The impact of VAS and AAC charts on student focus
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This action research study investigates the use of visual activity schedules (VAS) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) charts in a first-grade classroom in Washington State to increase the amount of time that students are on-task during independent and whole group assignments. Students tend to display decreased on-task behavior when transitioning from one activity to another within the academic day, leading to a decreased amount of time spent learning within the classroom. Current research shows that by utilizing VAS and AAC charts within the classroom it will positively impact on-task behaviors regardless of transition. Based on current research, implementing VAS and AAC charts throughout the classroom with every student should increase on-task behavior within the classroom throughout the entire academic day.