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About ravinlunachick

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  1. He uses ProLoQuo2Go. http://www.assistiveware.com/product/proloquo2go
  2. ElizabethB, I'll look into Read Write Type some more. That looks like it might be a little bit beyond him now, but perhaps in the near future it could be a good fit. PuddleJumper, I stumbled upon the Discrete Video Modeling. Actually, I accidentally clicked an ad on Facebook for Gemiini (not a typo), LOL. I looked at it and was skeptical, and mostly forgot about it for a while. In the meantime, my son's addiction to surprise egg YouTube videos grew and grew. I just thought he liked looking at the unboxing of new toys, but as it turns out, it's much more than that for him. He began to play
  3. Rosie, I mean that only my husband and I know what most of his signs are; a third party would have trouble or find it impossible, because his fingers aren't positioned right, or he is only doing the vaguest copy of any motion involved. Attempts to get him to be more careful and accurate have failed, for the most part. Also, using the app gives him a voice. Using ASL would mean he could only communicate with someone who knows ASL. Using the app or typed text (or eventually even written, as his handwriting develops) means anyone who can read or hear can communicate with him. The sensor
  4. We don't rely on ASL, because he isn't accurate enough. He is fairly fluent with his communication app, but has begun wanting to type, rather than page through categories to find the word symbol he wants. This is huge, as it has been suggested by SLPs over the years that he may come to rely on typing rather than talking. Typing (as opposed to relying on the app) would also open up the Internet for him. I need to encourage this. The "nonverbal" label has always puzzled me. He's had it because he can't speak at all, but it obviously doesn't apply across the board, or he wouldn't be able to
  5. We've had ds home for a little over a month now. He has both amazed and confounded me, lol. I can't get him to do anything that even remotely resembles school work (no worksheets, handwriting pages, school-y apps, etc), but he has been making great efforts to write and type messages to me for the first time ever. Note: He is nonverbal, in that he can't speak, but he uses a communication app and some signs. His receptive language is only a couple years behind his age. For example, he had a major freak-out and meltdown when I logged into ABC Mouse a few days after we brought him home. He had
  6. I just signed up a couple weeks ago, and we have been easing into it. My son has suddenly started attempting to say his sister's name (Lilly) after watching the names video I made for him. He also spontaneously tried to say, "slow" when he wanted me to push him on the swing, even though that wasn't in any of his videos. I think watching the close-ups without distractions has him willing to attempt to copy in a way he never has before. Even if he never speaks, though, we are seeing dramatic improvement in his understanding of prepositions, which is fantastic. He has worked on those in trad
  7. We brought our son home. The battles with his school were just too much to take any longer. He hated going, so badly that he would cry and try to vomit in the morning to stay home. :( Tomorrow will make a week since we decided not to send him back, and I have to say that I haven't seen him this happy in a long, long time. We're still trying to fit him into our daily school routines, but I have faith that we'll find our groove soon. It's incredibly freeing; this is the first time since my oldest began ps 4K in 2008 that we have been completely free of the school's calendar. Our days seem so
  8. Perhaps this is my own bias showing, but I disagree very strongly that ASL is always preferable to AAC for a hearing child. AAC devices provide a voice, in a native language. Anyone who speaks the language can understand. How many people know ASL well enough to carry on a conversation or quickly assess an emergency medical need? If a kid is living primarily in a hearing community, then I think having a voice is important. Obviously, the reverse would be true if you were mostly around Deaf people. The key, I think, is speed. People become impatient with stutterers for the same reason they b
  9. happycc, I encourage you to look at a GoTalk device. They come in different sizes, from 4 pictures up to 20+, and they are very, very durable. You can find used ones on eBay cheaply. They are simple to program and create sheets for if you buy the software CD. We sold my son's GoTalk20 when he became frustrated that it didn't have what he wanted to say. He moved on to an iPad with ProLoQuo2Go, which is a phenomenal app. We stashed the iPad in an Otterbox and never looked back. I am not exaggerating when I say it was life changing for my son. He knew so much, and was far more intellige
  10. I stumbled across this website today and thought that many here might find it useful, particularly as you can choose the specific skill you are looking to work on (pincer grasp, crossing midline, fine motor strength, etc.). http://therapystreetforkids.com/index.html
  11. My son uses an app called ProLoQuo2Go on an iPod (started on an iPad till his fine motor was better). I am not exaggerating a bit when I say it has been life changing. He can't speak at all, and there's so much that he knew and we had no idea until he began using p2G.
  12. Try looking into the AL abacus as used in RightStart Math. Even if you don't use the curriculum, the abacus is unique and provides an excellent way to visualize quantities, as well as a useful alternative to C-rods. Here is a video of a webinar regarding the AL Abacus. http://youtu.be/0_mxSZ_dGmw Eta: You can buy the abacus as an app for $1.99. I don't think it is a substitute for the actual abacus, but it might give you a quick and easy way to try it out.
  13. The article says that the creator is dyslexic. Perhaps there is a spectrum of dyslexia, and some have more trouble with reflections than others.
  14. I nearly posted this on the Learning Challenges board, but I think many kids could benefit from a typeface that reduces mirrored letters. :) I suppose for a child's own production, cursive would be the easiest, but if this helps with typewritten reading, I'm all for it. http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/09/christian-boer-dyslexie-typeface-dyslexia-easier-reading-istanbul-design-biennial-2014/
  15. I'm not sure about the ages of your students, but the News-o-Matic app is a good source of daily news for elementary-aged kids.
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