We have a ten-year-old daughter with undiagnosed intellectual disabilities and developmental delay. She is non-verbal and just learning to use a dynamic display to communicate. My husband and I are both very firm believers in taking advantage of standard technology to meet the needs of our daughter. We do not want her tied to one device.
We explored many of the AAC apps available from iTunes including building one of our own as part of our own Internet service - Parlerai. While they all have their pros and cons, MyTalk is currently the best fit for our daughter for several reasons.
First, it provides the ability to sync multiple devices via the Internet. This means that our daughter has access to her boards on her iPad, my iPad, my husband's iPhone, her brother's iPhone and the school's iPad. In addition, if one of these devices goes missing or breaks, we have several alternatives ready to go immediately.
Second, the boards are available off-line. A couple of other programs could only be used with an Internet connection. While this may be reasonable in the near future, right now, we need off-line access.
Third, the display layout is very flexible. We are experimenting with the number and size of choices our daughter can handle. Being able to customize this on a board specific basis has been a big help.
Fourth, we can upload any symbols/pictures we choose. We are not tied to any one symbol set.
Fifth and most important, MyTalk is relatively easy to master - especially given the helpful tutorial videos and the very responsive customer service :)
Finally, the developer of MyTalk is committed to continuously improving and adding to the system. We were very happy to see the addition of a back cell!
Thank you for providing the best fit for our daughter. It is opening a new world for her.
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