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The Proloquo2Go App and Bluebee Pals

 Proloquo2Go is a communication app that is used by individuals who have a limited ability to use speech for communication and need an augmentative and/or alternative way to communicate. I have used this communication app with all ages from young children to adults with complex communication needs.

The Proloquo2G App offer s a variety of page sets for individuals with varying abilities and is easily customized. When referring to these tips below, I find them to be most useful when using the core vocabulary page sets, which give individuals the ability to communicate most effectively. Additionally, it would be helpful to have Proloquo2go on two separate iPads (one for the child if they are using that as their form of communication and the other iPad for the therapist who is using Proloquo2go for modeling purposes with the Bluebee Pal. 

Before you start an activity with your Bluebee Pal, ask the child “What would you like to name our Bluebee Pal?” Use the keyboard to create a name or give various choices. For an emergent reader, ask the child to choose one letter from the keyboard and then give choices from there (e.g. the child presses M, therapist asks child “Would you like her to be called Melanie or Mimi? etc). Having the child create a particular name for the Bluebee character will make the activity below even more meaningful. Once the child has created a name for the Bluebee Pal, add that name to the people page so that the child can create sentences with the name, request and comment appropriately.
 
Invite your Bluebee Pal to a tea party! your Bluebee Pal sit at the table  with you, as the therapist use  Proloquo2Go to help facilitate speech and language goals.
 When the tea party begins, practice greetings by navigating into the chat page and saying “Hello, My name is Bluebee (or the name created by the child)” What is your name? Have the child respond via speech or aided communication throughout this session. During the tea party, you can use Proloquo2go to ask questions (“What do you like to eat?”,“Who is your best friend?”), answer questions (“I like to eat toast.”etc.) and engage in simple conversation.                                                                   

 
This activity can help a child work towards initiating communication, sharing preferences (e.g. “I like the pink cup”) and sharing information.
  1. If a child is working on following directions, use your Bluebee Pal to give directions via the use of Proloquo2Go (e.g. Please give me the blue cup, etc). Encourage commenting by expressing various comments in the describing page (e.g. wonderful, favorite,fun).
  2. Use modeling and prompts to encourage the child to create 3-4 word sentences such as “This is fun” via using both core and fringe vocabulary.
  3. Other pages that would be useful during this activity would be the feelings page (e.g. “I feel happy”), actions (“I feed the baby”), and the food page (“I want a cookie”). Don’t forget to say “goodbye” and “all done” via navigating into your chat page and then accessing “all done” on your core page. 
 
 

Bluebee Pal Engaging Communication at P. 53K at P384

I am a speech-language pathologist working with verbal, minimally verbal, and non-verbal children on my caseload. I use Bluebee Pal Leo the Lion in nearly all of my therapy sessions. Leo the Lion, while paired to my iPad as I use absolutely any text-to-speech or communication app, provides spoken instructions to my students.

The kiddos sometimes ignore me, a human (I think), but I haven’t yet noticed anyone ignoring Bluebee Pal Leo, who is a cute robotic stuffed animal kind of thing, who moves his mouth as he talks or sings. I can’t compete with Leo. When he runs out of power (which takes days of use to happen), and I put him on the shelf, my kiddos look up at him, point, and request him! He is a powerful motivator for a number of my students who in the past resisted demands to try to pronounce difficult words but now readily imitate Leo. They sing along with him (e.g., Spotify app), and he tells them stories (e.g., MyOn app). https://www.bluebeepals.com

Their increased engagement has resulted in measurable therapeutic gains, whether quality of speech production, range of vocabulary on a speech device (e.g., Proloquo2Go app; LAMP Words for Life app; TouchChat app), combining words, or adding new communicative functions. Students who previously requested only, learned from Leo to direct a peer to take turns or perform actions in a game (e.g., open).  As a bilingual provider, I toggle languages on my personal communication apps to change the language when needed. So, Leo speaks Spanish (or any other language) that my apps support. https://aacapps.com

I recommend Bluebee Pals for your kiddos. – Joseph Kurtz, Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist, MS, CCC-SLP, PC

 

Joseph Kurtz
Bilingual Speech Pathologist, Spanish Extension
PROMPT Certified MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE, PC
P. 53K at P384
242 Cooper Street, Brooklyn NY 11207

Bluebee Pal and Speech Therapy Tool

What a great therapy tool!  What I love best about our bluebee pal is how diverse it is. We use it in so many ways! We have older kids use it as a projection of their voice to greet the younger kids;  increasing peer to peer interaction is such a great foundational communication skill for our kids to learn.  Also, the kids are more motivated to pick a song when the bluebee pal is singing it.  We are currently using it in our joint action routines (JARs) to teach a variety of communication skills to children with autism.

Therapists utilize Bluebee as a effective speech therapy motivational tool to engage in communication and learning. Bluebee participates in repeating words, answering questions and reading stories. There are variety of popular speech apps from basic to apps to AAC apps for non verbal children. What are the main apps paired with Bluebee Pals? Text to Speech Apps with reading activities, Proloquo2Go is an AAC app to enhance communication, Autism ihelps Apps teaches vocabulary, Super Duper Publications for speech, Smarty Ears for speech and Splingo for speech and language acquisition. Gregory Horan, M.S., SLP Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

 

Beenleigh Special School Australia Utilizing AAC

Beenleigh Special Needs School in Australia received a special visit this month from Laura Jiencke founder of Bluebee Pals after they purchased the first Bluebee in Australia. Laura received a wonderful reception from the principal, assistive technology coach and teachers. Bluebee Pals were applied in conjunction with AAC Devices in every classroom to engage non-verbal children in communication.

