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About .Michelle.

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  1. Incredibly, in his last session today he approximated lizard, fish, and bear, and he made bear and elephant sounds (complete with the hand motion for the elephant sound). I'm kind of in shock right now.
  2. Thank you both! I don't mind him watching during meals, so he's been on the first Quick Start video this morning. He spontaneously signed fish and said "shhhh" which is pretty big for him. :)
  3. I decided to sign up for the trial today. Does anyone have any experience with this?
  4. Full retraction.
  5. Unless the early 1800s were an anomaly, the majority of people were literate from colonial times on. This page has info on illiteracy from the 1870s on. In 1870, only 20% of the population over 14 were deemed illiterate. For whites over 14, it was 11.5%. For minorities, though, it was just shy of 80%.
  6. This map shows the mean center of population from 1790 to 2010:
  7. Sigh. Me too. But it would be so worth it to have a systematic literacy program all laid out for me. I spent most of yesterday afternoon going through various reading programs and trying to see if I could translate them to his ProLoquo app. It was very frustrating.
  8. I may wind up investing in this program. I've forwarded the information to our BCBA to see what she thinks about my son using it.
  9. SafenSound Mobile posted a link to this on their FB wall. I need to look through all the materials, but this may be the systematic AAC program I've been looking for.
  10. Our neurodevelopmental pediatrician has always emphasized that neural plasticity with regards to language development is there up to about 12 years old. He was overjoyed when our son began using purposeful sounds this year (he's six next month). Just that little step forward was enough for him to give us a good prognosis for functional language down the road.
  11. We started him with an iPad and the app, but after a while his therapists asked us to consider the iPod for greater mobility. I was initially concerned about the screen size, but he's surprised us all with how well he's able to move through the screens to find what he wants. His strengths have always been visual/perceptive. He has picked up new pictures on his device very quickly. It took a long time for him to grasp what he needed to do, but when it clicked, it really clicked. A huge amount of his therapy time is spent on him using his device and it's definitely paid off.
  12. He has an iPod with the ProLoquo2go app. We also got him a Gab'n'Go harness for it from safensoundmobile. It keeps the iPod right where he needs it and we don't have to worry about him losing it. It's worked out very nicely. I recently ordered a second refurbished iPod so we can always have one on the charger and ready to go.
  13. Following. We also have a nonverbal child with autism. His ABA therapists have been working with him on using his device and he's great at scanning through it to make requests. We also discovered very recently that all our work on his letters has sunk in and he's able to label them all correctly. I just wish I had a systematic program for teaching that I could use. I feel like I'm kind of flailing around.
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