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Thursday, October 4, 2012

STAR Training Newsletter: iPads & AAC

iPads & AAC
Star Training
October 2012
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This month's STAR Newsletter focuses on using the iPad as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device.  
Advantages 
  • Light weight and portable
  • Socially acceptable
  • Numerous apps for communication
  • Affordable and easy to obtain
Disadvantages
  • Not covered by most medical insurance
  • Numerous AAC apps and not all are effective for communication
  • Theft of iPad since it can easily be re-sold
  • Fragile-Repairs can be costly, but cases and warranties can help
Tips
  • Explore dedicated AAC devices
There are advantages including funding, researched based language, multiple access methods, durability, warranties, and training on implementation.(Click here for a list of vendors)
  • Picking the right App
It is important to explore various apps with a speech therapist to pick the one that best meets the communication needs. Buying an app does not guarantee communication.  Implementation is key including training and opportunities for meaningful communication.  
(Excellent comparison of various apps: http://www.aactechconnect.com/)
  • Guided Access
In Settings>Accessibility there is an option for guided access. When turned on, the app can not be changed unless a special code is entered.  
www.StarTraining.org 
Visit Star Training's website to find various AAC apps, low tech communication solutions, and links to AAC vendors and websites.
October is International AAC Awareness Month

ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) invites you to celebrate International AAC Awareness Month to raise awareness of the many different ways individuals communicate using AAC devices.

Need Training?

STAR collaborates with T.A.S.C. to provide trainings including 
AAC and iPads.

Let us know what your trainings need are by completing this 5-minute survey. 

 
Funding an iPad

There are numerous websites, national organizations, and local charities who may be able to assist in funding an iPad.

 
5 Ways to Get an iPad for Child with Special Needs! 
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