How to stimulate your child to start communicating
If your child is completely new to AAC, then this lesson will show you how to motivate him to start using the AAC device.
Begin with words that describe the child's favorite things and activities. For example, if the child really loves chocolate, then "chocolate" might be a good word to program into the app. Start with a few words for things that the child really likes, and expect to build up from there.
Let's use the "chocolate" example. If you know your child loves chocolate, this is what you can do:
You need to motivate your child to use the device. How will you do it? Simple. By leveraging the fact that your child wants chocolate.
Give him the chocolate just if he asks for it using the device.
To make it simple for him to ask for chocolate, you need to do a few settings to the vocabulary.
1. Add the desired word ("chocolate") to the home page of the vocabulary. You must edit an existing button and transform it into a "chocolate" button. You can do this by selecting: menu - edit a button. Tap a button that you want to edit. Now, change the name of the button to "chocolate", the message also to "chocolate", change the photo and set the color of the border to orange. (because orange = object)
2. Now that you have the desired word on the home page, you don't want your child to be distracted by other words, so you must hide all the other buttons.
Here you have a video of how to do all of the above:
You now have a home page with a single button, representing chocolate. The vocabulary is ready for the first interaction with the child.
When the child taps the word "chocolate", you must give him what he requested. In this way, your child will learn a very important lesson: everything he tells using the iPad will have an effect in real life. So the child understands that he can request objects using the iPad and actually get them in real life.
You can build up from there. Add more words for things that the child tries to get (e.g. "ball" for a child who loves balls). To do this just unhide some of the previously hidden buttons and edit them, to transform them into objects your child loves.
Words like "more," "want," "help," and "mine" are good additions once they understand the basics.
In the next lesson, you will learn how to begin using phrases and sentences.