The yes/no options with switches are working well – very easy to incorporate.
I know it is only a starting point but this is what I learnt from Mac when I asked him about his day…
- His teacher today was Mrs C and his aide was R.
- They didn’t make planes but they did make ships.
- He did some numbers and he knows that seven is bigger than four.
- He also told me that two plus three (2+3) does not equal four, seven or nine but it does equal five.
- 23 is bigger than seven and 32 is not bigger than 43.
- He does not like the yes/no buttons but he does love them.
- He doesn’t want anything to drink nor does he want anything to eat, but he does want the TV on.
He was consistently pressing the buttons with his feet and because I tend to watch his face, his expressions as I read them were matching his foot answers. I know all except whether they did numbers today were appropriate answers.
The benefit of the physical answers with the switches is that it tends to keep you engaged for a little longer regardless of whether the answers are right or wrong. This is way more than I would ever have managed to drag out of Mac’s cousins when they were his age – but then you don’t tend to ask yes/no questions – maybe we should.
Yesterday in class he was asked by his teacher whether he liked chocolate – she said he used his cheek to quickly hit the yes three times. Still a chocoholic it seems.