Proloquo2go 2.0

There are a lot of significant changes to Proloquo2go (P2G) with the release of 2.0 in June.

Here are my top 5 favourite new features:

1) Users.

There can now be multiple ‘users’ per device.

They can be quickly set up with pre-2.0 vocabulary (what you previously backed up), one of 2 pre made sets: core or basic, a copy of any existing user or even blank (so its easy to start from scratch).

There is the obvious use of having several learners sharing one device or to make it easy for a parent with multiple children using an AAC to have the right vocab on hand (i.e. when you are out in the community and only have the iPhone handy!). I also think that for some students they may benefit from having different ‘users’ for locations like school and home. This way the home profile can be easier for caregivers to navigate. Or what about a “things to probe” user so that the individual and/or tutors don’t accidentally play with folders meant for the consultant to use.

2) Editing

So simple and faster.

Create a new button in as few as 4 taps! Skip typing and use dictation (new iPad3) to say the word or phrase. Once the text is added, P2G picks the best picture to match the word but offers more in a bar below. You can always go pick your own but this quick add will make customizing so much easier!

Best part is when you are in edit mode the edit screen pops up from the bottom, splitting the screen between the page and edit bar. Select other buttons and folders to easily program everything on the page.

3) Free Positioning

The ability to put buttons anywhere on the page.

Yes, that means you don’t need to add blank buttons. Wherever there isn’t an icon it’s just the background.

Arrange icons across the screen in a row i.e.  field of 2 , or just randomly on the page.

Plus with ‘swap’ you can rotate the order of the buttons in a few quick taps.

4) Different View on Different Pages

One page can be a field of 8, another a field of 4. Perhaps the home page a field of 20, and the page of today’s schedule in a list view.  Love it.

5) New Voices

A boy and a girl voice, Harry and Rosie. Both British but being Canadian it fits. Nice to have the option for children.

There is also a female Indian English voice, Deepa. Also some fun modifications to Will that besides providing a good for laugh or two, may give someone the character they are looking for.

If you haven’t updated to 2.0, be sure to first back your vocab up to your computer through iTunes file sharing – this is a good idea to do every time you make any major changes, or once a month (set the reminder app!)

Assitiveware has some quick start guides. Here is the one for the basics.

TherAPPy Toy Box

There are a few ways to look at how to use an iDevice

1) this is your device, you use it.

2) this is your device, can we use it together?

3) this is my device, let’s use it together.

Different apps can be used in all three ways however when I go back to my roots of a therapist, #3 has a lot of potential with all of the apps that are available!

Now of course in an ideal world we might have 3 or more devices. Maybe you have your own device or maybe not but here are some tips to set up an iDevice as your “TherAPPy Toy”

– use a different case, stand or place on a coloured paper. Some visual to show the learner that this is different than ‘me’ time. Depending on the individual, I often go with a minimal or no case. This lends well to starting with “Because the iPad doesn’t have a case today I’m going to hold it and you can tell me what to do or ask to touch something”

– you keep control of the device, as the above rule stated. Just like my bin of toys that I bring for play and reinforcement. When I arrive if I hand the box to the child, then why would they have any reason to talk to me? Same applies with the iDevice.

– set a timer for reinforcer time. The learner can use your iPad to access the app they earned, but when the timer goes off, the iPad goes back to being yours. Apps like Screen Time lock out the iDevice after 10 min.

In the fall with the new operating system having Guided Access features (check out a short video or a longer video), this all might get a lot easier but until then I hope you start discovering what an amazing therAPPy toy an iDevice can be!

Word Wizard- How to practice your own spelling words

We have a handful of spelling apps in our collection. Word Wizard by L’Escapadou is my all around favourite.

Having used it individually and in the classroom, the children overall respond to this one with the most amount of interest. Think about the Fisher Price magnetic chalkboard or See and Spell you grew up with. Now put it on the iPad – that’s this app!

When you open the app the Main Menu has two choices; Moveable Alphabet or Spelling Quizes

Let’s take a look at the Moveable Alphabet first. This a fun way to play with words and start to see and hear how letters work together. Tap on a letter and drag it to the grid.  As you tap the letter it is said phonetically. Each time you add a letter the word is sounded out.

These features can be changed in the settings. Tap the wheel on the top left.

Personally, I prefer to have Uppercase turned off and  use the Qwerty (keyboard), Phonics and Grid.  However you may want to turn the phonics off to work on letter names. When Uppercase is on it looks just like a keyboard. Both upper and lowercase  have the arrow for shifting. For children not familiar with a keyboard you may prefer the Qwerty off so the letters are in alphabetical order. I always leave the grid on as it seems too confusing without. For some users who are easily distracted I tun the background from colours to paper.

