Last week we deployed iPads to another group of special education teachers and to all of our speech pathologists - they were a happy group! The SLPs are excited about the prospect of using the iPads with limited and non-verbal students. Today we purchased an app called TouchChat for them, and I can't wait to hear the feedback. It's similar to the ProLoQuo2Go app that we initially purchased for the first set of iPad users, but the reviews on TouchChat as an AAC device are much better.
Not familiar with an AAC device? Here's what Silver Kite, the publisher of TouchChat has to say...TouchChat is a full featured communication application for iPod/iPad technology. TouchChat fits into the product category of Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. AAC devices allow individuals who cannot speak to communicate by spelling or selecting icons from a visual display. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing back a recorded message. It amazes me that such a little device has such HUGE potential!
We have 40 iPads on order; once they've been distributed, every special education teacher in the district that wants an iPad will be able to have one. How I LOVE technology!