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Abbey’s Favorite Problem Solving Apps!

Abbey loves the app Little Solver, and I can’t figure out how she gets them right so much of the time!  Shows us all how much more she knows, love it!  Here she is playing a lot of really fun problem solving apps! 

 

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Abbey’s Favorite Puzzle Apps…great for OT or just for FUN!

Here are Abbey’s fav puzzle apps!  Obviously, puzzles are one of her strengths…look at her go!  She loves puzzles!  The app where you have to manipulate and turn the pieces has been a fav for quite a while, but know that this is the 3rd level, the first 2 levels lead up to that one.  So, it doesn’t start out that hard.  This one is great for fine motor skills and problem solving!

So, click below to see some fun puzzle apps that Abbey thinks are great!

 

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How We Set Up Directions and Schedules for Abbey on Proloquo2Go, Using List View

Proloquo2Go has an amazing feature called “List View.”  It’s a way of putting the buttons in a vertical list instead of a grid.  This helps Abbey figure out that it’s sequential, I think.  It’s helped her most with directions, especially with how to cook boxed rice, like the video I posted on here in January.

Oh, and I also included how to “Hide” a button, and why, how we use that, very handy and easy!

So, here is a video of all the ways we use this feature, to help Abbey.  Click on the video below to watch!:)

 

 

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How did Abbey learn to communicate? Here ya Go! Plus, how we set up her Proloquo2Go!

Yes, it’s been a long, hard road…but nothing has been more rewarding!  Watching Abbey slowly, gradually be able to tell us more and more, nothing is more amazing!  So, I get asked A LOT how we taught Abbey, how we started, what we used and how we have her Proloquo2Go set up.  So, I tried to put it all together in a video, hoping that it will help and encourage people to get started and get some good ideas!  Hope it helps!

Click on the video below, so see!

 

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ABBEY SAID MOM on her iPad for the first time, spontaneously!! EEK! I’m so excited!

Ok, first of all before you watch the video, be aware, there is a really loud squeal, so prepare yourself.  No, it’s not from Abbey, it’s from me!  Abbey has never, ever said the word “mom”, verbally before or on her iPad without prompting!  Once again, had to do with food…but I so don’t care.:)  Yes, hearing that was simply amazing, beyond words!  I wish I could take credit for that one, but the school is where they have been working hard on her adding the person’s name that she’s talking to…I just love that!  And, she’s not only figuring it out, her skill is transferring to home so well!  I’m so proud of her!  So, here it is, the short, but very sweet video…again, sorry if I hurt your ears.:)

Click on the very short, but very sweet video below, to watch the miracle!

 

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Child Proofing Proloquo2Go & Using Guided Access…Did you know you could disable parts of the screen?

Child Proof Proloquo2Go…please pass on to Proloquo2Go users!!  

Also folks wanting to use Guided Access, Part 2 is a must watch!:)

I get asked very frequently how to child proof Proloquo2Go, so I made a couple of quick videos to show you how! Please share with anyone using Proloquo2Go, so that they can keep all of their work safe!

Here’s the first one!  Just click on the videos to view them!

Here’s Part 2: Child Proofing Proloquo2Go, using Guided Access, disabling parts of the screen…anyone using apps with kids could use this one!!:)  You learn how to use Guided Access, along the way, too!

I also end the video with how to enable restrictions so that kids can’t delete apps, install apps or in app purchases.

Hope this helps!

Check out our other videos of how we are helping Abbey grow and learn with Proloquo2Go and ‘her’ review on many, many apps!:)
http://www.youtube.com/famof6

 

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This has opened up a whole new world for Abbey! Now, Pictello is even BETTER!

Ok, I’ve posted about Pictello before, how we use this app for social stories, teaching Abbey what to expect, what to do in situations.  So, we’ve got stories about Going to the Dentist, for example.

We also love Pictello because it has opened up a new world for Abbey.  She figured out that she loves to look at pics of herself and her family doing things.  So, I make stories about our trips, about new things she does and experiences, so she can look at it all again!

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Well, yes, Pictello just got even better!  Not only is it very simple to use, for myself and for Abbey…but now, YES, you can ADD VIDEOS!!  Wow, to see Abbey’s face, the first time she opened up one of her stories, clicked on a page and it was a video….priceless!  She started off with a huge grin and then was just giddy!  It adds another whole dimension!  So, now to think about ways we can use this new feature to help her learn and grow….

Here’s a pdf, Growing Beans, of one short, simple story I made using Pictello, of us planting bean seeds.  I hope to use it again next year and see what she can do without my help!  The page in the story without words, is actually a video,:)  If you have Pictello, we can share stories!  I can send you a Pictello link of a story that you can put on your Pictello, to look at and use, if you’d like.:)  Just let me know!

