf that has been divided into segments or in a series of small containers connected together. Fifth, either cover the object after the activity has taken place or have a container nearby to place each object in as that activity ends. This communicates that the activity is complete for that session. TITLE: Object Calendar. JOURNAL: Ideas to share: Tots n’ Tech. REF: http://www.asu.edu/clas/tnt/home_files/ideas/communication/other/ObjectC.... Reference: From D.E.S.K. (Designing Environments for Successful Kids), Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI), CESA 2, 448 E. High St., Milton, WI 53563, Phone 608-758-6232 X 340 or 800-991-5576, Email: info@wati.org. PAGES: 1 with cover.

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