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Phoenix4725 Mon 01-Jun-09 19:30:27

took ds to see specialist salt and tried some communcation aids out .ds caught on fast and must admit was odd hearing it.But he found them to slow with having to switch the boards all the time and he switched to signing as could get his point across quicker.

Am in 2 minds if go ahead with communcation aid can see him getting more frustrated with it as not quick enough .

has anyone else tried them or decided to stick with the makton.

He does have motor control issues but can operate tracker ball ok his signs arnt perfect but are recognisable.Have wonderd about maybe switching him to Bsl as its more complete anyone else thought of it

saintlydamemrsturnip Mon 01-Jun-09 20:22:18

I would do both.

We use a VOCA, Makaton, tapping (I say x or y tapping in separate places as I say x and Y and then he touches the spot representing the word), photos, typing, pictures. IE Anything!

I saw an article today about a child who has used an itouch with a special app. I am about to search (as I have an itouch).

saintlydamemrsturnip Mon 01-Jun-09 20:22:35

oh and PECS of course!

vicky275 Mon 01-Jun-09 20:22:42

they wanted my ds to have a speech board but after much thight we decied agaist it for two reasons one it was not quick enought o give him what he wanted and i yhought it might stop him talking altogther we went with signing and even though he has fine and gross motor skills delays its going really well

Phoenix4725 Mon 01-Jun-09 20:30:46

Thank you
.We do use pecs to suprised me how quick he picked it up yes and makton took long time for him to pick up but now he has hes flying with it sat down and worked out he has around 100 signs he is using

vicky ds was getting frustarted with ones we tried today was looking for one that might work with laptop and as clicks on something opens another page up rather than having to change the boards

oh that sounds intresting Saintlydamemrsturnip lol what mouthfull .If you find it would you send me the link .yes when reading simple stories i touch each words as i say it so he gets idea the sound links with the written word

glitteryb6 Mon 01-Jun-09 20:33:27

this is the app for the iphone and ipod touch

Phoenix4725 Mon 01-Jun-09 20:48:50

that loo#ks really intresti#ng been thinking getting iphone , wonderinf if cheaper to buy in the states

Phoenix4725 Mon 01-Jun-09 20:51:01

that is what looking for rather than keep switching boards and is lot smaller to

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