This week Jenna at Speech Room News is hosting a linky party highlighting technology!
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) is one of my areas of interest – so technology is right up my alley!
1) I LOVE high-tech AAC devices. The Vantage and Vantage Lite both have a special place in my heart. I’m so sad they are no longer being produced, but hey.. technology is ever-changing and I’m sure the newer devices are even better. As a student I was soooo fortunate to be able to participate in the Perlman Center’s summer camps at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The Perlman Center specializes in treating children with cerebral palsy. Most of the kids I worked with used a Vantage and I became very familiar with the unity symbol system. Currently, I have a student who has a Vantage Lite and I also have one borrowed from a local agency. I occasionally use it with a student who has a severe speech sound disorder. I think it’s very important for children who are highly unintelligible to have alternative means for communication. Here is my loaner device charging up for next week!
2) Proloquo2go: I have a few students who are currently using this AAC app and they really like it (so it has grown on me!). The iPad has so much appeal as a communication device. Here we are working on following directions and formulating sentences:
3) iPad – it makes an occasional appearance in my therapy! It’s great to change things up and it’s so awesome to see my students’ faces when I surprise them with it.
What are your favorites?
On another note, my iPhone just hit a 5% charge….. things are about to get real! haha
Have a great weekend!