I wanted to share some wisdom when using AAC devices. Because we literally use Kreed's device in every situation we can think of, we learn a few things along the way! I will compile them on this page! Feel free to share, just reference Kreed's World please!
A lot of times people struggle to get a child to begin using a communication device. Our solution for Kreed was simple- have him ask for his favorite things! Worked like a charm. Once he realized I wasn't starting his favorite movie, he quickly requested that I press "play." Same with food, when I wouldn't give him his bag of Ruffles chips, he quickly learned to say "ruffles" with his device.
With the advent of the ipad, a lot of people are using various communication apps to help their child. I am all for any way a kid can communicate, but given the choice I prefer dedicated devices. I have seen too many kids realize the ipad played games and refused to use the communicaton application. Now Kreed has had two ipads- one fore communication and one for playing before he had the T10. But now while Kreed is on the ipad, he can use his T10 to talk to us about it- from what movie he wants to watch, to how he feels about it or if he wants a snack during it. If the communication application was on the same ipad he did all of that on...he could not also communicate with me at the same time. Something to thinkg about....
There are also many ways you can incorporate a communication device at home. Again, communication doesn't have to take hours and hours, but many of these short conversations can happen in less than a minute, but reinforcers your child's language to a great degree!!