Each classroom is set-up to the Australian AAC ( alternative, augmentative communication) system. AAC incorporates the individual’s full communication abilities and may include any existing speech or vocalizations, gestures, manual signs, and aided communication. AAC is truly multimodal, permitting individuals to use every mode possible to communicate. Over time, the ability to use AAC devices may change and the AAC system chosen today may be a different system tomorrow. In any case, an AAC system is an integrated group of four components used by an individual to enhance communication. These four components are symbols, aids, techniques, and strategies.


Assistive Technology Coach Shannon Braithwaite Presenting to Classrooms Bluebee Pals with AAC Apps.

 

 “The classrooms use AAC apps Proloquo2go and PODD/Compass. AAC is embedded into the teacher’s practice so rather than utilizing it for specific activities, our teachers use it for all interactions they have with students. The teachers point to symbols of the AAC system while speaking to the students. This is referred to as (modeling) and teachers are encouraged to model a range of communication functions, not just asking a question. Our teachers implement the Australian curriculum where every lesson/ activity would be modeled on the AAC system. The students are encouraged to participate using multimodal communication (verbal responses, AAC, gesture/ facial expression and combination methods).” …..Shannon Braithwaite

Bluebee Pals a Huge Success in all Classrooms!

 

Bluebee Pals Engaging Public Schools

 

Bluebee Pals founder Laura Jiencke received this testimonial from a public elementary school in College Place, Washington

I thought you would enjoy watching this language lesson using one of the Bluebee Pals you donated to us in our elementary life skills classroom. This lesson incorporated teaching the core word SOME through our Blubee Pal Lion using the AAC App Proloquo2go on our Ipads.Our story was The Tawny Scrawny Lionby Kathryn Jackson (Little Golden Books).

After this video ended we went on to have the students practice asking the lion, “Do you want some food?” both verbally and with their voice output AAC devices. The Bluebee Pal Lion would respond, “I want some food” then the student would feed it. They were very engaged and excited throughout this lesson. https://www.bluebeepals.com/tutorials/

 One of our students who is generally less engaged than the other students, squealed and laughed with delight at our antics with the lion.  Thank you again for providing these fun educational tools for us to utilize in so many ways in our speech and language lessons. We wil continue to explore the usages in incorporating Bluebee Pals not only in our speech classes but in our reading classes and circulmn. https://www.bluebeepals.com/bluebee-pals-app/

 

 

Bilingual AAC Apps and Bluebee Pal


Bilingual AAC Apps

Proloquo2Go

Proloquo2Go is a communication app that is used by individuals who have a limited ability to use speech for communication and need an augmentative and/or alternative way to communicate. I have used this communication app with all ages from young children to adults with complex communication needs.

The Proloquo2Go communication app offers a variety of page sets for individuals with varying abilities and is easily customized for each user. I find that the most useful page sets are the core vocabulary page sets, which give individuals the ability to communicate most effectively and with a more robust vocabulary page set. Additionally, it would be helpful to have Proloquo2go on two separate iPads (one for the child if they are using that as their form of communication and the other iPad for the therapist who is using Proloquo2go for modeling purposes) with the Bluebee Pal. 

To learn more about how to facilitate communication with this app and Bluebee Pal, click here.

I have used Proloquo2Go for many years and have found its bilingual features intuitive and there is ease in switching back and forth between languages. Languages included in this app are Spanish, French, and Dutch. This app also comes with specific bilingual voices as well, so the speech sounds natural and fluent.  To learn more about it’s bilingual features in both Proloquo2Go and Proloquo4Text, click here.

When using a bilingual app and Bluebee Pal, it affords the user the opportunity for Bluebee to speak multiple languages within a session. For bilingual speech language pathologist, the Bluebee Pal can be a great tool within a therapy session as well as the classroom for teachers with bilingual students. For children who are learning English, a teacher can set up a tablet with Bluebee Pal on one language (e.g. Spanish) and have the children respond in a different language on their talker (e.g. English). It can be an excellent tool with endless ideas!

LAMP Words for Life

LAMP Words For Life™ is a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies. LAMP™ provides a consistent motor pattern for words with an efficient way to develop communication skills allowing for unlimited communication opportunities with others. The app is available with three different vocabulary pages sets; LAMP 84 One Hit, LAMP 84 Transition and LAMP 84 Full.

LAMP Words For Life™ combines 50 years of PRC experience with the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning approach. The app is appropriate for emerging, context dependent and advanced communicators. It is a symbol based app that is appropriate for individuals of all literacy levels. This language system is also based on many years of research that has helped shape the system that it is today. For more information on LAMP Words For Life™ app, click here. For additional resources, lesson plans and much more, check out AAC Language Lab here. To learn more about this app and how to use with Bluebee Pal with a featured activity, click here.

LAMP Words for Life has a unique page set titled LAMP WFL – Spanish/English 1 Hit and LAMP WFL – Spanish/English Full. These page set are truly bilingual and can give the user the ability to switch back and forth with ease. This app also comes with specific bilingual voices as well so the speech sounds natural and fluent. To learn more about this system and it’s bilingual features, click here.

Are you looking additional therapy apps to help teacher a child a new language?

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