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ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE COMMUNICATION DEVICE-NOVA CHAT?

Posted by on May. 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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THIS IS A DEVICE THAT MY SON MIGHT BE GETTING FOR SCHOOL/HOME TO HELP HIM COMMUNICATE. ANYONE KNOW MORE ABOUT IT? PROS/CONS?

 

 

THANKS FOR READING :)

by on May. 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on May. 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 

dawncs
by Dawn on May. 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

 I do not know anything about communication devices directly myself. However, I have seen them in action myself at an expensive Special Education boarding school that I worked for once. Any communication device is pretty spectacular to spend that kind of money on them.

darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Never heard of it before but good luck!

mami286
by Member on May. 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

 

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 

 

mami286
by Member on May. 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

 they have done the assessment, saw that my 6yo needed the AT/AAC device then had our first meeting which was held 4/28/14. at the meeting the AAC specialist suggested that my son was very comfortable with using the Nova Chat. However she then stated that she would like to try one more device similiar to the Nova Chat. its called accent 800. just alil different programs than the Nova Chat and i believe possibly bigger. so im waiting for confirmation on our next assessment and then meeting. this is all new to me and the school he attends. my son will be the only student with one. i know its going to be a long process but glad im getting it out there now :)

*how old is your daughter?

*how long was your process/trial for?

*how often may your daughter use her device on school grounds?

*any problems with device, usage,  teachers, among fellow students?

*others at the school uses a device aswell?

*pro/cons?

*advice?

THANK YOU GREATLY FOR RESPONDING. SORRY FOR THE QUESTIONS, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND SOMETHING "ONLY" I LOOKED INTO. no one suggested it, nor brought to my attention. so in case something isnt right/correct, im fully aware of it.

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 

 

mami286
by Member on May. 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

 thank you for your response. from what you noticed of the devices in action, did you see anything negative about a child having one? distraction, too loud, amount of time used, etc

Quoting dawncs:

 I do not know anything about communication devices directly myself. However, I have seen them in action myself at an expensive Special Education boarding school that I worked for once. Any communication device is pretty spectacular to spend that kind of money on them.

 

Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on May. 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM


Quoting mami286:

 they have done the assessment, saw that my 6yo needed the AT/AAC device then had our first meeting which was held 4/28/14. at the meeting the AAC specialist suggested that my son was very comfortable with using the Nova Chat. However she then stated that she would like to try one more device similiar to the Nova Chat. its called accent 800. just alil different programs than the Nova Chat and i believe possibly bigger. so im waiting for confirmation on our next assessment and then meeting. this is all new to me and the school he attends. my son will be the only student with one. i know its going to be a long process but glad im getting it out there now :)

*how old is your daughter?  Almost 6, non verbal, hearing impaired, and has ASD and down syndrome

*how long was your process/trial for? One month

*how often may your daughter use her device on school grounds? We will build up to full time use.  She has a one on one aid that uses it for choice making now like foods and activities.  My daughter can not run it well yet, she needs to grow into the concept.

*any problems with device, usage,  teachers, among fellow students?  No.  I worry about its safety in getting lost or damaged, but the aide does a good job.

*others at the school uses a device aswell? Not that I am aware of.

*pro/cons?  I like that it is one electronic piece and not a bunch of PECS that she throws around.  It has an amplifier for her hearing loss.  I like the small size we got.  She is tiny for her age and it is a bit heavy.  The larger one would have been too much for her

*advice?  Get the one he likes and seems to respond to best or he won't use it as well.

THANK YOU GREATLY FOR RESPONDING. SORRY FOR THE QUESTIONS, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND SOMETHING "ONLY" I LOOKED INTO. no one suggested it, nor brought to my attention. so in case something isnt right/correct, im fully aware of it.

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 



mami286
by Member on May. 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

 ok thanks. i sure hope my trial goes that fast. i live in california so maybe things are alil different. i hope my son can use his device often but between academic work, not  sure how itll fit in.

*do you and teacher discuss her full time usage? you and aid or is it just noted in IEP shes required to have it full time?

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Quoting mami286:

 they have done the assessment, saw that my 6yo needed the AT/AAC device then had our first meeting which was held 4/28/14. at the meeting the AAC specialist suggested that my son was very comfortable with using the Nova Chat. However she then stated that she would like to try one more device similiar to the Nova Chat. its called accent 800. just alil different programs than the Nova Chat and i believe possibly bigger. so im waiting for confirmation on our next assessment and then meeting. this is all new to me and the school he attends. my son will be the only student with one. i know its going to be a long process but glad im getting it out there now :)

*how old is your daughter?  Almost 6, non verbal, hearing impaired, and has ASD and down syndrome

*how long was your process/trial for? One month

*how often may your daughter use her device on school grounds? We will build up to full time use.  She has a one on one aid that uses it for choice making now like foods and activities.  My daughter can not run it well yet, she needs to grow into the concept.

*any problems with device, usage,  teachers, among fellow students?  No.  I worry about its safety in getting lost or damaged, but the aide does a good job.

*others at the school uses a device aswell? Not that I am aware of.

*pro/cons?  I like that it is one electronic piece and not a bunch of PECS that she throws around.  It has an amplifier for her hearing loss.  I like the small size we got.  She is tiny for her age and it is a bit heavy.  The larger one would have been too much for her

*advice?  Get the one he likes and seems to respond to best or he won't use it as well.

