For those of you who don't already know, Evie has an augmentative communication device called a NOVA Chat. While Evie's oral motor skills are getting stronger, she still is not able to express herself verbally, and needs a way to communicate, especially in the school setting with people who do not know her sign language motions. When we were first presented with our options at Boston Children's Hospital in the augmentative communication clinic, we had to decide between the iPad and the NOVA Chat. We chose the NOVA chat because Evie is already way too attached to the iPad and we want her to see the NOVA Chat as a communication device and not a potential Youtube playing device. But the iPad is a perfectly good choice for other kids! Evie's preschool team has fully embraced the NOVA Chat. We attended a half day training with a Saltillo rep, which was helpful, but the training was oriented more towards the therapist than the parents. The NOVA Chat has a home page
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