Seems like he would be a perfect candidate for AAC.
George would really benefit from having a robust AAC system, and AAC users would really benefit from seeing a popular cartoon character learn to use an AAC system.
So, without further ado . . . Curious George gets a talker.
This is a 20 page (plus a cover and an intro page) book in which Curious George experiences communication challenges, receives a talker, learns to use it (with modeling help) and has new communicative success.
(Disclaimer: Curious George and associated art is by Margret & H.A. Rey and their artists. I've just inserted some talkers and wrote a story around the pictures. This "book" is a printable homemade PowerPoint project, not an actual text to order.)
The entire thing is available as a free downloadable powerpoint file here.
When we thought Maya might need hearing aids, a lovely friend of mine sent us a stuffed animal that wore hearing aids. Maya loved it, it made the hearing aids seem cool and fun, and it was a great jumping off point for discussion. I hope that this book serves a similar purpose for some AAC users, their families, their friends and classmates, and the professionals that serve them.
PS. I'll post a few behind-the-scenes photos of the making of this book on the Uncommon Sense Facebook page in the next day or two. I'm sure tech people will cringe at my very very low tech production.
As a side note, I experimented with whether to include quote bubbles coming out of the talker (quotes from George or from communication partners who are modeling). On one hand, the story is about gaining a new voice, and it seems important to hear that voice. On the other, I felt like it would be more beneficial for readers to leave that to the imagination---it provides a discussion point on each page ("What do you think George is saying to the librarian?") and an opportunity for the readers to add to the story.