I wanted to share a video of Cooper’s talking device.
Cooper has been using it at school for a little over 3 months and we are just starting to use it at home. Much like everything else I find it to be a little overwhelming. Sometimes I feel like it’s just ‘another’ thing we are trying. But in saying that his speech therapists are RAVING about his successes with it. He can say up to 6 word sentences. An example would be: ‘I want to eat yogurt please.’
It’s amazing to watch him talk with it. Now in saying that at home we are not as successful. He is silly and pretends like he doesn’t know what he is doing. He will press a dozen buttons and listen to it talk. And then throw it.And I usually get smacked in the face a few times. But we are going to keep at it because I can really see the benefits. This iPad is giving him a voice that is more than screaming and grunting.
He is so silly….
Here is an email I received from Cooper’s AMAZING speech therapist. This mama was thrilled.
I just had to let you know how great Cooper is! He is just one of the lights of my life!
Here is the story: we were in speech working on our sounds. We finished a set of 7 sounds, so I it was Cooper’s choice, and he used his device to tell “I want to watch movies.” Perfect! I gave him the iPad with the videos pre-loaded in Safari and I leant over to write down how he did on his sounds. He turned on the Animal video (link below) and started using his device to sing along with the songs completely spontaneously!!! The lyrics include the names of several animals, and he started labeling all the animals with the song and giggling his head off! It was amazing! The puppets would say “I hear a duck” and he would navigate to “duck” like lightening!
We also played this game with the Bath Song, with him labeling all the body parts they name. Here are the songs we watched:
Kate, he is so great and so eager to use his words when he is in speech! He is totally using his feelings words to talk about emotions and he greets me with “Hi Laura” when he sees me! I’ve also noticed an increase in his frequency of vocalizations in the last few weeks.
I know you’re still (completely understandably!) hesitant about using his iPad for speech, but here are a couple of ideas on how you can play with it for a few minutes per day:
- Snacks/Meals: Add buttons for all his choices, and let him pick what he wants to eat. You can start by just prompting him to use 1 button to request (e.g. “crackers”), then move on to “I want” + [item], and, eventually, “I want” “to” “eat” [item]
- Reading: Add buttons for his favorite books and prompt him to request specific books.
- Labeling: Cooper is labeling animals, vehicles, and body parts like a boss! You can prompt him to label any of these things when he sees them on puzzles, in books, etc. You can even just play short 3 minute games, where you ask him to find certain words like specific colors or body parts (e.g. “Cooper, tell me ‘red!’) to help him practice finding his words.