The app is constantly talking. Which may be a good thing, or you may want to turn some of the verbal cues off.  In settings  select ‘More Settings’

Under Voice:

Speak only when moving a letter – turn off, so that the letter is not spoken when you select it.

Speak only when touching a word – turn on, so that the word isn’t spoken each time a letter is added, but only when you tap the word.

For a user working on typing, or an individual who needs adaptive features, turn the Keyboard Emulation to on. This way the user doesn’t need to slide the letter, only tap it for the letter to appear on the board.

The last thing to note about the keyboard is that there isn’t a delete or backspace button. On the Moveable Alphabet page there is a sweep icon on the top right that erases everything on your board. On the text page this icon isn’t there so be sure to show the users how to take off a letter simply by dragging it back to the keyboard – anywhere works, it will glide back to the right place.

Spelling Quizzes

Select from the Main Menu (To get to the Main Menu from the Moveable Alphabet tap the Settings wheel then bottom left, Main Menu). The next pop up has an extensive collection of built in lists. Each folder  has numerous lists and additional folders. For example under Dolce there are 6 folders from Pre-primer to 3rd grade. Each of those folders has several spelling lists. Tap the white box ‘View Words’ to see which words are in that list. Use the ‘cancel’ or back arrow button to look around some more or ‘use list’ by tapping the orange button in the top right.

We are going to look at how to make your own spelling list. Many other spelling apps either aren’t customizable or require you to record the audio. This one is quick and easy adding another nugget of gold to this great app.

  1. Tap ‘My lists’ on the top right
  2. Tap the ‘+’ button to create a list
  3. Enter a title for your list. I called mine ‘today.’
  4. Enter the words for your list. Each word is separated by a comma so for my spelling list of numbers, the ten numbers are entered as pictured.
  5. tap ‘Save’ in the top right
  6. tap ‘Use list’ to start.

That’s it! When you do the test there are built in prompts that start to show you what the buttons are. After taking the test the user gets to play with the fun moving stars. The amount of time that this can be accessed can be changed in the ‘More Settings’ options.

You can always go back and edit the words. On the “My Lists” page tap the white ‘view/edit’ button to modify the list. You can delete the list by tapping the orange ‘edit’ button then the red circle to delete it.

Some of the things that I would love to see in future updates of this app include a practice mode, where you can view the word (without using the hint button) and also the ability to hide the hint button for those who have learned the easy way out 🙂 Overall this app has so many wonderful features it is well worth the $2.99. It is also also available in French!

And a last thought. I’ve heard that some people are using it to communicate since it speaks what is spelled. Talk about inexpensive AAC!

These recommendations are made by Amanda Raichelle of iEmpowerU and are general ideas only. These apps may not be appropriate curriculum for your child or other individuals.  Before implementing these or any other changes, discuss these recommendations with your Behaviour Consultant, SLP, or other professionals involved.

How to Customize Photo Touch for Receptive Labels

Let’s look Grasshopper Apps’ Photo Touch Toys. When you play it as it comes, its a good little app. The settings allow you to select different levels and change the sounds, which for me makes it a great app. The fact that you can customize it and bring in your own photos makes it worth gold! This app could be used by any child who is working on, or generalizing receptive labels. So grab your shovel and let’s dig in!

First let’s get familiar with the settings. Tap the gear wheel in the top right corner.

Sound – on/off, this turns all sounds on or off which would be helpful if the tutor will deliver all of the instructions and reinforcement

Display Hint – on/off, this turns on and off the textural prompt (word) at the top of the screen. I prefer it off to avoid prompting readers and to teach the user to listen to the directions. I do keep it on if I want to work on reading or for deaf students.

Min. items to display and Max. items to display. Use these two to set your field size. For example a FO3 (Field of three) would be set to min 3  and max 3, just as I have it here If you wanted to have a variable field of say 4-6 items then set min. to 4 and max to 6. The field can be as small as one and as large as ten.

Head back to the Settings menu. Skip down one to Customize Game Sounds. There is a nugget of gold here!

The error sound is a short two tone sound, nothing that should be considered fun and reinforcing.  If you prefer having no feedback for an error then turn this sound off. If you use discrete trial teaching and prefer the feedback to be verbal then follow these steps:

To the right of  Customize  Error Sounds tap on the +

Tap on the box ‘Add description here’ and enter your description

Tap ‘record’. Remember that the mic on an iPad is at the top near the camera. As soon as the ‘record’ button changes to say ‘stop’ it is recording. Record your voice and tap ‘stop’. I find it helpful to hover my finger above ‘stop’ so there isn’t any dead space at the end of my recording.

