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Picture Sentence Key

by Mayer-Johnson, LLC


Help children with autism and other language disorders learn basic sentence construction!

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Picture Sentence Key screenshot showing symbols and animation for the sentence 'They are pouring juice'Picture Sentence Key screenshot showing symbols and animation for the sentence 'The girl is pouring juice'Picture Sentence Key provides an excellent way to model and guide sentence formation. It can benefit students with disabilities, current or future communication device users, learners of English as a second language or any individual who needs to learn how to put words together to make simple sentences.

Picture Sentence Key helps teach children the basic sentence structure of “Who” is “doing” “what”. It helps children learn how to put words together to make simple sentences.

Features and Benefits

  • Develop Expressive Language Skills
    Students develop expressive language skills by building sentences from the words shown on the screen. When a complete sentence has been constructed, the program plays an animation of the activity described to reinforce correct responses. Learning is errorless – only correct answers are accepted. Intrinsic rewards and errorless learning combine to make Picture Sentence Key ideal for independent work.
  • Reinforce and Extend Learning
    In the manual, you’ll find ideas for reinforcing the concepts with other activities and extending learning for greater generalisation. For example, real-world objects or photographs can be used to reinforce the activities described in the sentences.
  • Customise to Meet Every Student’s Needs
    It’s easy to tailor Picture Sentence Key to individuals. For example, you can choose how many words are displayed, and whether they include symbol or voice support. Two different modes, normal and quiz, offer additional flexibility. Normal mode allows students to create any valid sentence from the words displayed. In quiz mode, students create a sentence that corresponds to the animated picture.

    The program allows you to save word lists and setup options, including accessibility settings, for multiple students. It also records student progress so you can easily track difficulty levels, selection errors and more.

Picture Sentence Key is highly structured using PCS symbols. Within that structure, the student can choose what words will go together to make a sentence.

The meaning in each statement is clearly illustrated by an animated picture. The child constructs sentences by clicking on the Picture Communication Symbols. An option is also provided to display only the words so that the child constructs sentences from words.

You will get best results from students if you use it as part of a wider ongoing program to teach sentences. This involves classroom or therapy time using laminated symbols as manipulatives to build sentences.

When using a wider program, Picture Sentence Key can be used for reinforcement. When a student successfully builds a sentence with animated symbols, the student may be rewarded by allowing him/her to make the sentence on the computer. It is also good to reinforce the sentences with real objects. For example, when the student makes the sentence, “The boy is eating popcorn,” you can give the boy popcorn to eat.

Most of the nouns in the program are food items which are easily found. Picture Sentence Key gives you the flexibility of showing a minimum of pictures: one person, one verb, and one noun, up to a maximum of four people, four verbs, and eight nouns. Start with a small number of pictures and add pictures as the student gains an understanding of the program.

Picture Sentence Key: Quiz Mode Picture

Sentence Key includes a Quiz Mode to aid in evaluating a student’s progress. First a sentence is animated and optionally spoken. Then the student is expected to build the sentence corresponding to the animation. Any incorrect choices are ignored, but errors will be recorded in the data. When the student successfully completes the correct sentence, the animation will be shown again for reinforcement.

Picture Sentence Key includes options for normal and inverse scan for use with single/dual switch devices. In addition, direct access by mouse, touch screen, IntelliKeys USB are supported.

What’s New in Version 2?

Picture Sentence Key now includes the following new features:

  • work with 2-symbol, 3-symbol, or 4-symbol sentences by setting the difficulty level to Easy, Medium, or Hard
  • option for dwell mode access: use with head/eye pointing devices, etc.
  • averages and more details are included in the Score Report
  • scores can be saved to a text file for long-term record keeping
  • teacher options are grouped by tabs for ease-of-use
  • support for Windows XP and more than one library/volume

For students that are not yet ready to create their own sentences, you can use Picture Sentence Match as an introduction.

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System Requirements

  • Windows 95, 98(se), NT4, ME, 2000, XP (not Vista compatible at this time)
  • 64MB RAM
  • 14MB Disk Space
  • 166MHz Processor Speed
  • Sound Card

Picture Sentence Key is targeted at the following age ranges:

  • Early Primary
  • Mid Primary

Picture Sentence Key is designed to foster development in the areas of:

  • Literacy

Users can access Picture Sentence Key in the following ways:

  • Mouse/ Trackball/ Joystick
  • Keyboard
  • IntelliKeys
  • Touchscreen
  • Single Switch
  • Multiple Switches

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