App Review
Proloquo2Go

Brilliant tool helps kids with speech difficulties communicate

  • Grid can include as many as 64 buttons per page or as few as nine.

  • Kids are empowered to express their needs, wants, and emotions.

  • Typing-style text-to-talk function.

  • Create buttons with your own images.

  • Organize by color outlines, rows, and more.

Quick Take
Pros: Numerous options allow adults to customize the app to suit kids' current abilities and needs.
Cons: There's potential for frustration if customizations and settings aren't done carefully according to a child's needs.
Bottom Line: The price is hefty, but Proloquo2Go carries its weight by providing kids and teachers with an effective, one-of-a-kind communication tool.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Once the app is set up, it's highly engaging and fun. An adult will first need to customize the app to meet a kid's current needs, and show the child the basics of interacting with the interface.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Proloquo2Go readily adapts to a kid's current needs once it's customized. Kids are then empowered to learn word recognition, vocabulary, labeling feelings, and speaking skills.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Extensive in-app help section, plus a downloadable user's guide, webinars on the developer's website, Facebook- and Twitter-based social support, and more.

Our Review
What's It Like?

Proloquo2Go is an app designed to help teachers and therapists empower kids who have limited or no speech with an alternative way to communicate. It uses an adaptable, multi-size grid format to present images and words on "buttons." Buttons represent different groups of items, actions, "little words," and more. Students can choose from single words or combine words to make detailed sentences with which to express their wants, needs, emotions –- almost anything. You can add buttons using your own pictures or with images meaningful to each user.

As students use the typepad -- which you can set to adjust for fine motor skill delays or for kids with repetitive movements –- to spell or tap buttons into a meaningful sequence, they can form detailed sentences ("I am tired. I need a break, please."). The app can speak kids’ messages using a youthful voice (British or American, boy or girl), if desired. Words are categorized by type (verb, noun, and pronoun) and also a multitude of categories (food, family, or jobs, for example).

Is It Good For Learning?

It requires some setup and knowledge of each student's needs and preferences. Then, ongoing customization will optimize the user experience; it's very easy to change settings and use the options. Once you've mastered the basics, choosing or adding new words and organizing or highlighting choices in more effective ways will likely become second nature for teachers or therapists using this app with multiple kids.

Proloquo2Go can help kids grow in communication as well as emotional identification. This may reduce frustration in the classroom, improve social interaction between students and with adults, and help many speech-limited students increase social as well as academic skills.

How Can Teachers Use It?

Create a username for the first user, then choose a main category that fits his or her current communication level: Core Word (for kids who are able to combine words and make sentences); Basic Communication (single-word communication); or Blank Vocabulary (all customized). The Home grid appears with basic words and images in buttons in a 6x6 grid, which you can increase or decrease to suit each student's needs. Kids tap on the desired buttons, and they appear above the grid where the words are spoken consecutively. Proloquo2Go contains extensive customizations and many helpful tutorials.

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