Aidan has been using his Speak for Yourself App with keyguard for two weeks now. We went into this knowing that Aidan understands cause and effect, can isolate his pointer finger and shows intention to communicate.
To get Aidan started, we’ve used his most motivating activity. Can you guess what that is?
Yes, driving. We’re using a core word (on) in a totally functional way. He actually needs someone to turn his wheelchair on.
Check out this video:
This is what the screen looks like to him:
Notice that he takes my hand at the beginning. That’s intention. He’s using my hand to stabilize his. I did help him touch the button once he got close to it. We’re in the learning phase.
Aidan’s other hugely motivational activity is eating. Here is what I love about this video. Aidan clearly didn’t want a drink so he goes back to ask for more. He’s learning to distinguish. Check out the video:
He’s so smart. I knew that. So glad I didn’t stand in his way.
In other news, Grover digs AAC too.