A thought as I go to bed...
If you could prepare 4 words/phrases for your kindergartener/school age child to have by their side during their first few days of school when they may be too shy to talk to their teachers/peers, what would they be?
I'm considering sending Brianna with our 4 go-talk One Talk boxes (small one button devices with a picture and a speaker that are self-recording). I'm trying to decide what phrases would be most helpful for her to have along with her.
"I need to use the restroom please," was the first I thought of, and really what got my mind going. I'm sure there are others... maybe "someone is bothering me" (tho I'm not sure she'd ever use it... just so she COULD if she needed to...?) and the other I thought of was "I need help please." She can say that she needs to go to the bathroom and that she needs help, but... if she IS overwhelmed, then the voice buttons may prove to be a way to get through her first days. Of course I'll talk to her teacher, whenever we find out who the teacher is... and make sure that 1- the voice triggers are ok and 2- ask her for suggestions.
But thought I'd start here. Thoughts on what you'd want your child to be able to "say" without having to TALK on the first week of Kindergarten?
(For those just tuning in, Brianna will be in a typical kindergarten class for most of her day with pull out for math and reading. She's very verbal and expresses her needs easily at home, but she's VERY shy and doesn't talk much at school!)