The M-ACAL Team has worked with students who have difficulty with both pointing and talking. We found there was wide variability in how consistently they were able to communicate different kinds of choices. Click on the kitten to see a model for the progression of choice-making skills. The chart outlines how students could communicate choices of preferences or knowledge.
5-level model chart (.pdf)
To identify an individual student’s techniques for communication choice, researchers from the ACSESS Project developed a structured interview to use with students who could not talk or point.
In this video, a young woman demonstrates how she shifts her attention, follows commands, provides signals for Yes and No, and uses a Yes and/or No to answer questions. (2 minutes, 12 seconds)