Leanna & Copper

Copper the Labrador
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Hi everyone! Copper has a receptive language of 140+ words and is using 39 AAC buttons. He’s very β€œtalkative” and sociable. He is also a house-trained service dog who provides assistance in the household as well as emotional support🀍

β€œWhy”

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Hello everyone! Lovely to meet you all!
So grateful and overjoyed to be part of this community every day.

We have started the AAC journey about a month ago and now my learner, Copper, is actively and regularly using 20+ buttons. We deliberately chose the most β€œuseful” ones for the current setup in order for him to better communicate us on with his needs and desires. He’s also able to express his feelings/emotions, observations/descriptions and opinions with short phrases, so I’m planning to add some more advanced concepts.

For question words, he knows β€œwhat” and β€œwhere” and β€œ?”.Β 
I was wondering if any learners here have modelled β€œwhy”, and how did you model it / explain it to your learner? I haven’t introduced it yet but trying to think of a way to avoid confusion with β€œwhat”.
Causality might be one of the most abstract concepts i can think of for animal learners, other than time and episodic memory.

Thank you!
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Copper (Leanna H.)

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Learner Name: Copper

Age:
2.5 year (DOB: May 2018)

Teacher Name:
Leanna

Started Learning Word Buttons:
1st October 2020

Number of Words
: 39


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Words (Expressive language)


Verbs tile
  • RestΒ 
  • Come
  • Look
  • Help
  • Want
  • Play

Objects tile
  • Hide-and-seekΒ 
  • Ball
  • Tug
  • Food
  • Water
  • Pets

Places tile
  • In

Adjectives/adverbs tile
  • Good boi
  • Happy
  • Concerned
  • Mad
  • Now
  • Later
  • All done
  • It’s fine
  • ItchyΒ 
  • Ouch

Social words and sentence starters tile:
  • Hello
  • Yes
  • No
  • Love You
  • Bye bye
  • Where
  • What
  • ?

People, other animals, and sentence subjects tiles:
  • Copper
  • Big sis
  • Small sis
  • Mum
  • Dad
  • With

Other words tiles
  • Poop
  • Pee


Words, Phrases & Commands (Receptive language)

1. Hello
2. Bye bye
3. Love you
4. Yes
5. No
6. Want
7. Where
8. What
9. ? (Questions)
10. Copper
11. Big sis
12. Small sis
13. Mum
14. Dad
15. Play
16. Help
17. Come/ come on
18. Walkies
19. Rest
20. Look/ look at me
21. Poop
22. Pee
23. Ball ball
24. Ballu (bouncy balls)
25. Tug
26. Catch (Fetch)
27. Hide-and-seek
28. Pets
29. Water
30. Food
31. Treats
32. Bed
33. Sleep
34. Happy
35. Mad
36. Later
37. Now
38. All done
39. Ouch
40. Itchy
41. Concerned
42. Good boy (good)
43. With (and/ together)
44. Sit
45. Lie down
46. Up
47. Stand (on a platform surface)
48. Pivot (hind legs rotating on a platform surface))
49. Bow
50. Jump
51. Sleeping (show belly)
52. Eight (weave around legs)
53. Weave (weaving)
54. Turn (spin)
55. Turn around
56. Go hide (when playing hide-and-seek)
57. Go
58. Ok
59. Hand hand (give paws)
60. Say bye (paws waving)
61. Both hands (give both paws)
62. Stay
63. Leave it
64. Drop
65. Pets (being pet or petting the others)
66. Let go
67. Drop it
68. Down (get off sth)
69. Slowly
70. Back
71. In
72. Out
73. Let’s go (walk together)
74. Follow me (walk behind me)
75. Leash
76. Unleash/ undress
77. Dress
78. Give
79. Tidy up
80. Turning on (noisy appliances)
81. Button (paw on specific spot)
82. Push
83. Pull
84. Spit
85. Smell it
86. Bite it
87. Lick it
88. GentleΒ 
89. Kiss
90. Head (place head)
91. Nose (Give nose)
92. Heart (put head through heart-shaped arms)
93. BoopΒ 
94. Face (Face to hands)
95. Nibble
96. Toilet
97. Clean
98. Comb
99. Under (under a table during meal time etc.)
100. Retrieve
101. Hold (things on forehead)
102. Hold hands
103. CarryΒ 
104. Hug
105. Lap
106. Mat (go to the mattress)
107. It’s fine
108. Zoomies
109. Ring (go through a ring)
110. Choose
111. Stop
112. Use paws
113. Hit
114. Behave
115. Growl
116. LoadΒ 
β€”β€” food β€”β€”
117. Meat
118. Bones
119. Apples
120. Veggies
121. Soup
122. Chicken
β€”β€”Β  toys β€”β€”Β 
123. Big egg
124. Small egg
125. Chicken leg
126. Chick
127. Croc
128. Ocha (smaller croc)
129. Bone
130. Fishy
131. Ropes
132. Shrimp
133. Prawn
134. Bee boo (squeaky toy)
135. Shark
136. Towel
137. Bottles
138. Bottle capsΒ 
139. BitsΒ 
140. Ducky
141. Onion
142. Kidney
143. OnigiriπŸ™
144. Turkey
145. Watermelon
146. StrawberryΒ 
147. Elephant (Dumbo)
148. Broccoli


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Hong Kong

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Anyone else based in Hong Kong?
Copper and I are currently based in HK and we’ve formed an Instagram chat group (click to go to our profile!) with other HK learners, and international frens as well!
I’m hoping to connect with locals and hang out somedayπŸ₯°
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