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Minspeak Transforms Lives

Minspeak users are more successful communicators at home, in school, at work and in their communities.  See stories of succcess and hope on the Minspeak web site

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Prentke Romich Company (PRC)

Success stories are submitted to Prentke Romich Company (PRC) in the USA by a person using a PRC device or their parent or caregiver. The stories offer information about their journey through life with alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and their communication success.

Case studies illustrate how individuals with specific disabilities use PRC devices to communicate effectively. The studies include information from the AAC professionals involved in the therapy and the assistive technology specialist who is training or teaching the AAC device user. Most studies also include comments from a parent or caregiver. Video clips and language samples may also be used to illustrate therapies.

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Parker Stone, Vantage Lite User

 

Parker Stone - for children with physical and mental limitations, like 7-year-old Parker Stone, communicating can be a frustrating endeavor.

Rio Rancho Public Schools is now using an electronic “talker” that helps Stone, who has autism, communicate better by helping him form complete sentences. The small Prentke Romich electronic devices have a touch screen and use the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning, or LAMP, technology.

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Speech and Hearing Perspectives - AAC Comes Home

"Have you ever considered using a speech generating device with your daughter?"

Although I am a speech-language pathologist, I got a knot in my stomach when I read this question in an email from an SLP preparing to evaluate my 4.5 year old daughter, Jaycee.  

I should have known this question was coming because of her developmental delays due to her diagnosis of Down syndrome, but it still caught me off guard.

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  Noah Trembly is a wiz at computer programming and graphic design, and he has worked in the art world for years. He now works an ambassador for Prentke Romich.  

Trembly teaches alongside John McCarthy, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, part of the university’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP). Alternative communication is of particular interest to McCarthy, and Trembly is an expert. 

Trembly also has cerebral palsy, which severely limits his mobility and verbal communication.

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The Center for AAC and Autism

What is Successful AAC communication?

Real communication is the expression of one's heart and mind. We communicate to express our needs, desires, thoughts, and humor, to ask questions and learn about the world around us, to engage with others. Real communication occurs when we have the ability to say what we want to say when we want to say it. It is the combination of access to a multitude of words, gestures, facial expressions, and vocalizations. Communication should not be limited by others' predictions of what we might want to say. The desire to communicate comes from the fact that it makes our lives easier, more enjoyable, and more rewarding.

We will be introducing to you several individuals with autism, who are using AAC to communicate and develop their language skills. They are in different stages of learning but all are on their way to becoming independent, spontaneous communicators.

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