- This video shows how to install SPEAKall!® app to an iPad.
- This video shows how to install SPEAKall! for iPad using a computer and iTunes.
- This video shows how to add graphic symbols to an iPad
- How to program SPEAKall! 2.0 COMING SOON!
SPEAKall! - Intervention Videos and Cheat Sheets
One possible instructional approach to develop functional communication skills with SPEAKall! are the procedures of exchange-based communication such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS, Bondy & Frost, 1994). Many individuals with autism or developmental disabilities start learning to communicate through the use of PECS. THe following materials demonstrate how to use SPEAKall! within the is framework. These materials have been used successfully in the Purdue AAC Research Lab for clinician and caretaker training. They include a series of five video clips with instructions for different intervention phases. Each video is supplemented with a “Cheat Sheet” that highlights major steps. These “Cheat Sheets” can be printed out and placed next to the clinician or caretaker.
- Preference Assessment
Intervention starts with a preference assessment to identify desired items.
- Phase 1 Training
During this phase, the participant learns to complete one-symbol requests with a trainer.
- Phase 2 Training
During this phase, the participant learns to activate the iPad from a distance and to walk to a communication partner.
- Phase 3 Training
During this phase, the participant learns to discriminate between various graphic symbols.
- Phase 4 Training
During this phase, the participant learns to use an “I want” symbol with another graphic symbol to make a request.
- Phase 5 Training
During this phase, the participant learns to respond to the question “What do you want?” with a request.
While working on these phases, error correction procedures may be necessary. These steps are described in the Error Correction Cheat Sheet.
For parents and family members trying to use these strategies, we recommend that you first consult with a trained professional who has expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment and intervention.
For individuals with autism spectrum disorders or developmental disabilities the following professional organizations offer resources to locate certified therapists.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). “Find a Professsional”
- Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB). “Find/Contact Certificants”