Boards help nonverbal students communicate during recess

A communication board stands at the Morningside Elementary School playground. The communication board is used to help nonverbal students communicate during recess. The communication board is being used in numerous schools.

A way for nonverbal students to communicate with others during recess is available at numerous local elementary schools.

Amelia Abell, a special education teacher at Morningside Elementary School, said the school received a grant from the Elizabethtown Education Foundation for a communication board, which was installed earlier this school year.

The communication board contains words such as “I,” “You,” “Want,” “Drink,” “Tag,” “Push,” and “Inside,” accompanied by a picture. Students point to the image on the board to tell other students or teachers what they wish to do.

Helmwood Heights Elementary School, Morningside and Panther Aca­demy, all schools within the Eliza­bethtown Independent school district, have the boards, Abell said.

Hardin County Schools also is using the communication boards, such as at New Highland Elementary School.

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