Use ‘playback’ to hear what you have recorded. When you are happy with it tap ‘save’ in the top right corner.

Your recording now appears on the list of error sounds. If you want to have several error sounds repeat the process; the error sounds will be used randomly when  playing.

Last step, delete unwanted sounds.

 

  1. Tap ‘Delete’. The red minus signs will appear to the left.
  2. Tap the red minus. The red ‘delete’ button appears.
  3. Tap ‘delete’.
  4. When finished tap ‘done’

The same process can be done with the success sound. I can see this being incredibly beneficial for some students. Imagine having your child’s favourite person saying the reinforcement. Maybe a silly sound or part of a song or their favourite character speaking – the possibilities are endless! Plus anything that isn’t reinforcing can be deleted.

Now that the app is set up to run the way your child needs, lets take a look at the Library. As I mentioned  it comes with a stock pile of photos, but you may not want to target them all at once, or perhaps your child finds the play dough photo difficult to recognize. To choose the items go into the Settings and tap Customize items

  1. Tap on the category ‘Toys’
  2. Tap the ‘on/off’ button.
  3. On the right hand side tap ‘on’ to slide it to the off position (or vise vera). Now only the items that are on will be used when playing.
  4. When finished tap done.

In the toy library you can add photos, however we are going to look at how to do this in a new library, perfect for adding all of your child’s receptive labels.

Creating a new library category

Go back to ‘Customize items’  either from the settings menu or if you were following along with us, use the top left arrow to ‘select list’.

Just like we did when adding a sound tap on the ‘+’. Name your list  by tapping where it says ‘Add list name here’. I named my category “labels”

To add your own labels tap the ‘+’ to the right side of the screen. This will take you to a new screen to Add New Items.

As before tap the top box ‘Add description here’ this is the label that will appear on list but also on the screen if you have the ‘Display Hint’ turned on.

Next tap the large square ‘add photo’ and the pop up will allow you to ‘Take New Photo’ using your iPad camera (front or back) or  ‘Choose Existing’ from your photo library. When selecting or taking a photo have the desired image a bit further away, not too close up – you’ll see why next.

When you choose a photo the image will appear in the middle of the box.  Use your thumb and index finger to pull apart and zoom out. Once the image is large enough you can move it. Look for the thin lines on the top and bottom and be sure for image is at least to those lines so that it will be a uniform size throughout your library. Once you are done tap ‘use’. If you need to change it tap on the photo and you go throughout the process again.

Last step is to record the audio for the label, just as you did with the error and success sounds. Remember to tap ‘save’ in the right top corner when you are done!

You will notice  on the list an item labeled ‘New’ to delete this or another image tap on the item in the list and use the Delete button on the button of the screen, confirm that you want to delete it. Last select library, then you’re done!!

We used some images from a Google image search. To learn how to add them to your iPad library (without the computer) read ‘Add Google Images’

Help Programming Proloquo2Go

Need help programming your Proloquo2Go?

We can help!

First, consult with us to determine how you need your Proloquo2Go library set up.

Then use iTunes file sharing to back up and save your current library.

Next email it to us. We will modify your library (hourly consulting rates apply) and email it back to you.

Last ‘restore’ your library from the new file.

Click here for the directions from Assistiveware , or let us help walk you through the steps – that’s what we are here for 🙂

Add Google Images to the Photo Library

Looking for clear photos to use for personalizing apps?

Have an iPad 1 without a camera?

Don’t have time to take a bunch of great pics?

Adding photos through Google Images can be a fast and easy way to do this. Here’s the 8 simple steps:

  1. open Safari on your iPad
  2. use the top right corner to search Google. For this project we searched ‘boy’.
  3. under the search bar ‘everything’ will be in red.  Tap ‘images’
  4. modify your search using the tools (wrench icon).
  5. tap on a tool to bring up search criteria. These show up as grey boxes under ‘images’. Select and try out different criteria to narrow your search and find more of what you are looking for.
  6. once you’ve found an image, tap on the one  you want. A new screen will open
  7. put your finger on the image and hold it down until the pop up appears, then let go.
  8. select ‘save image’ to save it to you photo library

That’s it. Now you can add your photo to your favourite app.

Happy searching,

gadgetgirl@iempoweru.ca

P.S. Some tools that we used 

Image – for the boy picture we needed something without a background so we choose ‘clip art’. These are likely going to be drawings or cartoons.

Size – if you need  the image to fill the screen choose medium or large.