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).
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.
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.