Free Visual Support:The Student Home/School Journal (PDF)
Students on the spectrum who demonstrate emerging language skills often struggle with communicating about past events. This challenge is almost universal due to the difficulties they face in joint attention, perspective taking, and language formulation. These difficulties present a special challenge for school age students and impact their abilities to communicate across the contexts of home and school. This visual support, The Student Home/School Journal, is designed to help scaffold a student’s abilities with cross-contextual communication. The Student Home/School Journal consists of 2 Journal sheets. One is designed to be filled out by a student at school and to be shared at home. While, the other is designed to be completed by the student at home and shared at school. Both of the sheets use color coded word combinations paired with a consistent, simple choice making formats to structure the student’s communication. The video tutorial briefly describes the structure of the support and its use.