22 FEB 10
Jen the SLP called me this morning after reading my message that JR’s iPod has arrived. She made a recommendation of an app for JR. It’s called iPrompts and can be found at the iTunes store. The cost is $50.00 though. THIS link is on you tube and it includes parental feedback on the apps use. If the link doesn’t work just type in the youtube search engine the words “iPrompts Workable Picture Based Communication”. The website of the developer can be found HERE. To the SLP and myself the fact that the company has technical support is a HUGE selling feature for this particular app.
JR hasn’t had any access to the iPod as of yet. I didn’t want him to not have any interest in it before we began working with it. And let’s face it the standard apps that come with it wouldn’t hold my interest let alone that of a child with ADHD and autism. But tomorrow it goes to school and this iPromopts app will be installed and I can tinker around with it.
23 FEB 10
The iPod went into to school yesterday so Jen could load up some apps from her account. When it came home we didn’t have wi-fi capabilities on it any longer. I have taken care of that issue and the wi-fi is back. According to some e-mails passing back and forth between me and Jen the SLP at school when JR saw her getting the touch out of his book bag he wasn’t very happy about her taking this from him. Keep in mind this was even before he used the unit. This is exactly what she wrote concerning her taking the touch from his book bag:
“Actually, he saw me take it out of his book bag today and started screaming and getting upset that I was taking it – he seems to know already, without using it, that this is important and is taking ownership of it already – which is what he does with his Dynavox. This is great, and is a skill that is VERY hard to teach a child (actually, JR is without question the most protective and proud device owner in the school!) :)”
Last night he was playing with the one app called abc animals and the only thing that the user needs to do is learn how to “turn the pages”. The program is self driven where the name of the animal is announced along with the beginning letter of each name. A very simple and basic app designed for a toddler/pre-schooler to teach them to work the device itself. He really seemed to enjoy that one a lot and was trying to say the letters! Jen said the P2G app wouldn’t get added until he gets comfortable with the touch itself. I came back to her suggesting that the app is what is going to make him comfortable with the touch. She came back with all though she agrees with me the P2G is what is going to make him comfortable since the school is paying for the app they want to see some data on the child’s ability to manipulate the various other programs first. With P2G costing almost $200.00 a pop and a good many of the kids at school are getting these now I can understand their reasoning. I can understand it fine, I just don’t like it….LOL
JR is a computer wizard and loves high tech gadgets so I really don’t see a huge issue with comfort using the touch. Is my son the next Bill Gates? Who knows but this journey is going to be fun to be a part of. I wondered when he was younger if he had a “gift” or savant abilities for anything and I began to worry some (I’m a mom worrying is part of the job criteria) when he didn’t show any real interest in anything except his movies. Two things happened last year almost back to back;
1. he got his own desktop computer for watching his movies (those portable DVD players just didn’t hold up to the use my boy gave them).
2. I loaded zac browser (www.zacbrowser.com) onto his computer.
BOOM!!! you would think a whole new world opened up for him. And probably in his mind that is exactly what happened. So here we are a year later and his talents and abilities are starting to shine through. I believe this touch is just going to cement them even deeper.
So this is the first “official” entry for JR using his new touch. This is very exciting stuff. I will continue to write as frequently as is needed to keep people up to speed.
25 FEB 10
Last night I was tinkering with JR’s touch and I discovered that opposite what I had been told; there is a way to turn off the movie feature on the touch. Following are the instructions for turning off/on the movie feature:
From the main screen: click settings
From settings: click general
From general: (scroll up a bit) click restrictions. Here you will need a 4 digit pin number in order to open the restriction menu.
After putting in your pin number (twice the first time) it takes u to the restrictions menu.
In restrictions: scroll up a bit until you see the word movies.
From the movies area you can select what movies based on ratings that you will allow to be uploaded to the touch. At the very top of that screen are the words: Don’t allow movies.
There are others things that can be restricted as well as SueM indicated to me a little while back when I asked about this.
Now we won’t all have to be buying 2 iPods for our kids.