Devices That Help With Speech

Hello Everyone, Our former 29 weeker prefers making sound as opposed to words, and uses only ONE SIGN - the sign for water. He also points in the direction of objects he wants. Having recently turned 13 and entering 8th grade in August, we thought maybe a talk Tech device might be helpful. What are your thoughts on this? And what devices do you recommend?

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  • Tori had speech and the therapist used an ipad with all sorts of apps. Some are free that I put on my phone. Her developmentalist uses an ipad as well.

    We didn't qualify either, Lindsay.

    Love ya guys,
  • Good Point, Lindsay! My SIL is a ST and she bought an iPad to use with her students. She says it's very helpful!
  • Our younger son diagnosed with ASD is currently receiving speech services through the State. We were told our kiddo wouldn't qualify for this, but you might want to see if your son would qualify for an iPAD 2. There are many apps that speech therapists are using on them that might be helpful. If he's getting speech through DDD, his ST should be able to put in for it at no cost to you. I've also heard that there is a grant through Best Buy.
  • I wish I could be more helpful, but I don't have a whole lot of knowledge here. I have worked with a kid that had no speech and severe CP. He used a device that he controlled with his head and the kid could tell the best jokes using his talking aide. I have no idea what it was, but he was able to carry on some pretty good conversations using his device. I hope you are able to find something that helps your son.

  • I don't have much experience with this, but I do work right next to the speech therapist at my school and know that she is full of ideas to help parents with similar needs. Maybe you could talk with is speech teacher and see what services might be available. Good luck!!

    Tracy :grin:
  • Hi Lisa,
    I'm not sure what kind of devices are available to help your son. My SIL is a speech therapist, so I'll try to ask her next time I talk to her!

    Good Luck,