Friday, March 1, 2013

Education Friday - iPad Talk Proloquo2 Part 1

Does your child use Proloquo2go on the iPad? 
Here's a discussion among web friends on the topic.
Names have been changed to LITE, BRITE, RITE, QUITE
because I like Lite Brite (good for fine motor) and rhymes.

My child used Proloquo2go on the iPad when his speech was emerging; 
still difficult to understand.It's basically PECs, but on the iPad. He had been 
doing PECS for about 1 1/2 years before starting Proloqo2go. 
A friend’s daughter uses an iPad for communication and is AWESOME with it!! 

We've tried to use Proloquo2go before in the past, 
but we ran into a lot of problems. Proloquo2go has updated the program since, 
and I think it will fix some of our problems (like pushing the button 100 times 
or closing the program and playing other apps). 
But, I'm afraid he will stim on the program and the pictures. 
It almost seemed the program over excited him in the past
 and he wasn't focused on communication. 
I'm wondering if I should stick to PECS because of this.

My child's speech therapist at school felt an iPad would help him 
communicate more clearly and asked for an evaluation. 
The therapist in charge of communication devices evaluated him 
and approved him getting one. 
We have the iPad on loan through Metro schools. 
She trained his therapist, his teacher and us, 
but my kid knows how to navigate it more than I do. 
I truly think it helped his speech and he no longer needs it for communication. 
He does use it for sight words and spelling words. 
He's had it almost 2 years.

I have memories of the thing saying POPCORN 50 times in a row.

I have not seen an iPad. I have seen a DynaVox and similar devices. 
My HUGE problem with them is that every one I've seen is programmed 
JUST for manding and maybe for labeling objects.
If you are going to use a device for communication, make sure there are 
experience sharing words on it. 
Make sure that YOU can have a conversation on it - 
if there are not enough words and phrases on it for YOU to communicate, 
then there are not enough for the child.
A homeschooling friend blogged about using ProLoQuo2Go: 
(I think you'll have to read backwards; the post on top is the last post.)

You do have to start with demands - that's the thing. 
but one would hope the child's communication level would improve over time.
 i think, until the child becomes fluent, it is important to keep the screen clear,
 simple, and motivating. 
The ipad, as an AAC, functions nearly identical as the dynavox, 
but for a fraction of the price. additionally, it is multi-faceted instead of 
having just the one function. 
and, IMO, very importantly - it's COOL and socially appropriate!

Proloquo also has the typing option, so it operates as more
 than just a phrase builder - 
the individual can actually speak through the device, 
should he or she choose to.
Proloquo2go is made to make sentences and has many, many pictures/words, 
plus you can make your own. 
It's basically like having a HUGE PECS library.

 Being able to mand is important. 
A 4 year old that can't ask for what they want to eat is not going 
to be a happy 4 year old. 
And, being able to at least communicate on that level is a huge deal. 
But, I see your point, and that leads me to another question I have. 
How do you communicate back when your child uses an iPad? 
J doesn't necessarily understand just verbally. 
Do you use the iPad to communicate back, picture cards, or just verbally?

You respond the same way you would if he were communicating without it 
- you definitely respond to any level of communication, right? 
also, i can tell you that M understands far more than he is given credit for 
or can exhibit. 
He has been able to show us over time in small ways.

ABSOLUTELY, being able to mand is important! 
But that's all the kids were doing!

Some kids can stay in mands for quite awhile, while the rest catches up
 - my kid was in mands for over 2 (i'd say closer to 3) years. 
He is now in the commenting stage, and it's been fluid and really awesome.
 He makes request in sentence form, 
but commenting is single words. 
i can't tell you how pleasing it is to hear him share his observations with us
 - he comments on car colors, types, food, etc
 - when we are driving around or watching tv. i love it. 

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