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The Dyna Vox Vmax+

  1. 1. The DynaVox Vmax+<br />The Future of <br />Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices <br />By:<br />Tawanna Saxton<br />
  2. 2. What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?<br /> The term augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is used to define all forms of communication other than oral speech.<br />Augmentative and alternative communication ranges from:<br />Gestures<br />Sign Languages<br />Facial Expressions<br />Picture/Symbol Boards<br />Computerized Systems<br />In many cases, individuals with severe speech or language problems use AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. <br />Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. <br />
  3. 3. What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?<br />Two Categories:<br />Aided vs. Unaided <br />Unaided Communication- relies on the user’s body to convey messages. <br />Vocalizations<br /> Gestures<br />Sign language<br />Head nods<br />Eye gaze<br />Aided Communication- relies on the use of tools or equipment in addition to the user's body.<br />Paper and Pencil<br />Laptop Computers<br />Speech Synthesizers<br />
  4. 4. What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?<br />Usually, many nonspeaking individuals use a combination of both aided and unaided methods.<br />Many AAC devices have been shown to enhance:<br />Communication<br />Social interaction <br />School performance<br />Feelings of self-worth<br />AAC techniques and devices have become more and more prevalent in educational settings. <br />Click on the picture above to view a video on AAC technology.<br />
  5. 5. The DynaVox Company<br />Leading provider of AAC devices.<br />Specializes in speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software.<br />Products are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs.<br />“Our mission is to enable our customers to realize their full communication and education potential by developing industry-leading devices, software and content and by providing the services to support them.”<br />
  6. 6. The DynaVox Vmax+<br />
  7. 7. The DynaVox Vmax+<br />A customizable, touch-screen system that gives augmented communicators both flexibility and freedom.<br />Combines the power of a personal computer with advanced AAC technology to generate speech.<br />The device provides individuals with communication disabilities the opportunity to communicate efficiently with people at home, in school, or around the world. <br />
  8. 8. General Features<br />The Vmax+ comes equipped with Series 5 Software that makes this product valuable to individuals of all ages and abilities. <br />This device is an excellent solution for individuals who wish to:<br />Increase audio clarity, voice projection and intelligibility <br />Accelerate communication using Phrase Prediction technology<br />Manage music with Mp3 functionality that supports various audio files and formats<br />Utilize Microsoft-compatible software applications on a standard (open) device and access the internet<br />Develop language and literacy skills<br />Operate numerous bilingual options<br />USA English<br />UK English<br />Latin American Spanish <br />French Canadian <br />
  9. 9. Composition & Communication Features<br />The Vmax+ utilizes various time-saving techniques that allow users to quickly compose and communicate a message in any context while avoiding unnecessary navigation. <br />Time-saving Techniques:<br />Phrase Prediction: assigns collections of phrases to concepts , making them easily accessible<br />Word Morphology: revises parts of speech to ensure that communication is always appropriate <br />Symbolate: allows user to automatically assign symbols to the text in Message Window<br />Keyboard Compatibilities<br />Built-In Spell Checker<br />Pre-loaded, Synthesized Voices Included<br />
  10. 10. Computer Capabilities <br />Many augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users have educational, professional and personal reasons to use a computer.<br />Some features include: <br />Drag and Drop Features<br />Windows 7<br />Internet and Email<br />Text Messaging<br />E-book Reader<br />On-screen keyboard <br /> and mouse controls<br />
  11. 11. Educational Possibilities?<br />
  12. 12. Educational Possibilities <br />An estimated 5% of school-aged children have speech and language disorders that impact their lives everyday.<br />The DynaVox Vmax+ is a speech generating devices that has the ability to foster independence both inside and outside the classroom by helping people overcome their speech, language and learning disabilities.<br />Language skills improve<br />Social skills improve<br />Teachers can use this device in schools to provide students with the opportunity to express themselves and communicate with the people around them.<br />Students who use the DynaVox Vmax+ will have the ability to engage in conversations that are no longer limited to one-word responses .<br />
  13. 13. The Inclusive Classroom<br />
  14. 14. Inclusive Classrooms<br />Students with speech and language disorders can use this tool to build communication and language skills. <br />This speech generating device gives a voice to students who are unable to speak as a result of severe cognitive or physical limitations due to:<br /> Traumatic brain injury<br />Cerebral palsy<br />Autism<br />
  15. 15. Teacher Accessibility <br />Teachers who work with students who struggle to participate in common activities because of severe communication challenges can gain access to the DynaVox Vmax+ by following these steps:<br /><ul><li>Identify Solution
  16. 16. Find Local Sales Consultant (LSC)
  17. 17. Identify Funding
  18. 18. Medicare
  19. 19. Medicaid
  20. 20. Private Insurance
  21. 21. School Grants
  22. 22. Obtain Product Training
  23. 23. Online Web Classes
  24. 24. Online Tutorials
  25. 25. Professional Development Workshops
  26. 26. Downloadable Implementation Tool Kit</li></li></ul><li>Accessibility<br />Funding Process Overview<br />
  27. 27. Highlights of the DynaVox Vmax+<br />Means of expressing wants, needs, and ideas<br />Promotes social interaction<br />Fosters independence<br />Increases learning<br />Decreases frustration and isolation<br />
  28. 28. Downfalls of the DynaVox Vmax+<br />Very costly: $8,500.<br />DynaVox EyeMax Accessory costs an additional $7,000.<br />Requires sufficient time to learn how to use correctly.<br />AAC is slower than communicating with intelligible speech.<br />Malfunctions can leave users without any communication tools.<br />
  29. 29. My Classroom<br />Impact of the DynaVox Vmax+<br />Adheres to the needs of students<br />Develops independence <br />Promotes active engagement<br />Allows the teacher to incorporate creative and innovative instructional practices<br />Boardmaker®<br />Create and adapt symbol-based printed activities that benefit all students.<br />Materials will reinforce common educational, behavioral, and functional living skills.<br />The focus is on students’ abilities, not disabilities<br />
  30. 30. Online Resources<br />DynaVox Technology<br />http://www.dynavoxtech.com/<br /> This website showcases the world's leading provider of augmentative and alternative communication products and speech generating devices for disabilities.<br />Children’s Disabilities and Special Needs<br />http://www.comeunity.com/disability/index.html<br /> This website provides articles and information on how to assist children with special needs and disabilities in today’s society. <br />American Speech-Language-Hearing Association<br />http://www.asha.org/<br /> This website is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.<br />

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