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Sleep? What’s that? Balance? Hmm..I’m trying!! Day 5: My Autism Video Diary!

Here’s day 5!  I’m talking today about what an issue sleep has been with Abbey and what we’ve done to work on it.  I’m also talking about that progression that we all have to be patient for, when we find something we just know is going to help our kids, how patience is key!

Click on the video below!

 

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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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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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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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