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Proloquo2Go

Symbol-based AAC

iPhone/iPad - Paid

Teacher Overview

Proloquo2Go is an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) application that can provide a voice for those with expressive and receptive language difficulties. From basic wants and needs to more complex sentences, Proloquo2go app is a viable communication tool for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, apraxia, aphasia, or traumatic brain injury. 

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Probably the most complete Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) device out there, Proloquo2go can be used to support basic language communication such as wants and needs right through to the development of full sentences. Buttons represent words which when tapped provide vocal output, for children who can type, a text-to-speech feature is also available. Realistic accents are available for both children and adults in American, English, Australian and Scottish. 

Three vocabulary levels are available; basic communication, intermediate core and advanced core, which are customisable to meet different levels of communication needs. Each screen is presented in a grid layout (3x3 up to 8x8) and further folders can be created within these grids. The app uses the SymbolStix system which is widely used and these symbols can be also replaced if needed with images that are more familiar for the user. Core word location throughout the application is consistent and easy to use for those with motor planning difficulties. When the user becomes more proficient, minimal customisation is needed to expand vocabulary. 

In the most recent update, social media links are now available enabling the user to post a status directly to Facebook or create a tweet. Email and messaging are also possible. Sending the message 'Hi Mum, how are you today?' direct from the classroom to an unsuspecting parent, was truly a special moment for both a parent and child in our school. All grids and information that have been created for users can be saved to PC or MAC, these profiles can be uploaded again quite easily. Instructional videos on how to create grids and customise the app are available on the developers website and 24/7 support is also there if you need it. 

Using proloquo2go has not yet completely reduced the need for expert advice, but it has brought AAC into the mainstream and more accessible for users and their families. The latest research reveals that  the biggest factor in choice of AAC system should be the users preference rather than any particular advantage that one system has over another. Traditional Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) were certainly more cumbersome in nature and often required advanced technical know how to ensure optimum performance. The release of the iPad with associated apps such as Proloquo2go has changed the field in this respect, the reliability of new mobile technologies has taken away the stresses and strains associated with older SGDs. In addition, one of the key contributing factors in AAC device abandonment is the lack of after support for users and their families once a particular hi-tech AAC system has been chosen. AssistiveWare are ahead of the game in this respect, comprehensive support is available through their website along with research-based evidence to support families on their AAC journey. There is also a growing AAC community now present on many social media platforms that allow families access to support if needed. 

Proloquo2go is the most expensive AAC application on the market but when used to its full potential, it provides excellent value for money. 

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Developer Description

Proloquo2Go is an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) app used by people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. It is available in English, Spanish, French, and Dutch for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Apple Watch.

Proloquo2Go provides natural sounding Text to Speech voices, a high resolution library of over 14,000 symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, two researched-based vocabulary organizations, advanced word prediction, multiuser support, and the ability to fully customize vocabularies for users along a broad continuum of abilities, from beginning symbolic communication to full literacy.

Having a vocabulary organization that is matched to the user’s communication skill level and promotes language development is crucial to successful AAC use. Creating a vocabulary organization from scratch can be extremely time consuming, and requires help from someone with knowledge of AAC vocabulary design. Proloquo2Go comes with two pre-programmed vocabulary organizations to choose from, Core Word and Basic Communication. These vocabularies are based on language development research, and have been carefully designed and reviewed by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) with extensive AAC experience. Both vocabularies are easily customizable to suit the personal needs and preferences of individual users.

Core Word allows for efficient access to the most frequently used words in English, along with a rich array of fringe vocabulary to allow for precise expression and vocabulary growth. Fringe vocabulary is organized using VocaPriority™, so frequently used words can be reached quickly, while less frequently used words remain accessible but don’t get in the way of finding the words you need most often. Core Word comes in six configurations from 9 to 64 buttons per page, and provides a balanced and flexible single-word vocabulary for saying whatever you want to say.

Basic Communication is designed for new communicators at the one and two word level, and comes in four configurations from 9 to 36 buttons per page, to promote developmental progression in communication skills.

Proloquo2Go is for anyone who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a dedicated AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. SLPs, teachers, and parents recommend it for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.

Proloquo2Go Features
  • Crescendo™, a complete research-based core word vocabulary with 10,000+ fringe words
  • Quickly and easily customisable – everything from the vocabulary to the appearance
  • Designed for a range of fine-motor and visual skills with options like 23 pre-programmed grid sizes
  • Use your regional vocabulary and accent with Australian, British and American English, European and Canadian French, Castilian and American Spanish, and Dutch and Flemish. The app also supports bilingual use, and you can even switch languages mid-sentence
  • 100 natural-sounding free voices across all languages, including children’s voices
Research-based
 
Proloquo2Go puts the user’s development first with features based on clinical knowledge and user research. Studies show that just 200-400 words make up 80% of what we say – known as core words. Combined with best practices like modeling, teaching core words has been shown to grow language and communication skills. Our Crescendo™ vocabulary is based on this insight and puts core words front and center for easy access.
 
Grows communication skills
 
Proloquo2Go is one of the few AAC apps designed to support all users, from beginning to advanced. This lets someone develop from single words to full grammatical sentences in the same app. With over 10,000 words available, there’s no limit on what you can say. Our Progressive Language feature reveals words step by step. This helps communicators learn words and their location as their vocabulary gradually grows.
 
Research has shown that consistent placement of objects supports easy recognition, known as motor planning. With this in mind, Proloquo2Go's thematic templates keep core words in the same places throughout the vocabulary. This helps communicators by reducing time wasted trying to find words.
 
Easy customisation and accessibility
 
Buttons, pages, navigation and access - the whole app is customisable. With just a few taps, you can make it suit both vocabulary and accessibility needs. For the most important things, you can add your own buttons. The app comes with more than 25,000 symbols for new words – but you can use your own photos too. Accessibility settings support scanning and Apple’s VoiceOver, for users with fine-motor challenges and vision impairments. These make the app work with how you’re comfortable using it.

Comprehensive support for Proloquo2Go

We’re there for you every step of the way. Help articles in the app are there whenever you need them. New to AAC? Our website has background resources in the Learn AAC section, and the AssistiveWare Core Word Classroom includes activities for teaching AAC effectively. You can also connect directly with our AAC community on our Facebook groups. If you have any questions, our support team is available 7 days a week, and is happy to help.
 
Apple's Volume Purchase Program for Proloquo2Go
 
Discounts available with Apple’s educational Volume Purchase Program – 50% off on 20 licenses or more. Joan Bruno’s Gateway to Language & Learning© vocabulary is available as in-app purchase (English only).
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