Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Proloquo2Go - Tell us, we want to know

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You know, another thing I really wanted...

to say about Nick and the iPad...

and keep in mind that this is a kid...

who's progress in speech has been extremely slow...

is that... we sit down with him...

and the software and a computer...

and literally, at the end of the first hour...

of therapy...

It was really obvious that Nicky...

understood how it worked...

what he had to do...

and he wanted to do it.

It was extremely motivating!

He needed no reinforcement to this...

because the device was reinforcing.

[Play... Outside... I want to... shoot basketball]

[I want to shoot basketball]

I want to shoot basketb...

Good. Go shoot. Go for it.

Oah...

two, three, four, five, and -

We were all working with Nicky, with the Proloquo device.

And Nicky goes in under 'meals'...

and he says "I want to eat pizza".

Nicky loves pizza.

I said "I am sorry sweetie". I didn't even think about it.

"I am sorry sweetie. We are not having pizza, we are having steak".

[Throw... Bounce... The ball]

[I want to roll, throw, bounce the ball]

Now, a lot of Autistic kids have a lot...

of behaviors. They tantrum, they insist.

Nicky is on the other extreme.

Extremely compliant, very gentle...

always trying to be a good boy.

Good. Open-close...

And, so I thought, this settles it. I've spoken.

So Nicky goes into his Proloquo again...

and he said, "I want to eat pizza".

I was like: "We are not having pizza, we are having steak".

Nicky goes in again...

and this time he really emphasizes it.

"I want... to... eat... pizza".

He's never done that! Ever!

Oh, I am sorry Nick I started at the beginning.

[Therapy]

And you can find it anyway.

[I want]

Ready? Try this one.

So the end result was, I broke all the parenting rules...

I got in my car and I drove down...

and I bought him some pizza. And I brought it home.

Because I wanted to make sure he knew...

"you made this, I understood. You insisted".

"This is what happens, when you use your words".

"Tell us! We want to know".

[Kick the ball]

Cool, stand up. Let's kick the ball.

I guess in the beginning working with Nick...

it was a little hard to understand what he needed...

and what he wanted. He would get...

very frustrated, he would start crying...

and just getting really upset...

and it was hard to get our work done.

Since using the iPad and the Proloquo...

He... now has a voice. He is able to tell me...

you know... "I need bathroom. I need a drink."

"I need a break. I want to play basketball".

He can tell me all these things..

and it is a lot easier to understand him...

and help him get to where he needs to get to.

[Eating]

Yeah, now go back.

Find grapes.

Oh, you are going to go to your breakfast page...

but they are right here.

[Snacks... Grapes... I am eating grapes]

I am eating...

Yes. You are. That's what you are doing.

You have red grapes, Nick.

Traditional, augmentative systems...

really weren't working for Nick.

Picture symbols.

Picture exchange communication techniques.

We tried photographs.

All of these systems though, were static.

And Nick wasn't very interested in them...

and they didn't grab his attention.

And we came across the Proloquo2Go application...

and we thought this is something to try.

And what was really nice... I think instantly Nicky saw...

that this was a powerful tool for him.

because he could initiate...

rather than waiting for someone to ask...

and for him to respond.

He's no longer trying to be what...

other people are creating him to be...

or 'therapizing' him to be but...

he is able to tell us what he is thinking and feeling...

which has been enormous important for him.

Come on over...

That was good.

...

Okay, that was my fault.

Okay, I will. Here you come...

Hey!

Yeah, that was good.

Ready, steady...

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