 

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Abbey’s Favorite Counting/Number Apps!!

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Well, for some reason teaching quantity, for Abbey, has been a huge challenge.  So, finding apps that she likes that can help with this has been a lot harder than, say, word apps, tracing apps, etc..

Watch a video of her playing with her fav ones…Click here!  Or just click on the video below, to view it!

The pics shown are from the app, Critter Doodle Math: Numbers.  There are lots of activities, but by far, Abbey’s fav activity is the tracing.  I am pretty sure it’s because you pop the bubbles as you trace the number, but then the cool part is that, as you see below, when they are finished tracing the number, bubbles come up to pop and count, for each number.  That’s a very motivating way for Abbey to learn quantity!

One of the other great activities is teaching largest to smallest, big and small.  This has also been a hard concept for Abbey and she enjoys this activity as well!

Happy Counting!!

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Abbey’s Year, year of growth and struggles…dealing with autism!

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ABBEY at DISNEYLAND!! 

Are you ready?  It’s finally HERE!

Abbey’s Year, 2012 video, click hereIt’s just a brief glimpse of what our world, Abbey’s world was like in 2012, of her triumphs and struggles.  She’s growing and learning, she’s continuing to communicate more, initiate more, reference us more…it’s truly amazing, blessings abound!

In the video you’ll see glimpses of her communicating with her iPad, with Proloquo2Go.  You’ll see her first trip to Disneyland.  You’ll also see some FIRSTS that were so exciting for us, her birthday blew us away this year, no pun intended.:)  Christmas was incredible, seeing a true desire to celebrate, remembering from past experiences and truly enjoying the tree and presents, not to mention her little Nativity Scene, even!

What you’ll also experience with us, with Abbey, are some struggles…ugh, those stinkin’ doorways, what is it about doorways?  We may never know, for sure!  And, elevators, yikes!  She was so incredibly brave on a trip in the car to California this year.  I really didn’t know how it was going to go, it took a HUGE leap of faith…and, she did it!  She did so well!  There were some tough times, but overall, she sure surprised us, like she loves to do!:)

I really do want to thank all the people working with Abbey, helping her and us and all the friends and family praying for us every day….without you all, Abbey would not be the happy girl she is, succeeding in so many ways!  I also want to thank a totally amazing husband who had enough faith for both of us that Abbey could succeed on a very long road trip, you were right, honey!  One more thank you, thank you Lord for all of your provisions for our family, especially for our Abbey, for the strength you give us every single day to make it through the hard days and succeed on the good days!

Enjoy, and please, let us know what you think!  Don’t forget to visit the link at the top of the page to see all of Abbey’s other videos on youtube, to see more!

Thank you!

Apps Abbey’s using are Proloquo2Go, to communicate and Count TV, a Sesame Street counting app, to help her learn to count.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in autism, Daily Life

 

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Grab Opportunities to Teach…Even When They’re Throwing up!

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Well, I had a much different blog post in mind this morning, guess we’ll save that one for another day.  I woke up to the sound of Abbey throwing up.  My first reaction was, ‘oh, my poor Abbey’, but then my second…’Ohh ohh, I can teach her how to tell me she has to throw up!’

Yes, you have to grab those opportunities to teach them to communicate when they come up!  That is an important lesson I have learned over the years, with Abbey.  There are so many things she won’t understand me trying to teach, unless they are happening, like something hurting, being angry or like today, throwing up.  If I tried to teach her how to communicate these things to me when they were not happening, she wouldn’t get it.

So, she has an “I feel” button on her home page of Proloquo2Go, that has feelings like happy, sad, angry, etc..  I once again used “list view,” another great opportunity to use this feature.  And, I made some of the buttons different colors, like happy is green, angry is red, tired is blue, hungry and sick are blue too, etc.. (She has to scroll down to get to some of them.)  This morning we added the ‘throw up’ button, that speaks “like I have to throw up” when she presses it.  I moved it up to the top for easy access for today.  There is a great picture in Proloquo2Go’s picture library of a sick face beside a toilet, for a ‘throw up’ button, but I had to go with a picture of our ‘throw up bowl’ as Abbey doesn’t understand to throw up in the toilet yet.  Last time she was sick was when we taught her to use a bowl, which was a wonderful thing!:)

I actually put a ‘hurt’ button in her ‘body parts’ folder and in her ‘feelings’ folder.  Last time her ear hurt, we went to her body parts folder and worked on communicating that her ear hurt.

So, what opportunity do you have today, to teach your little one to communicate?  Grab them while you can!

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in autism, communicating, Daily Life, Proloquo2Go

 

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