Note: Recently I published a post on using the iPad for augmentive communications. This is an update to that blog entry.
Some of you have been wondering about the status of the iPad in communications with my brother David. Thank you for your inquiries.
- I have good news… we progress! I am delighted to share with you that we had a management meeting with David’s service provider. Everyone at the meeting was fully supportive of trying the iPad for communications. In fact, we are going to get TWO iPads. One for David and one for another individual! David and this other individual will be the “test cases.”
- We had a terrific conversation about AAC — what it is and how it works and two “ah ha” moments were realized
- Several behavioral issues may be caused by frustrated attempts at communications?! Ah Ha!
- Communication isn’t just about words but it is about us expressing ourselves and there are many ways for a person to express themselves…some through art, some through music, as an example?! Ah Ha!
- We are working through a) technology (which software to load, how to get the downloads and yet how to “secure” the device) and b) staff training on using the tool with an individual so that it is an individualized experience.
This meeting was the best Christmas gift ever. It will take a while for the next stage to unfold, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, back at Sib-Central-HQ, David and I spent Christmas together. Two vignettes
- I continued to work with the iPad and the Yes/No. “David, do you want to eat?” (I present the iPad. David, pushes iPad away and gets up and walks to the dining room). So, there you have it. iPad, as good as it is, should not replace common sense 🙂
- David and I played Virtuoso Piano Duet together. So what? For those of you (parents, siblings, other family members, …) who struggle to meaningfully interact with your loved one, you will immediately understand the so-what. The two of us, with this little piece of equipment between us, sat face to face and as David initiated on his piano, I responded on mine. Yes, there are many ways to express yourself and as a sibling, this was mine… doing something together versus simply sharing a space. Another big day in sib-central.
What can this mean for you?
- Never give up exploring methods for an individual to express themself and extend themself. Never ever give up.
- Celebrate the small successes.
Yours in community,