Communication
for Children with Deafblindness, or Visual and Multiple Impairments

Using Calendars to Expand Concepts

a daily expansion calendar strip made of narrow carpet with vertical raised lines dividing activities denoted by photos, picture symbols, and one word describing the activity

This student is using pictures and has events expanded into “who, what, and where” categories. This "wh-expansion" adds detail to conversation and helps to teach sentence building.

Benefits of adding expansion to calendars -

  • Increases opportunities for social interaction by introducing the “with-who”, “do-what”, “go-where”. In calendar conversations we are learning other people’s names and the characteristics associated with that person.
  • Introduces sentence building and word combining through action words, and attributes. Again – “do what”, “with-who” and, “go-where”“Go to gym class, with coach, and play basket ball”.

This is an example of the calendar being used as a framework on which to hang larger concepts, add detail to conversation, and expand on interaction.