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Day 3: My Autism Video Diary – This stuff really helps Abbey! (tummy problems and big meltdowns!)

On Day 3, I’m a bit more rested and ready to talk about some of the stuff we’ve figured out over the years that’s really helped Abbey…here ya go!

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal, Uncategorized

 

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2 Apps that Make Abbey’s Life Better! Here are demos and How we use them with Abbey!

Abbey’s communicating app, Proloquo2Go is her voice.  We still have a long way to go, but it’s so exciting to watch her learn little by little, finding her voice!

Click here for the video demo of Proloquo2Go and how we use it with Abbey!

Then, Pictello taught Abbey to enjoy looking at pictures.  This may seem like it’s not a big deal, but she’s very visual and her enjoying social stories of real pictures of real places and real people doing things that she struggles with, are huge!  She loves to look at her stories on Pictello now and I love that she looks at stories I’ve made of our family trips and about going to the dentist!

Click her for the video demo of Pictello and how we use it for Abbey!

 

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Day 2: My Autism Video Diary – So Proud of Abbey!

Day 2…tired, no makeup, sorry, but happy to share about Abbey.  I’m so proud of her.  So many of these things may sound like small accomplishments to so many, but in our world, these things are just huge!

Click on the video below to watch!

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in autism, Daily Life

 

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Ok, I’m starting…Day 1: My Autism Video Diary – Intro, Poop and a Hot Temper!

My brother has been trying to convince me for a long time to do a daily video log.  I am finally giving in and giving it a try!  So, join me on my journey!  I’m just gonna take it a day at a time and talk about what’s on my mind, maybe what we’ve worked on that day, what’s helped Abbey, etc…So much to talk about!

Click on the video below to see my introduction, and talking about poop and a hot temper!

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in autism, Daily Life, nonverbal, Proloquo2Go

 

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How do we get Abbey to work on Typing and Spelling on her iPad? With Moon Sand, of course!

I love how creative the specialist that works with Abbey is.  Abbey was having an off day, tired, not motivated, kind of day when she came over yesterday.  I pulled out the moon sand like stuff, thinking she needed something sensory to do.  So, the specialist, knowing Abbey loves to squish up things made out of moon sand, tried to find a way to work on using her iPad with playing moon sand….and this was the result.:)  She’s using the keyboard in Proloquo2Go.  I worked on it for a bit after she left, trying to get the most I could out of it!

Click on the video below to see how she did it!

 

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How to Use Expressions, Sounds and Macros in Proloquo2Go and How we Use Them with Abbey!

So, have you used the cool new features of Expressions, Sounds and Macros??  If not, you’re totally missing out, so cool!!  Here’s how to set them up and how we use them with Abbey!  Wait til you hear your kiddo say “please” with expression, talk about tugging at your heart strings!

Click on the video below to see how to use Expressions and Sounds!

Click on the video below to see how to use Macros!

 

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Auditory Training, Then AND Now! Abbey and Technology have come a long way!

So, auditory training has always been an important part of Abbey’s therapy and this is one way we’ve tried to work on it.  In the past it was with a CD and cards, in speech therapy, but now we have cool apps for that!  Abbey does better with using the iPad, plus she’s doing better with remembering sounds of things..AND big plus, she can tell us when she’s all done with a task instead of getting mad, well, most of the time!:)

Here’s a video of her doing ‘sounds’, auditory training almost 6 years ago and then I’ll post one below of it NOW!

So, click on the video below for THEN…

AND, click on this video below for NOW!

 

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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 to Simplify Proloquo2Go for Your Beginner and How to Add Buttons and Folders

So, I remember, oh so well, how hard it was to first get started!  If we had first started out with Proloquo2Go, and oh, how I wish it was around when we were starting out, we would have had to simplify it, to start out with.

Here is THE TRICK TO GET STARTED:  JUST DO IT!  Yep, there’s no super secret absolute right way!  Each child is different and each family is different.  So, it’s kind of one of those things that you research the best you can, get therapists’ help and support, if possible, and then just have to learn as you go.  You can’t learn as you go until you get started though!

So, I encourage you, to just get started and learn as you go.  Start out with what you think will work and go from there, editing on the spot.  This is what has worked for us, for Abbey.

Communication is key.  Our kids deserve it!  They deserve to be able to tell us what they want and what they don’t.  And, it will, eventually make their lives more rich and yours much easier, lessening behaviors and understanding more about your child.

So, here is how to show less buttons, to get you started and how to add buttons and folders…quick, easy and to the point!  Just click on the videos below…and look at our other posts with tips and how we started with Abbey, how we’ve customized it for Abbey…maybe you’ll get some good ideas that will help.

Hope these help you GET STARTED!

 

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