When working with a communicator, modeling is a powerful way to teach communication strategies. Modeling involves showing a communicator examples of how you expect them to communicate. By using CoughDrop the way you hope they will learn to, you can help reinforce or introduce good communication strategies. All supervisors can access and use the boards of their communicators for communication and modeling.
CoughDrop Modeling Feature Video
You can also activate Speak Mode at any time from your dashboard. When you select Speak Mode from a user's dropdown, either as yourself or as one of your communicators, you will be taken to that communicator's home board.
You can also model directly on the communicator's device. To prevent your button presses from falsifying their usage logs, hit the profile icon in the top right corner and select "Pause Logging" to temporarily stop logs from being recorded. When you are done make sure to resume logging so the communicator's actions will be properly recorded.
Triple pressing the X button while in speak mode will also register your button presses as modeled speech. You will see a finger icon in the top left corner of words which are counted as modeled speech. These words will NOT be credited to the communicator's logs if logging has been enabled.
Knowing WHAT to model can be a big help when trying to help someone communicate. Thankfully, experts have compiled groups of "core words" that are commonly used in language and divided those words into the months of the year. By learning these core words, communicators are more ready to express themselves in a variety of settings and circumstances. CoughDrop offers two of these sets of "a year of core words" to help AAC users and their support teams work together to better learn language. You can access those core word calendars here:
But CoughDrop has also put together groupings of phrases based on those core words. These phrases share ideas of different ways the highlighted core words could be used in everyday language. The calendars could be shared with families, teachers, therapists, and more to help every member of the AAC support team work toward the same monthly goal when it comes to modeling language. Download and print the CoughDrop core phrases calendars here: