Voice Colors®

Voice Colors® CRM Model

A Dynamic Interactive Educational Practice

Voice Colors model

What does this mean for clinical and educational application and practice?

Development and the ongoing refinement of the communication skills, scripts and exchanges, as well as the mastery of content is the foundation to leading a meaningful life.

  • Respect the individual as a communicator
  • Observe and assess the individual’s attempts for expressive communication
  • Modify the environment to support independence and allow for free expression of ideas
  • Use visual supports to teach new skills in a consistent manner across settings and tasks
  • Incorporate strategies that encourage the individual to reference the visual reference for support
  • Design communication scripts that enhance the individual’s ability to clearly convey his or her intentions
  • Design communication scripts that reflect the individual’s constantly evolving personal experiences
  • Design visually concrete communication scripts that support social exchanges and teach functional skills
  • Teach novel vocabulary and scripts through a systematic approach using a structured hierarchy
  • Determine progress through objective assessment and formal data collection procedures
  • Review previously mastered vocabulary and scripts
  • Embed visual supports in all activities as a way to promote greater understanding and independence
  • Evaluate, revise, and elaborate on communication scripts within diverse social contexts
  • Create new scripts to address changing life circumstances
  • Analyze why current scripts are not used by the individual or his or her communication partners

What does this mean in practice for the communication partners?

Communication Partners

  • Establish the ground work for effective communication exchanges
  • Learn and use the visual communication system as a language system
  • Learn to become skilled observers, capable of creating opportunities for social exchanges across varied settings
  • Use visual language in order to support comprehension for the individual
  • Use scripts in tandem with the individuals’ primary mode of communication on order to support turn taking and conversational exchange
  • Create meaningful opportunities that generate ongoing exchanges
  • Give the individual opportunities the to use communication scripts in tandem throughout the day
  • Train in prompt hierarchy towards the goal of independence
  • Nurture curiosity and self-esteem by teaching scripts that are pertinent to the individuals life
  • practice ongoing collaboration in order to determine the next steps involved for novel social exchanges
  • Share experiences and work towards problem solving and rectifying communication breakdown through a process of discussion and documentation
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