I’ve got a couple of posts drafted about AAC (I think my epitaph will read ‘She had a post drafted about this’) but I just had to share with you the initial successes I’ve had using Proloquo2Go (P2G) with Owen.
An extremely kind friend gifted the app to me to use at home with Owen and another friend gave me an iTunes card which covered the taxes on the app. Owen’s started using P2G at school but with the move I didn’t get everything to the SLP on time for her to program it for me to use at home. So, armed with some fabulous information and help from another friend (have I mentioned I have the best online friends?!) I programmed it myself. Here’s what we’ve started with:
He picked up ‘more’ and ‘all done’ very quickly when using at meal times so I’m working on generalizing those words to other settings and adding ‘I’ and ‘want’. He’s been using ‘I want’ at school but I want him to learn that they’re separate words (rebel that I am).
The other words are all new to him as his AAC until now has been focused on nouns and requesting and I’m moving him to using core words instead. Reading books is one of his favourite activities so ‘read’ is a must for him to learn and I thought I could leverage his love of books into helping him expand his vocabulary.
I picked The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle as it’s one of his current favourites and thought I’d use that to introduce the word ‘not’ to him. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the book, on each page the ladybug tries to pick a fight with animals that are progressively bigger. When the animal doesn’t back down the ladybug says ‘Oh, you’re not big enough’ and flies off. So the word ‘not’ is repeated frequently.
I modelled that we were going to ‘read’ the book using P2G and then used the app to say the word ‘not’ for a few pages. As you’ll see, Owen not only started using ‘not’ very quickly but he also threw ‘stop’ and ‘read’ into the mix for good measure! Check out the video – I’m so proud of him and you’ll see at the end that he’s pretty chuffed with himself as well.
For those of you that are wondering, yes, Owen’s glasses are broken. As we don’t have any insurance I’m waiting until our home sale closes to get him a new pair. Given he is long sighted I’m even more impressed at how well he’s doing with P2G. Also, yes, that’s my iPad – I programmed the app on my device to see how it would go and as he seems to be doing well with this set up I’m going to share it with his.