Sunday, May 31, 2009
Lost in the shuffle
I was co:treating a student with a Speech Therapist on Friday, and we were using a Tech Talk 8. The focus of sessions for this student for some time has been to get her to consistently recognize symbols, and to scan the array and make an appropriate choice. After several minutes of moving symbols around, recording, re-recording, etc. I was hit by a sudden flash of insight. NO, not make overlays and use levels, it takes me longer to slide an overlay into that tiny slot than to just move the symbols around! But that there was a tool on the market that would easily do what I was doing. In all the excitement over dynamic display communication devices these days, there have been a couple of really exciting new lower tech devices that have entered the market recently that haven't generated a lot of publicity. I had recently had the opportunity to meet Kevin from ProxTalker and see the Logan ProxTalker up close and personal. This cool tool fills the area between static devices, and dynamic display. Check it out when you get a chance at http://www.proxtalker.com/index.html. It's a little pricey, but a great concept for those kids who need voiced output, lots of words, but aren't quite ready for branching boards, etc.