Wednesday, October 20, 2010

iPad communication device?

Which one of you told me about a communication device for speech impaired individuals? Was it for an iPad or iPhone? What is it called and how would I find it?

10 comments:

Kimberly said...

I know that some people use the PEC's program on an ipad. I would look into that, there are several communication programs that could be used on an ipad, an iphone or ipod would have a too small of a screen.I hope that helps.

Claire said...

I know of 2 apps for ipad or iphone or itouch. I think it depends on the dexterity of the child and how much you want spend as to which you go for.

Proloquo 2 has had excellent reviews but is around $200.

Voice4U is harder to program, but cheaper.

Here is a link which has reviewed many more:

http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/new-technologies/2010/07/iphoneipad-apps-for-aac/

Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Proloquo is wonderful! One of the girls I work for has it on a itouch. Again, it depends on fine motor activity for if you go for the ipad vs the itouch. One of the major perks about it is that it is so much cheaper than a traditional communication device. As an added bonus it looks "cool" and is a lot less bulky to carry around. It also is a lot easier to fix an apple product at any apple store than it is to send away a pricier device and wait for months for it to be fixed.

Hope this helps a bit!

Charissa said...

Thanks! That definitely helps!

Amanda said...

Email Kim from hishandshisfeettoday.blogspot
one of her daughters has communication problems.

Claire said...

Also look at this blog: http://www.schuylersmonsterblog.com/

JKI said...

Hi Charissa,

Iza uses the Proloquo2 program on an Ipad. We decided on the Ipad as opposed to the Ipod touch as the icons are much larger, which she really needed as she is still working on fine motor. She took to it immediately! She LOVES it. We bought a case called the Otterbox for Ipad to protect it. None of this was that cheap, but worth every penny in our case. She has been playing a spelling game called first words deluxe independently for about 25 minutes now while I work from home today... (this is a nonverbal child who we thought could barely identify her letters and has an attention span of about 2 minutes tops normally). So, yeah, it was worth it! Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Kelly

JKI said...

Actually its full name is "Proloquo2go" (I left off the "go") once you get the hang of it, very easy to program and work with.

JKI said...

Oh, another PS-- Iza takes her Ipad to church and her church "buddy's" (autism teacher who volunteers to be Iza's aide) kids LOVE her Ipad. I heard them saying "Iza, this is SO cool" Now we see them at Iza's school and they say hi and tell the other kids "Oh that's my friend Iza". It has been a great inclusion piece as other kids think its cool, as opposed to bulky and weird like other devices.

Can you tell I'm a little excited about it? lol

Angela said...

My son has autism and uses his Ipad to communicate. We also use Proloquo2go. It's pretty awesome and he loves it. It's way cheaper than other speech devices and does so much more. I think it's defenitely worth the purchase. Do absolutely purchase an OtterBox case for it though. While they are quite sturdy (trust me I know) they need to be protected.