If one AAC device cannot fit all
Many years ago, when I got involved with assistive technology at cover samsung s3 neo brillantini Temple University’s Assistive Technology cover samsung j3 2016 samsung hoesjes acqua institute, the one thing I learned and heard most often was “you need to find the device that matches the needs of the child”. The lesson continues with ” there is custodia cover iphone 7 8 se2020 no such a thing as the best AAC device, but the best match for that child”. Why is it then that all of a sudden some administrators of educational institutions and even communication specialists are creating a bad reputation for the iPad as an cover iphone 4s silicone ebay AAC tool by recommending that schools purchase 2000 copies of the SAME communication cover glitter iphone 6 app!
Last school year, as I traveled all over the US presenting. the single thing I cover samsung s3 neo acqua heard most often was ” My school district bought the _____ communication application for all our special education students” and of course after they say that they wish that the administrators had consulted them because some of them don’t even like _____ app that much. My issue is of course not whether or not the therapists personally like the app, but cover porsche iphone 7 plus the fact that the school will now bypass an evaluation and push that specific application for communication on all of their students. I know that this movement is partly a result of Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, custodia cover samsung a50 which gives education custodia cover huawei y6 2018 institutions 50% off the purchase of the apps when more than 20 copies of the same app is purchased. The picture gets even more distorted as the mass media outlets fall cover samsung galaxy s6 edge con disegni in love or give coverage to just one or two particular apps with the reporters not really understanding the importance for “matching the app to the student” (or even of the existence of alternatives). Lastly, if we add into the equation the fact that many administrators can sometimes be led to make decisions without consulting cover burlon iphone 6s those who will be using the application or someone who knows a bit more about what is really needed, and it’s easy to see how things may have gotten a little out iphone cover with chain of hand.
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Even if some AAC applications offer a range cover 360 iphone 7 of solutions, I have a hard time seeing how one app can fit all needs.
This by no means should be a post to discourage the purchase of A, B, or C application, but to alert and draw attention to the problem that many SLPs have been concerned about over the past year. Also I am hoping that administrators themselves will read this and consult with their SLPs, and special education teachers before buying cover samsung s321on a particular AAC app as specialized knowledge in this area is more critical than ever when it comes to finding what is appropriate for cover samsung mini s4 each student.
Lastly, I’d like to congratulate those schools who have marcelo burlon iphone 5 cover been doing an amazing job of creating teams for selecting and purchasing apps that best fit their individual students (especially when it comes to AAC), and best serve their student populations…