To prepare your learner to talk with buttons, talk to them:
Using language that is slow, clear, simple, and positive.
- Model words and concepts by speaking them out loud and demonstrating what they mean.
- Repeat important words at least 5 times.
- Use familiar words and be consistent in the words you choose for concepts.
Signs that your learner understands you include:
- Looking at you
- Acknowledging you
- Swiveling their ears
- Looking at the correct object
- Making a communicative noise
- Or, they do a combination of all of the above!
Start speaking to them as much as possible, using these techniques to help refine the process.
Below, we’ve included a Common Button Concepts list to help you identify concepts your learner might already know. This is meant to give you a general idea of what concepts people use regularly and is NOT the recommended beginner buttons or order of introduction.
Common Button Concepts
|All Done||Now & Later||Settle|
|Friend & Stranger||Outside||Treat|
|Hi & Bye||Play||Walk|
|Name(s) (learner, family, friends)||Scritches/Scratches||Yes & No|
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