THANK YOU GREATLY FOR RESPONDING. SORRY FOR THE QUESTIONS, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND SOMETHING "ONLY" I LOOKED INTO. no one suggested it, nor brought to my attention. so in case something isnt right/correct, im fully aware of it.

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 

 

 

Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on May. 12, 2014 at 7:58 PM

The unit and the safety responsibility of the aide are listed in her IEP.  Since we are just trying to get her use to it and are building up time teach and I just talk about when and when not to use it.  My daughter can not use it well yet, so needs full help.  We hope one day that is a big source for her communication and it is always with her, but she just is not developmentally ready.

Quoting mami286:

 ok thanks. i sure hope my trial goes that fast. i live in california so maybe things are alil different. i hope my son can use his device often but between academic work, not  sure how itll fit in.

*do you and teacher discuss her full time usage? you and aid or is it just noted in IEP shes required to have it full time?

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Quoting mami286:

 they have done the assessment, saw that my 6yo needed the AT/AAC device then had our first meeting which was held 4/28/14. at the meeting the AAC specialist suggested that my son was very comfortable with using the Nova Chat. However she then stated that she would like to try one more device similiar to the Nova Chat. its called accent 800. just alil different programs than the Nova Chat and i believe possibly bigger. so im waiting for confirmation on our next assessment and then meeting. this is all new to me and the school he attends. my son will be the only student with one. i know its going to be a long process but glad im getting it out there now :)

*how old is your daughter?  Almost 6, non verbal, hearing impaired, and has ASD and down syndrome

*how long was your process/trial for? One month

*how often may your daughter use her device on school grounds? We will build up to full time use.  She has a one on one aid that uses it for choice making now like foods and activities.  My daughter can not run it well yet, she needs to grow into the concept.

*any problems with device, usage,  teachers, among fellow students?  No.  I worry about its safety in getting lost or damaged, but the aide does a good job.

*others at the school uses a device aswell? Not that I am aware of.

*pro/cons?  I like that it is one electronic piece and not a bunch of PECS that she throws around.  It has an amplifier for her hearing loss.  I like the small size we got.  She is tiny for her age and it is a bit heavy.  The larger one would have been too much for her

*advice?  Get the one he likes and seems to respond to best or he won't use it as well.

THANK YOU GREATLY FOR RESPONDING. SORRY FOR THE QUESTIONS, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND SOMETHING "ONLY" I LOOKED INTO. no one suggested it, nor brought to my attention. so in case something isnt right/correct, im fully aware of it.

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 




mami286
by Member on May. 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

 i sure hope one day she will grasp it also. it seems like a life saver. it puzzles me that not many are familiar with AT/AAC. my harbor regional counslor  had no idea, my sons current speech pathologist had no idea how things workout, so i was amazed and felt proud of introducing it.

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

The unit and the safety responsibility of the aide are listed in her IEP.  Since we are just trying to get her use to it and are building up time teach and I just talk about when and when not to use it.  My daughter can not use it well yet, so needs full help.  We hope one day that is a big source for her communication and it is always with her, but she just is not developmentally ready.

Quoting mami286:

 ok thanks. i sure hope my trial goes that fast. i live in california so maybe things are alil different. i hope my son can use his device often but between academic work, not  sure how itll fit in.

*do you and teacher discuss her full time usage? you and aid or is it just noted in IEP shes required to have it full time?

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Quoting mami286:

 they have done the assessment, saw that my 6yo needed the AT/AAC device then had our first meeting which was held 4/28/14. at the meeting the AAC specialist suggested that my son was very comfortable with using the Nova Chat. However she then stated that she would like to try one more device similiar to the Nova Chat. its called accent 800. just alil different programs than the Nova Chat and i believe possibly bigger. so im waiting for confirmation on our next assessment and then meeting. this is all new to me and the school he attends. my son will be the only student with one. i know its going to be a long process but glad im getting it out there now :)

*how old is your daughter?  Almost 6, non verbal, hearing impaired, and has ASD and down syndrome

*how long was your process/trial for? One month

*how often may your daughter use her device on school grounds? We will build up to full time use.  She has a one on one aid that uses it for choice making now like foods and activities.  My daughter can not run it well yet, she needs to grow into the concept.

*any problems with device, usage,  teachers, among fellow students?  No.  I worry about its safety in getting lost or damaged, but the aide does a good job.

*others at the school uses a device aswell? Not that I am aware of.

*pro/cons?  I like that it is one electronic piece and not a bunch of PECS that she throws around.  It has an amplifier for her hearing loss.  I like the small size we got.  She is tiny for her age and it is a bit heavy.  The larger one would have been too much for her

*advice?  Get the one he likes and seems to respond to best or he won't use it as well.

THANK YOU GREATLY FOR RESPONDING. SORRY FOR THE QUESTIONS, THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND SOMETHING "ONLY" I LOOKED INTO. no one suggested it, nor brought to my attention. so in case something isnt right/correct, im fully aware of it.

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Yes.  My daughter has one.  It is like an IPAD, but an Android version.  Did you do the trial yet to pass through insurance?  We went with the mini version instead of the larger one as my daughter is small. 

 

 

 

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