Monday, January 6, 2014

Proloquo2Go -- Worth the price or not?

Proloquo2Go: So expensive, but is it worth it? This is a question that we receive quite often, but it really depends on the child. Our staff's suggestion is to discuss with your child's SLP if Proloquo2Go or a similar program would be beneficial for your child.  In the meantime though, we have asked this question to our followers and have put their answers together for you, including suggestions for other apps.


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The following question was posted as a discussion question on our Facebook Fan Page. The answers below are the personal experiences and thoughts of our individual readers. Please make the decision about this app with your SLP, doctors and other professionals that know your child personally.

Aunty Dale is wondering if anyone has experience with Proloquo2Go? If you do, is it worth the high price? If it isn't worth it, can you suggest an alternative?

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Those that are currently using Proloquo2Go had the following to say:

Stephanie commented: Very much worth every penny. You can make it as simple or as complex as you need. My son started using it before he turned 2. He made great progress with the app and now no longer needs it. Of course, not everyone will have the same experience with it that we did. Very much worth the price. (And even though he doesn't NEED it anymore, he will still use the app from time to time.). He was diagnosed with ASD a month before he turned two and for a long time had no words he could say.

Kim wrote: I have found that it seems to be focused as more of a medical/hospital type therapy app as opposed to an actual slp communication app. For more information please check out the Australian guru for communication Jane Farrall. Her lists are extensive and very reader friendly: http://janefarrall.com/aacappslist.html

Christina suggested: Go to www.assistiveware.com and check out some videos. One of the students I work with uses it and everything I've seen has been good.

Cheri stated: We love it. School has tried some others but they always come back to P2Go! Seems most "flexible"

Cynthia said: Every AAC app has the potential to become something of a God send if it is right for the user. At the end of the day, you can have a dozen recommendations from specialists about the appropriate app to use and the user picks something out of left field like my son did. Proloquo2Go is a very good app that has tons of custom options and staying power (can be used as the child progresses with speech language), but it does have a learning curve. Take the time to view the tutorials and user forums to make getting started easier. Try the free versions (where available) and ignore expectations, but see how the user responds. Good luck!

Olivia said: I've got students in my class who use it and I've been attempting to learn as much about it as I can. It's quite overwhelming at first but you need to give yourself time to play with it and get to know it.

Tanya posted: I use it but takes a lot to set up, not sure if worth the price but haven't found anything close, although u talker pro is close to it.

 Linda commented: I have one student who uses it. It has alot of potential. It is easy to add pictures to, and easy to modify/reorganize to tailor to student's interests and activities. My student navigates thru it moderately well (I have folders that link to what he likes to talk about). There are good free training videos on the web (http://www.assistiveware.com/e-learning). As with any AAC, there is a commitment of time and planning since communication development is not static.

Amy said: It is worth the price for my daughter, but it may not be for everyone. We had an evaluation with a speech team that was willing to look at all options to help us determine what would be best for her. There are other options out there like speak for yourself.

Vanessa responded: We are in the process of getting it:)

Cassie posted: That is one of the apps of choice for my school district. However, our district trys to start with PECs and build its way to speech or something like proloquo2go. I'd definitely talk with a speech path who knows the child first.

 Casey stated: I'm an slp. Please please please consult with a speech pathologist who is experienced working with aac and a variety of aac apps. Proloquo2go is not the best app for everyone and that's a lot of money to waste on something that might not work for your child.

Noni said: My son uses it both at home and school and we love it, he uses it to order his lunch at tuck shop and to order mcdonalds for a treat meal. He uses it to play games with others and much more you can customise it any way you want. Best app we have found. He also loves that you can use your own photos

Juliana commented: YES definitely worth the money. Put it on an ipad mini - beautiful combination.

David said: Our daughter has used it for 3 years now! We are very happy with how successful she is with it. Worth the money.

Julia responded: worth it!!! it gave my son a voice! it is very easy to use!!!! he now can show us how brilliant he is!!! And he can be understood by anyone he communicates with now!
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A little extra advice:

Amanda wrote: I'm a speechie, if it's right for the person needing AAC, I think it's worth it. Considering it is just as complex and highly customisable as some of the dedicated speech output devices and a fraction of the cost.
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Other suggestions that were left are outlined below.
 
Go Talk Now

Allison commented: Go Talk Now works well, easy programming.

From iTunes:
NOW combines the simplicity of GoTalks (Attainment’s popular original AAC device) with the dynamic capabilities of an iPad. GoTalk NOW has all the essentials of an effective AAC app, like adjustable page layouts, customizable navigation, recorded and text-to-speech capabilities, and an included symbol set. But we sweated the details to create unique and compelling features that clearly separate NOW from other AAC apps.

$79.99, iPad Only

Free version:



Sono Flex

Sonya wrote: Sonoflex is a good one.

From iTunes:
Tobii Sono Flex is an easy to use AAC vocabulary app that turns symbols into clear speech. It offers language to nonverbal users who are not yet in full control of literacy.
Sono Flex combines the benefits of structure and flexibility, providing a framework for language development, quickly matching individual and situational communication needs.


$99.99, iPad/iPhone


Free version:



DynaVox Compass

Mary Ellen responded: Just bought a Dynovox app! Love it much easier to use. Free 30 day trial!

From iTunes:
The DynaVox Compass App brings the industry’s most powerful communication solution to your iPad! Created by DynaVox, the industry leader helping connect lives through communication and learning for over 25 years, the DynaVox Compass App provides a research-based communication solution for individuals of all ages and abilities who cannot use their natural voice to successfully participate in their everyday lives.

With the ability to quickly customize your communication pages based on age, ability level, and by identifying the topics YOU want to talk about, DynaVox Compass provides communication that empowers individuals to learn, grow, and achieve their goals. Clinician-developed communication pages are structured to address the unique needs of individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, aphasia, apraxia, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, ALS and other neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, and other communication challenges. 


Free 30-day trial, $299.99 per year, iPad Only



TouchChat HD

Nancy responded: I actually prefer Touch Chat HD to P2Go. Touch Chat is organized around a language-based framework whereas P2GO is organized by categories of vocabulary. I find students have to navigate less to find what they need, making communication more efficient

From iTunes:

TouchChat HD for iPad is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech.

$149.99, iPad Only

Lite Version ($9.99, iPad Only)

 
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