Spring semester started last week which means graduation and this project due date are only a few short months away. Since our family is getting together next week, I wanted to make it a goal to finish the family pages in my grandpa’s communication book by then so he could start using it.
Dr. Montgomery suggested that, in order to keep this book of high-interest, I put my grandpa’s favorite grandchildren in the front of the book (see Elliot’s sample page). I also gave Elliot his own page so I had space to include a couple of pictures about him (e.g. he likes computers, lives in San Francisco) which my grandpa could use to tell other people about Elliot. The rest of us grandkids share a page with someone else and get one other picture about us (see Sami and Amy’s sample page). For example, Amy goes to UCLA so I added that below Amy’s picture.
In my last post, I teased the use of pom poms for my grandpa’s book. I’m actually using them as “page fluffers” which is something added to a page to make it more “3D” so it’s easier for the person to turn the pages. I noticed that at Christmas, when my grandpa was looking through a picture scrapbook my aunt made for him, he needed help to turn the pages which were thin and stuck together. The easier the communication book is to use, the better chance my grandpa will be motivated to use it. They also serve a dual purpose as section dividers in the book. For example, all the family pages will have red pom poms, all the TV show pages will have green pom poms, etc. Pom poms are just one example of an item that can be used as a page fluffer…I’ve seen some people get really creative and use plastic spoons, buttons, even random junk around the house! It’s easy, inexpensive, and definitely a must when creating a communication book for an individual with limited fine motor skills.