Jed Shelley

Age: 14

Disability: Cerebral Palsy, CVI, ASD

Device: iPad

Platform: iOS

Software: Proloquo

Hardware: Direct access

Fine motor control on both hands okay to point and tap. Very limited fine motor for keyboards etc. Repetitive mouthing of right hand often makes screen 'wet' and less responsive. Require assistance to clean and dry screen. Use Griffin Survivor iPad case which is ok but have cracked screens when dropping while walking around. Also saliva can get under screen protector making touch not work. Then I need to get help to set up again. I find that really frustrating.

Need assistance to turn on iPads if they are turned off which happens if my parents aren't keeping an eye on battery for me. Annoying. I can open Proloquo myself and move in and out of different page sets that I want. I use symbols with word support to say what I want. I don't type into my device.

Advantages: I love iPads. I have 3. Proloquo is on all of them and that's how my family and school got me started with using it. My school was using Proloquo for everyone so it was a good way to get me to use my high tech AAC with everyone supporting me using the same software. I also like to use a story sharing app called Pictello to communicate and it's useful to have this on my iPad alongside Proloquo.
Disadvantages: I probably need a sturdier and communication only device with a more robust (complete??) system now and a companion low tech option. There are lots of things I want to say that aren't as easy for me in Proloquo as maybe some other software might be. I am having a full communication assessment soon.

Not break when it's on the move with me but still be light enough for me to carry around when I'm moving from place to place. I hate to say this but not being on my iPad now because I am used to using a device and don't want to get distracted by other things on my iPad (apps, music, YouTube) when I'm talking, working etc. ?