Emoji Communication Log:
Home/School communication logs are a tool that are frequently used to share information across contexts. They can be very helpful in building understanding of a student’s whole day- but so many times they are filled out by staff and parents. In doing so, we miss out on an opportunity to teach students how to share information across context and to be reflective about their experiences. The Emoji Communication Log was developed at the request of a middle school teacher who was searching for a fun and “age- appropriate” way to involve her Language Partner and Conversational Partner students in the process. Emojis are a communication style all their own and so important in peer interactions these days, so the integration just made sense. There are school day and home logs included for use.
The Emoji Communication Log- Autism Leveled UP!:
When we were discussing The Emoji Communication Log, it became quite clear that we could Autism Level it UP! So we did and created the Energy Communication Log. We’ve switched the original around a bit to highlight energy states. This helps students reflect on their energy state in a given activity, as well as whether their energy matched the situation, and any strategies and tools they used to help maintain engagement. In doing so the support naturally reinforces learning opportunities focused on regulation and helps share effective strategies used between home and school. So, it serves all the functions of the Emoji Log with added bang for your buck. We’ve included a school day and home log here too.
Growing up, I really valued my privacy and it was not natural for me nor was it desired by me to share what was going on at school with family members (or anyone for that matter)! I often say that if I were in school today, it would be very difficult for me, because there seems to be a lot more oversight and back and forth communication between school and home. If this must be, using a format that considers the fit between the person’s energy and the energy needed for various activities throughout the day is far more informative than reporting a color coded behavior zone, for example! So, if home-school communication is a need, make sure it is more accurate, if your child or loved one wants a way to report to you, this may be a great form for them, but if you are aiming to use this form to get information out of your child/loved one, please make sure they truly want to share.
Language Partner and Conversational Partner
JA 3.2 / MR 1.2 Understands and uses symbols to express a range of emotion
JA 6.2 Comments on Action or Event
JA 3.3 Shares information about past events
IS 7.1 Models appropriate non-verbal communications and emotional expression
LS 2.1 Uses augmentative communication support to enhance child’s communication and expressive language
LS 2.3 Uses augmentative communication support to enhance child’s expression and understanding of emotion
Free Visual Support: Emoji Log Supports (PDF)
Free Visual Support: Energy Log Supports (PDF)