What you see is what you want
What a child sees in his or her environment becomes the basis of their relating to
the world. When a child is impaired in expressing what they see or want in that world, we as caregivers should do all we can to make our intensions clear and understandable to that child. Natural, everyday scenes are what the child sees so why confuse them with symbols that require a more complex understanding to interpret.
Think of it; when you see a stylized symbol your mind has to make complex analogies from your experiences to interpret its meaning. Many impaired children do not have those related experiences to fall back on. That is why the Aurora Symbols™ we use in Avatalker™AAC are illustrated to depict natural scenes whenever possible to relate the meaning of a word. Of course, the more abstract the meaning of a particular word, the more difficult it is to visualize. That is why a caregiver’s involvement is imperative in the initial phases of learning to use any AAC device or application.