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Title: Wednesday,%20April%208,%202009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Dr. Seuss's AACs
  (A Poem about Augmentative Alternative
Communication) re-printed with permission from I
am Micro-Managing (Another of my favorite parents
of special kids blogs)
Did you know there are some for whom speaking is
tough? Who use signing, and pictures, and
pointing, and stuff? But those methods can
lack They can frustrate all! (And leave us each
feeling quite helpless and small.)
But there are cool new ways for a voice to be
heard, and to be understood, without saying a
word! These high-tech-y tools are expensive and
rare... but each time I check, a brand new one is
there! They're newer than new, and they sparkle
and shine, with computering parts that are finer
than fine!
Oh, the wonderful things these devices can
do! They can scroll straight to "cow"! They can
help you say "Moo!" They can show you a "bowl" or
a "sister" or "bus" they can help you say
"Help!" with such minimal fuss!
Take oodles of photos! Build word lists
galore! Use the voice of your choice, speak in
school -- or the store! Give your puppy a
name! Select lunch on your own ask for milk,
juice, or pop! Even talk on the phone!
Give your teachers a way to test how much you
know! Tell your dad that your shoe is too tight
on your toe! Request movies by name! Then, just
for a lark, tell your mom that you want to eat
cheese in the park! Yes, the world is your
oyster, and you are it's pearl Communication's
the KEY for each boy and each girl!
It's exciting and fresh -- talking fun that is
fun! But there IS a small catch You can only
have ONE! The selection is vast the technology
new. Take a carefullish look Find the one right
for YOU! Do you need overlays? Would a camera be
nice? Do you like Unity? Or would Minspeak
Are we shooting towards goals of literacy? Is it
helpful to have just a small qwerty key? And how
many screens -- sixty-four or just three?
What? What's that? What's that that you say? You
say 64 is the magical way? Sixty-four will
display all the things you might say? (Are you
sure that's not far too much stuff in the way??)
Or maybe it is? You really don't know? How do we
decide which direction to go? There are all
shapes and sizes, and colors galore! But we can't
try them all, and they keep making more!
Should one organize words by theme or by
list? Have a visual base, or conceptual
twist? And how does it feel? Does it fit in your
hand? Do you have to sit down? Will it work when
you stand? Can you use it in rain? See the
screen in the sun? Can you lock the
controls? Charge it up on the run?
Is it easy to clean? Will it fit in your bag? Is
there user support without having to nag? Is it
heavy to hold? Are there cords in the way? Can it
actually say all you hope, dream, and pray? Does
it need USBs? Or expansioning packs? Is it easy
to learn, yet has challenging tracks?
Is the camera built-in? Are there symbols or
pix? Can it play any games? Does it do any
Will it speak Japanese? Can it surf on the
web? If I buy the upgrade, will it dootle or
fleb? Can it dance the fandango or do the
Watusi? Does it have shoulder straps, or clip to
one's caboose-y?
Is it bluetooth compat? Does it lay golden
eggs? Can it walk by itself on its wee robot
legs? Is it unbreakable? Does it use rocket
fuel? Can it fly on its own to and from my son's
school? Does it come with its very own
echo-locator? (And if lost, will it come right
back -- sooner than later?)
All this pick-y and choose-y and question-y
stuff makes my head feel all woozy! ENOUGH is
So which choice is best? Which one passes each
test? Which rises above all the lowlier
rest? From near and from far, North, South, East,
or West, which one is the perfectest, bestliest, B
How I dread, dread, dread, DREAD sorting through
in my head... Can't anyone out there JUST TELL US,