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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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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!:)
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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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