AAC is not just about the individual using the system. In order for someone with Rett Syndrome to learn how to use a communication aid it must be consistently demonstrated to them in the same way as we expect them to use it. This is exactly what we do with normally developing children. As a child learns to point and indicate, we give meaning to their actions. Children with developmental delays through conditions such as Rett Syndrome need the same level of input, but facilitators need to presume what they would say in a certain situation and model it appropriately. In time we expect the AAC user to understand and use the same utterances appropriately.
The eyes are the best pointer for people with Rett Syndrome, which makes learning how to track their eyes a critical stage. Good vocabularies based on communicating in the “here and now” are important.
At Tobii Dynavox we have a number of vocabularies available in our software titles depending on your language, symbol preference, language level. All of our vocabularies feature TOPIC based pages allowing that instant situation based communication. Rather than make definite choices at an early stage, you can download all of our tools for trial, free of charge.
Snap Scene is an instant scene-based communication and language learning app for your child. It allows you to turn everyday moments into chances to learn to communicate naturally. Take a photo and tag it with recordings to let your child communicate on the fly.
Designed for young children, as early as infancy, at the beginning stages of learning communication who do not speak, may be slower in learning to talk, may speak but are difficult to understand or are at risk for communication challenges.
Communicator 5 converts text and symbols into clear speech, and offers easy-to-use tools for computer access, e-mail, text messaging, telephony, environmental control and more.
You can customize content through easy-to-use editing tools and communicate via text or symbols, as well as high quality speech for face-to-face communication.
Sometimes it’s easier for a child with autism to understand an experience or event with more information in a short narrative format. This will include what the individual might expect to happen, how they might feel, and how to respond. For Compass we have two titles that may be suitable for your child with Rett: Core First and Podd.
Compass is available on our touch devices in the T-Series, our eye gaze-enabled I-Series+ as well as on Apple iPad.