In this presentation, you will learn what Alexicom AAC is, how to access your communication pages on your iPad and on our Internet-based AAC server, and the basics of programming in the app and "in the cloud".
Alexicom AAC - How to Access and Edit Pages in the App and "in the Cloud"
Staci Neustadt, M.S., CCC-SLP September 25th, 2012
Tonight you will learn…. What Alexicom AAC is How to access your child’s communication pages (via iPad/internet) Programming the Alexicom app on the iPad and in “the cloud”
Alexicom Tech Created the first internet-based, but not dependent, AAC system (patent-pending) iOS and Android apps – load on all of your technology to use everywhere! Alexicom AAC app – full access/full language app Privilege of Pieceful Solution students Covered by DDD if recommended by an AAC evaluator
Alexicom AAC app Many language page sets Page sets selected to best meet your child’s needs Need to be personalized Can use symbols or “real” pictures
Personalize… 1,2,3…..1. Edit/Create2. Publish3. Use
Creating a page:in the free iOS and Android apps In the app, go to the “Select a Page” tab Select “Edit” on top left (may need to enable in Settings) Edit an existing page by selecting a page from the list Create a new page by pressing “[+]” on the right ○ Give the new page a name, specify number of rows and columns and picture size Edit the cells on the page just as you would on the internet. Just press “Edit” on any cell to edit its content. Take a picture with the device camera or select an image from your saved albums, including pictures saved from the web Add a label and/or spoken text Optionally link to another page
Creating a page: iOSPage list in app Creating a new page in the app
Editing an existing page Determine the page name (usually categorical such as school, food, snacks) Select your child’s name as the “client” and then select the page from the alphabetical pull down menu
Editing/creating on the website –http://www.alexicomaac.com
Publishing To use pages you have created on-line you must “publish” the pages first through the app *NOT THE WEB
Ways to identify/plan messagesand vocabulary:Sentence-based messages Sentence-based messages are those which need to be communicated quickly and will get immediate response from the communication partner. “Can I go to the bathroom?” “I need help, please.” “My pencil broke. Can I sharpen it?” These are examples of sentence-based messages that may have implications for the regular classroom. Comments may also be sentence-based. “That’s cool.” “Oh, gross!”Care should be taken in selecting and programmingcomments that are age appropriate and ones heard bytypical peers. Listen to students for suggestions!!*Caution! Too many sentence-based messages will limit the student’sunderstanding of language and the ability to create self-generatedmessage forms.
Identify/Plan messages, cont’dPhrasesPhrases are “starters” that will becompleted with a student’s choice. “Ilike…” “I want…” “Can I have….?”Phrases are usually based on a situationwhere scripted conversation is useful.For a student who has potential to selfgenerate sentences, this is a keystrokereduction for a longer form that is availablein the word-based vocabulary.
Identify/Plan messages, cont’dWordsWords in an AAC system are the most powerful means for thestudent to self-create.However, words must be well planned into an organization systemthat allows for access (memory of where the needed vocabulary islocated)Many AAC devices come with pre-programmed vocabularypackages.The tendency is to start a student with lots of “nouns”.However, nouns are not the most common words used by typicalspeaking children.Think of teaching words in ways that they can be combined togenerate a “sentence.”You may want to use this word list to help you think about howthese words are used by other children within the classroomactivities.
Tips Keep consistent placement to encourage motor planning Put vocabulary in the appropriate category Use vocabulary your child or a child would use, not what we want them to use Make vocabulary age appropriate
Settings in the free appsAuditory output on selectionAuto load home page Disable from main iPad Settings!Edit & delete enable/disableScanning Auto-scan, step-scan Linear, row/column scanning Auditory Scanning Scan speed 0.5 - 8 s Hold time 0.01 - 1 s Scan sound Include header buttons in scan Direct touch only (keeps keyboard from popping up in scan mode)
Settingsin the free appsScreen settings Highlight selected cell Adjust frame width Zoom/bounce on/off 1x-3x cell magnification for scan/touchText-to-Speech settings Onboard TTS Speak each word Male/female voices Adjust pitch, speed, varianceWord prediction 150,000 word library Learn new words Track frequency of work use Prompt for dictionary reset
Fun Friday! “Like” Alexicom Tech on Facebook for Fun Friday activities posted once or more a month Username funfriday, password funfriday Publish pages to your iPad and link them to an existing page
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