This video is my attempt at a short-as-I-could-make-it partial-summary of our journey to find some sort of communication system for Maya. It starts with a photo of Maya on her 2nd birthday and continues from there. It was kind of amazing to put together.
Answers to anticipated questions:
- The first app that you see is called Proloquo2Go, running on an iPad in the Otterbox Defender case.
- The communication boards and picture cards for the Word Book were created using BoardMaker software.
- The final app that you see, the one that we still currently use, is called Speak for Yourself and is running on an iPad in the AMDi iAdapter case (later footage includes the plastic keyguard that helps her not hit other buttons accidentally).
Our whole story doesn't fit in a 10 minute video, we also used sign language, labeled household objects with pictures, used a modified glove before we had a keyguard, and studied the work of many experts in the field of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) as we went.
We are still a work in progress.
There is no finish line here. I make no claims at having done this perfectly, but we've done this all in the best way that we could figure out.
If you are a parent who is trying to figure out how to start the AAC process with your child, check out this link.
There's more information about our assistive tech journey here.