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 built of various core words that trigger other menus of related words. For instance, if Evie wants to say "Want eat breakfast," she can hit want--> eat --> breakfast. When she taps "eat," another page of food options pops up. She loves naming fruits and vegetables. Her favorite is "Chinese cabbage." As you can see below, if you click on the Chinese food square, you could potentially order Chinese food on the NOVA Chat!
|Lots of Chinese food options on the NOVA Chat! I'd like egg drop soup, please!|
Some hacks that I've discovered as we start this journey with augmentative communication are as follows:
|This book is coming up in Feb in the preschool curriculum, and Evie will be ready!|
|An example of how we stuck the picture cards in her book.|
|These pictures show how to say clean, dirty, wet, wash, and dry.|