Monday, February 15, 2010
Exciting New Communication Device!
If you have an apraxic child, this just might be the ticket! A Speech Therapist brought this to my attention and I think it looks GREAT. Nearly EVERY kid has a Nintendo DS, so they fit right in with other kids, instead of lugging around a Dynavox/Dynamite. It is portable, and socially appropriate. You can add a "regular" voice instead of a robot. It is just $100 a year (if you already have the DS) and has a 30 day trial period.
Now, I DO understand that some people want speech at any cost. But COMMUNICATION is more important. This allows the child to COMMUNICATE, so EVERYONE can understand, not just those close to him/her. Speech can be worked on, in conjunction with this, but apraxia is much harder to fix than dsypraxia. Most people with apraxia will never have even, graceful speech. They may be able to label things, but carrying on a verbal conversation is nearly impossible. Using a communication device, that is user friendly, is a step to beginning conversations. Check out Carly Fleischmann. She has conversations through her typing.
The speechie has a client who has ordered this and will let me know how they like it. I'll keep you posted.