Growing communication skills with Activity Templates

Since Proloquo2Go was first introduced, teachers, SLPs, and parents have been asking for quick and easy ways to create pages for specific activities. Most activity specific pages have historically consisted of a few sentence starters and a predominance of nouns with a few verbs and adjectives that are highly specific to the particular activity at hand. 

These kind of pages enable non-speaking students to make choices during the activity and answer questions to show knowledge of the curriculum, but they do not contain the vocabulary needed to develop more general communication skills outside of a particular lesson. These activity specific pages tend to disappear once the activity is over, so even if the specific vocabulary was useful to a student outside of the lesson, it may be difficult for the student to find it again.

Instead of activity specific pages, we have been advocating for use of core word-based vocabulary. This vocabulary, in combination with a stable system of category-based fringe folders for nouns, verbs, and adjectives, can be used to communicate in all situations.

That’s why when we designed Activity Templates as part of the Crescendo vocabulary, we based them on Crescendo’s Core Word home pages. When you create an activity specific folder using these templates, appropriate core words will appear in the same place they appear on the home page. This will give users additional practice using these core words during a variety of activities - and they’ll have an easier time finding these words because they appear in consistent locations on all pages. Activity templates include themes such as Create, Motor Play, Out & About and Reading.

Each Activity Template contains two kinds of buttons:
  • Template buttons are used for vocabulary that’s useful in multiple activities - things like “I”, “want”, “more”, and “all done.”
  • Placeholder buttons are used for vocabulary or folders that are specific to a particular activity. For example, in a folder that is used for playing with blocks, the words “block”, “big”, and “build” are very useful. Placeholder buttons are put in the template to act as hints for which kinds of vocabulary to put in particular locations. So a placeholder button might have a label “verb 1”, “adjective 1”, or “noun 1”. This is to indicate to the person creating an activity that it is recommended to create a verb or adjective specific to the activity here.
Daily Life Template in Proloquo2Go 4

T = Template button           * = Placeholder button

Available Activity Templates in Proloquo2Go 4

Available Activity Templates

When you create a new folder, you will be able to select one of our templates and automatically get all the relevant core words in the right place without needing to be an expert on vocabulary design. Have fun, and save time!

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