I have bought 3 iPads in the past 6 weeks. One for my grandson to learn how to communicate. One for my son to be able to help my grandson and one for my daughter who was travelling to Israel. Now I plan to buy one for myself because I realize the wonderful tool that it is and I have 2 students in my center that need speech therapy and one may be on the autism spectrum. I could be using My Talk to help them. I think I could give them the ipad on the weekends to take home and use. My Talk is a wonderful tool to help parents and any family member. I was also thinking it is a good tool for anyone with memory issues like Alzheimer patients. The combination of photo, words and speech would be a powerful asset to assist those with memory issues. I put My Talk on both the iPad and the iiPonhone so that there was duplication of the same goals in 2 different formats - one to use at his desk and one that can travel with him everywhere. I do not view the iPad as a fun toy. It is a great tool for communication and compared to other communication devices, it is inexpensive. It is great that the iPhone is able to utilize the same apps. The iPhone also has a camera that takes the photos of activities my grandson is doing and they can be transferred to the Ipad in several different ways. The iPhone also has a reverse camera feature that enables the user to take photos of themselves - a great feature for those who are learning to identify themselves! I put video clips on the ipad as well.
I am still learning about My Talk and this weekend utiilized the My Talk print board capability and the ability to email the link to family members so that they can see the communication boards created for my grandson on their own computer - including his voice recorded on the ipad in My Talk. They can be in tune with knowing what he is doing in so that we can all be aboard with helping him get communication.
So I am looking forward to having my own ipad so that I can have it available at all times to help more children. My grandson might have made more progress if he had such a tool when he was younger. At 14, I am still trying to help him communicate with his voice but it would have been much easier with early intervention.
Thank you My Talk!
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