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Assistive Technology and Acquisition of Skills for Written Expression. District 75 Citywide Speech Services Prepared by Z. Volkin , M.S., C.C.C.-SLP. Challenges. Physical limitations/inability to use traditional writing tools, Spelling difficulties,
District 75 Citywide Speech Services
Prepared by Z. Volkin, M.S., C.C.C.-SLP
From Prentke Romich: http://www.prentrom.com/
SpringBoard, SpringBoard Lite, Vantage, Vantage Lite, Vanguard, Eco2
From Dynavox Technologies:http://www.dynavoxtech.com/products/maestro :
Maestro, V, Vmax, MT4, DV4, Express, MiniMo, MightyMo
How do they address writing skills?
AAC devices allow for the same process of learning how to write as in typically developing children, which is by pairing a picture with a word.
Most of these devices, old and new, have a message window, an area where selected pictures/ words go and remain displayed while the person is constructing his or her message. According to the level of the student, these devices can be set up to allow few or many words and pictures to go into a message window when selected by a user. In essence, it is a talking sentence strip that can changed and used repeatedly just like during a writing process
-in typically developing children, writing begins with drawing a picture and making a statement about it. Using a message window, gives AAC user the same opportunity, enhanced by a verbal feedback.
-adding pictures paired with words one by one (bubbles, more bubbles, blow more bubbles, I blow more bubbles) teaches students to form sentences and express their ideas clearly,
-use of the message window allows for a much needed practice of “writing” while the student is communicating (requesting, commenting, describing, answering questions, etc.)
-most of the devices can be set up to provide an auditory feedback during writing process at various levels (letter, word, sentence). Choose one appropriate for your student.
-some of the devices have a word prediction feature which allows students with emerging spelling abilities choose the word they intended to write independently, and experiences success!!
-a message window to construct/write phrases and sentences;
-on-screen keyboards with texts-to-speech feature,
-various levels of word prediction,
-various levels of auditory feedback,
In addition, some of the apps offer:
-an option of adding pictures to already written text (“symbolate” in Proloquo2Go);
-an option to open and use previously written text (“History” in SonoFlex, “recent” in Proloquo2Go)