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Adaptive Technology Project


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Adaptive Technology Project

  2. 2. What? <ul><ul><li>Speaking Dynamically Pro (SD Pro) is a communication software that uses a computer as a speech-output device and can create interactive educational activities. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Where? <ul><ul><li>Speaking Dynamically Pro (SD Pro) costs $363.00 and can be ordered online at </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Who? <ul><ul><li>An individual with a speech output problem, such as, an articulation or phonological disorder. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence shows the program can help cerebral palsy students by allowing them to build grids of buttons a mouse can activate to get a speaking voice or sound effect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This software was also tested on children with Autism and found to be more successful than other software in helping them with their speech output. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall, with any communication disorder having the ability to record your voice, hear it back, and having the option of text to speech would be beneficial. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why? <ul><li>Reasons to use... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The SD Pro has interactive activities to improve reading and writing, create student portfolios, schedules, dictionaries, and more. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users, especially students, with communication disorders need schedules and extra help. This software will give them that help. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps actively involve students in a classroom setting by teaching and reviewing curriculum concepts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It gives the user assessments on the computer, and has training on using symbols and dynamic displays. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also comes with many features and capabilities. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Features <ul><ul><li>Text to speech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recorded speech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pop-up boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board-change indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to link boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to print messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Random responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invisible buttons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abbreviation expansion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word prediction with customizable dictionaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special text buttons for text users to set up their own conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build sentences with symbols or text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to highlight words as it reads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to play QuickTime® movies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to launch other programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Button magnification for low vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizable auditory and visual scanning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 90 sample boards </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Capabilities <ul><ul><li>Play movies and launch other programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizable auditory and visual scanning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combined picture and message display (which lets you put pictures and text in the same display) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word processing features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special text buttons that make it easy to set up and save conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setups which allow a person using switches to easily open and save things without using system software </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits <ul><ul><li>The software has different access methods that include the ability to use a mouse, touch screen, joystick, trackball, head pointing device, alternate keyboard, or switch. This is a benefit because some users will have more than a speech problem. So, if they are unable to use one access method there is at least 6 other choices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The software focuses on, not only speech, but education. It can be used in the classroom setting as a learning tool and assisting the user with socializing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is also different age-appropriate categories of pictures available, so it fits that particular users needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A tool used for creating interactive activities, which gives the user a chance to communicate and this is key to improve a speech problem. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Benefits (cont.) <ul><ul><li>Can be used by verbal or non-verbal users. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used on a laptop computer or a portable touch screen device, which makes it easy to use in hospitals and nursing homes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your own digital pictures from a digital camera for your boards. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. References <ul><ul><li>Cook, A. M., Dobbs, B. M., Warren , S., & Mckeever, R. (2005). Measuring target acquisition utilizing madentec’s tracker system in individuals with cerebral palsy. Technology and Disability, 17(3), 155-163. Retrieved October 5, 2008, from Academic Search Premiere. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feature and idea overview for speaking dynamically pro version 5.x for windows (2008). Retrieved October 18, 2008, from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mirenda, P. (2003). Toward functional augmentative and alternative communication for students with autism. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools , 34, 203-216. Retrieved October 5, 2008, from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speaking dynamically pro (1999). Retrieved October 7, 2008, from </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Images provided by Microsoft PowerPoint Clip Art </li></ul>