Getting A Speech Device

Cooper has been using a Communication Device since he was 5 years old. At first I was very nervous about getting him a talking device even though he is completely nonverbal. I thought it would limit what little communication he had. I was wrong. It has been absolutely wonderful. Cooper’s speech therapist was 100% responsible for helping us get his device. Here is her advice!

Getting a Device

It is possible to get a device without consulting an outside company! You can work with your SLP to determine the most appropriate device and program for the client (i.e. which works the best for the client’s motor and cognitive needs regarding size and selection of buttons and portability of the device, as well as the type of vocabulary that is available)

Funding Options

Once you have decided the best device and program for your kiddo, there are several options for funding:

  • Private pay – the family/caregiver can purchase the device and program themselves. For an iPad equipped with Proloquo2Go, for example, this could run about $200-400 for an iPad Mini or $400-500 for an iPad plus $250 for Proloquo2Go if it is not on sale. For the other options, you’ll probably need a formal report from the SLP and a doctor’s order from the Primary Care Provider.
  • Grants – the client’s case manager can help the family find grants for AAC.
  • Use Talk to Me Technologies or a similar company like we did,
  • Talk to Me is great because they take care of all correspondence between the family and the insurance company. They also provide and program the device and have tech support and coverage for the device. They will replace components that break for free a certain number of times.
    • Talk to Me is established in their “core” states: MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, and WI. They also have a national sales team, and they are available in CA, NC, and SC and will take on referrals in other states as much as possible.
    • There are other representatives through larger companies like Tobii/Dynavox or Prentke Romich, but they will only present devices and programs from their company.

Cooper Using His Device

I get so many questions about Coopers communication device. The system he uses is Proloquo2Go and the iPad is from Talk to Me Technologies. He loves his pad so much. He likes to be silly and play with us.
The number one question I am asked is if it limits the speech he currently has. The answer is no. If anything it’s improved it. I was doubtful just like you might be. Before I even knew what nonverbal was I said to Coops dad that I was scared of him talking through a computer. My fears were valid but wrong. It’s a great way to engage. If you have more questions leave a comment and I can answer them all in a blog post. #autism #nonverbal @talktometechnologies

Posted by Finding Cooper’s Voice on Sunday, February 12, 2017

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