The children’s book, “How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname),” is the perfect way to raise awareness about speech generating devices and other assistive technology, and it’s on SALE through the entire month of October at Speaking of Speech.com!
“How Katie Got a Voice (and a cool new nickname)” is a beautifully illustrated story of challenge, triumph, and acceptance. The students and teachers of Cherry Street School all have nicknames that celebrate their differences. But the new girl, Katie, is really different. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. It seems like she can’t do anything! So how can the other students involve her in their activities? And how can they give her a nickname? This sweet story is told from the perspective of Katie’s classmates who initially only see her as very different from them. Once Katie is given access to assistive technology (switches and a speech generating device), they suddenly see how Katie is very much like everyone else; she just does things in a different way. Following the story is a kid-friendly section on Disability Etiquette that even adults can learn from.
Extend the lesson even further with a free discussion guide, the Reader’s Theater script (great for having students tell the story through theater!), and disability etiquette video. These extension materials are available through www.patmervine.com.