The speech app I use on my Ipad is Proloquo2go, a very kind gift from the guys I work with at school. It’s quite an advanced app, as far as such things go: it is a Minspeak-based system, but also has an ordinary qwerty keyboard mode which I use. For those who don’t know, Minspeak is a symbol-based system where you select combinations of symbols to get the device to say words or sentences. I’ve never got into it, but I’ve had friends/acquaintances who swear by it, and say it’s a far quicker form of AAC.
A few days ago, then, I began wondering whether it was worth giving it a go. After all, Proloquo2go always boots up with the symbol screen, and I have to deliberately switch to qwerty. Having always typed ‘normally’, can I now learn a new system? How hard can it be? Might I indeed begin to ‘talk’ more quickly? Having watched a couple of Youtube videos about it, I must admit I’m curious. I’ll now sit down and fiddle with my Ipad, and see if I can get it to say anything. After all, in the current lock-down circumstances, teaching myself a new skill seems like a good idea.