Giving a Voice to Those who Cannot Speak: Touch Chat

Those that claim that technology has replaced normal conversation may have a valid claim.
Facebook has virtually replaced the homey kitchen chat. An email is so much more convenient than a phone call. pr phone MC900384154 (1)All that may be true but what if a mother of toddlers is incapable of that heart to heart talk in a neighbor’s kitchen. What if a more-than-average intelligent young man is incapable of doing more than sitting quietly during a family discussion. He has so many thoughts. So many opinions. And they just run around and around his head with no place to go. Why? Because he cannot speak. Continue reading Giving a Voice to Those who Cannot Speak: Touch Chat

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Ipads and Toddlers when Speech is Delayed

When iPads, iPhones and iPods were first marketed, there was a lot of talk about their potential for making video viewing, reading books and newspapers, games, social networking. office apps and more, easily accessible. pr voca 2012 1506_ne_photo_stories1_27301

Millions of i-gadgets have since been sold around the world. With the development and increased presence of the i-devices, children at younger ages have been exposed to them, are playing with them and using them more and more. Continue reading Ipads and Toddlers when Speech is Delayed

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Hope

Dear Ezer Mizion and especially the VOCA Communication Devices Loan Department,

We greatly appreciate the opportunity you gave us to try out such costly equipment to check and see if it is effective for us.

The special computer gave our child a chance at better and more understandable communication, and gave us the impetus to make every effort to buy him a computer. Continue reading Hope

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Sharing our Joy

Dear Yonit,

I wanted to share with you and Ayala the tremendous excitement I felt yesterday upon reading Ya’arah teacher’s enthusiastic note.  I am attaching a copy of what she wrote in the Parent-Teacher notebook.

Ever since Ya’arah received the VOCA computer, her time in school is filled with content – She participates in the lesson, copies words from the board and has even made remarkable progress coloring and writing thanks to her use of the electronic pen! To my surprise, she even prefers it over a touch screen. Use of the electronic pen has also improved her pencil grip.

All the bulky folders full of communication boards remain at home now, and instead, we send Ya’arah with her compact computer!

Amazing improvement has taken place in her general abilities as well. She can already read and write on the computer: Abba, Ima, Galit (her sister) Tami (her other sister), Saba, Savta and more.

All this in less than a month!

Thank you so much!
Yaniv F.

 

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