Children with Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy and Traumatic Brain Injury
Many children with apraxia, cerebral palsy, and other motor speech impairments require the use of an augmentative communication (AAC) system or App to express their needs and wants, to develop their language and literacy skills, and to succeed socially and educationally. Many of these children acquire language following a typical or normal progression of language development. As such, their AAC system must be simple enough to match their physical and language abilities, yet rigorous enough to enable them to achieve their potential. Children learn language through play and they must be given meaningful opportunities to use language in fun and imaginative contexts.
The Learning Language Vocabulary of Gateway’s augmentative communication App set targets preschool and school-aged children and is designed from a developmental perspective. Children with significant visual or fine motor limitations can have access to a small grid size with large buttons and achieve a high level of accuracy when selecting symbols to communicate. Children with good fine motor skills can use one of the larger grid sizes and gain access to a more larger and more powerful core vocabulary.
With the Learning Language Vocabulary set, beginning AAC users can easily create Subject-Verb; Verb-Object; and Subject-Verb-Object expressions. Children with more advanced skills can create complex sentence, adding appropriate word endings. Gateway can enable school-age children to demonstrate mastery of the core curriculum competencies and achieve to the highest of their potential at home, in school and within their community.
Key Features of the Developing Language Vocabulary include:
- High frequency core vocabulary complimented with a fringe vocabulary that enables young children to learn language through a natural developmental progression.
- Access to spelling and word prediction enhancing language and literacy development
- Selection of grid sizes ranging from 12 (3*4) to 140 (10*14) locations making it easy to select a grid size that best matches the child’s visual and physical abilities.
- A customizable “My Things” page to allow for easy personalization, making the frequently used fringe vocabulary easily accessible.
- Use of “Sentence Development Strips” to promote early use of telegraphic sentences.
- Access to Semantic Power Strips to enrich vocabulary development.
- Access to a comprehensive set of word endings (i.e., morphology features) enabling the development of age appropriate syntactical skills.
- A Fitzgerald Key organization with color-coding to facilitate use of correct word order during spontaneous message formation.
- An intuitive and efficient categorization framework that includes a direct link to frequently used categories related to foods, clothes, hygiene, places etc.
- Easy access to a “School Core” that facilitates classroom participation and enables a child to demonstrate mastery of the core curriculum competencies
- An easily accessible Tool Bar that provides direct access to features such as:
- Quick Chat
- Sentence Starters
- Access to a set of Theme pages that
- facilitates use of a range of pragmatic functions
- enable children to expand their expressive language abilities through a variety of literacy and play activities.