Proloquo2Go iPad App for the Speech Impaired Student
Proloquo2Go is an iPad app that helps student with speech impairments be more easily understood in the classroom. If a student is partially paralyzed, or suffers from multiple sclerosis or amyotropic lateral sclerosis, Proloquo2Go may help him communicate more clearly and participate more fully in the classroom.
It’s estimated that around 2.5 million Americans are speech-disabled to the extent that they experience significant difficulty being understood by other people. This can be due to a variety of reasons but is often caused by amyotropic lateral sclerosis or, as it’s more commonly known, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Many people who suffer from this combination of vocal and motor skills weakness often purchase and use an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device. These devices allow users to select combinations of symbols, words, and sounds, and convert them to synthesized speech. A typical AAC device can cost several thousand dollars.
Proloquo2Go is an AAC app that works on an iPad and provides similar functionality to these expensive AAC devices for a small fraction of the cost. That’s because it uses the existing hardware features of the iPad.
Proloquo2Go includes a library of more than 14,000 symbols, automatic conjugations, word prediction, multiuser support, and the capability to fully customize vocabularies for users along a broad continuum of abilities, from beginning symbolic communication to full literacy. Proloquo2Go provides a range of natural sounding text-to-speech voices, both male and female, adult and child, and with American or British accents.
You build phrases by tapping symbols with words and phrases under them. For example, the home screen offers categories such as “I want,” “I need help,” “food,” “drinks,” and so on. Tapping one gives you underlying words and phrases. As you tap a symbol, the phrase is added to the top and spoken. The built-in logic takes you to connected phrases automatically to help complete the sentence.
In addition, the interface is extremely flexible and customizable; you can add words and phrases to the app’s vocabulary. It’s a terrific communication aid for users with this type of disability.