Thursday, March 15, 2007


I had the privelege of going to Crew's preschool today. I was impressed with the interaction he received from the teachers. There are only 6 kiddos with 5 teachers. Crew gets a lot of one on one attention. It's great!

We met with the Augmentative team. They observed Crew and talked to me about the different communication devices. There are several options. Identifying and pointing to pictures of objects/activities is an emerging skill. I feel like Crew would do well with a simple 4 square communication board. We will probably start there.

I was introduced to some amazing equipment. It is exciting to know that there are so many possiblities out there for Crew as he continues to progress. One of the latest state of the art communication devices is the TANGO. The tango is lightweight. The voice is a childs voice. Using the device, a child can say things like, "I love you", or "Your bugging me , dad". I love it! It has a digital camera attached so you can take pictures of family, friends, toys etc and program it to voice the corresponding word or phrase. It even has the option of changing the voice to a mad, whiney, or happy voice. Who wouldn't want this for their kid!

Check it out here!


  1. WOW! That's fantastic. Isn't technology the greatest!
    I'm glad he's getting such quality one on one time.

  2. That looks neat! There are a lot of great things out there for kids that need the extra help. I am so glad that I live now instead of 100 years earlier.

  3. That is a sweet looking computer. That is awesome. I'm glad to hear the Crew is in good hands and is getting the attention he deserves. The Tango looks like a cool "gameboy".

  4. Good luck on the communication front!!
    I've seen some of those devices where they talk...they're SO cool! (The ones I've seen tho are bulky and heavy!)
    Yay for a preschool with multiple teachers!! YAY!!

  5. It's amazing what technology can do. Yeah for Crew!!

  6. Mel, guess we have the same taste in a lot of stuff! I just read an article about the father who invented this for his son. I hope one day Jack can use this! We are using the picture exchange with (for right now) inconsistent results. Please keep me posted on how crew is doing with his pictures. Thanks for the link!

  7. Wow, amazing the inventions they come out with to help children that need a little boost. Thanks for educating.


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