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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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Abbey’s Fav Learn to Read and Spell Apps!!

Here is a video of Abbey’s Fav reading and spelling apps.  Mom’s favorites are the ones that are customizable that I can add words and pictures of words we are working on.  Thankfully I have found some that are both of our favorites!  So, check out the video and see what they are and watch Abbey playing them!

Click on the video below to watch!

 

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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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How to Transfer What You’ve Done on Proloquo2Go to Another Device Using the Dropbox App & How to Share, E-mail it!

Ok, there are several ways that you can transfer your vocabulary from one device to another, but this seems to be the easiest, for myself.  So, here’s a quick video of how I do it….Hope it helps!:)  Just click on the short video below!  AND, then the video below is how to e-mail the vocabulary to someone else, like their teacher.:)

 

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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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Abbey’s getting it, using whole sentences, look at her go!:)

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Abbey is doing it, she’s learning to use sentences!  Here’s a video of her asking for waffles..

I’ve been talking to the gals working with Abbey about how to teach her to do this and we’ve been brain storming, then at our last school meeting, the school team and I came up with which words to add to start with, to start the process.  It sure has been a long road to get here, but it’s so cool to see her catch on so well!  It sure takes a village!  Here’s a screen shot of Abbey’s ‘home page’ with the words we added.

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Here’s the screen shot of her asking for waffles.  In the video, you can see how easily she navigates to find what she wants, another long work in progress!  Proloquo2Go is so amazingly easy to add whatever we want and however we need it on there!

So, we used to have just one button for ‘I want’, we started by separating that into two.  The school had already really been working on having her add on ‘please’ to the end of her requesting sentences, to that part was easy for her.  Then we added ‘to, a, and the’, which I think will take a bit longer for her to learn to use.  So, what do you think?:)

Thank you so much for everyone’s help and support, including Abbey’s ‘team’ and the folks at Proloquo2Go!

Don’t forget to check out Abbey’s other videos, there’s a link to them on the home page!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in communicating, Proloquo2Go, Uncategorized

 

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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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Cases for iPads and iPad minis, which one for your kiddo, Griffin or Otterbox? Boy, let me tell you!

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I want to share our experiences with cases to save you guys some money as I know many of you are looking for that case that’s going to save your kiddo’s iPad, but which oneThe contenders seem to be the Griffin Survivor (or link for a black one) and the Otterbox, from what I have seen and heard.  They both claim to do a great job protecting against lots of wear and tear and both come with stands.

So, we bought a Griffin Survivor for our daughter’s new iPad mini, pictured above.   We have never had a Griffin before as we’ve always gone with Otterboxes.  The Griffin was cheaper on amazon, so we thought we’d give it a try.  We’re pretty disappointed in it.  The hard plastic shell that you put the iPad  in, is so much thinner than all the Otterboxes we have had.  The rubbery, plastic part that goes on the outside almost feels a bit thicker but there are flaps covering some of the holes that seem like they would break off easily.  One of the flaps covers the camera and you have to try to hold it back while you take a pic, which is a pain.  Then we get to the stand.  This is a must for my daughter, Abbey, with autism.  As you may be able to see in the picture, her Otterbox for her old iPad one in the background is duct taped.  After many new stands, we finally gave up and taped it.  I have seen the stands for the newer iPads and the iPad minis by Otterbox and they seem much stronger.  The stand for the Griffin is very weak and I think it props it up too high.  Also, the stand for the Otterbox also serves as a cover that snaps over the screen, when on the go, very important for putting Abbey’s iPad mini in her purse as she has no idea about being careful with it, that it could break.  All this to say, we’ll be getting an Otterbox for her iPad mini, as soon as we can!  Hope this helps and I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on cases, we can learn from each other!:)

P.S.  All of this goes for the cases for iPhones too!  We have always had Otterboxes and I bought a Griffin survivor for my son’s iPhone 4….not good.  The same with all of the above, plus the rubber that covers the power button at the top keeps pushing down on it on it’s own and trying to turn it off:(

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in autism, Useful technology

 

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