Archive for the High Tech AAC Category

Tablets As Communication Devices

Tablets As Communication Devices

By Amy Roman, M.S., CCC-SLP Tablets As Communication Devices: A tablet can serve as excellent light-weight speech generating device.   Some models can even continue to meet the needs of people who experience a reduction in or the loss of hand function by providing alternative access options like eye tracking.   “Text-to-Speech” (TTS) […]

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New Technology- Eye Tracking on Tablet

New Technology-  Eye Tracking on Tablet

By:  Amy Roman, CCC-SLP   Last month I provided a webinar entitled “Keeping Tablets Accessible While Living with ALS”.  The webinar explored many ways to use a tablet (and computers) with limited or no hand movement.  I have received quite a few requests for the “Eye Tracking […]

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2 Ways to Make your iPad/iPhone Accessible (Video)

2 Ways to Make your iPad/iPhone Accessible (Video)

2 Ways to Make your iPad/iPhone Accessible By Amy Roman, MS, CCC-SLP.   More of my patients are using iPads and Androids as their speech generating devices.  Though Androids provide more options for maintaining access with hand weakness, the iPad does have some nice features.  This < […]

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ABC News Features Many Ways pALS Communicate

ABC News Features Many Ways pALS Communicate

 Video: This ABC news spot features a glimpse at many communication methods from eye tracking on a computer based speech generating device (SGD) to the use of a head mounted laser pointer to target words and letters on a paper communication poster.  You will see people who use a BoogieBoard (a light weight LCD writing […]

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Don’t Sacrifice Comfort for Communication

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort for Communication

By Amy Roman, SLP. One of the first things I suggest to pALS experiencing any neck, shoulder or arm weakness is to avoid laptops or touchscreens when possible.  Communicating all day with the full 10 lb. weight of your head thrust in front of your spine is […]

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My Top 5 Switches for ALS

My Top 5 Switches for ALS

            For an article on the very important uses of switches for pALS please visit the Praactical AAC Website.

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