Proloquo2go: Using Recents and Notes to track device usage.

I talk to families frequently about tracking the usage of devices in various settings. Below is a quick how to one two ways to do this.

4 thoughts on “Proloquo2go: Using Recents and Notes to track device usage.

  1. Pamela AssistiveWare Harris says:

    Hello – The Recent View in Proloquo2Go is a feature for quickly accessing previously spoken vocabulary and was not designed as a data collection tool. For a message to appear in the Recent View, it must be ‘spoken’ by either tapping the Message Window or the Speak button in Typing View. Individual button presses are not stored in the Recent View.

    We are exploring the feasibility of adding a data collection feature to a future version of Proloquo2Go that collects meaningful data and considers confidentiality issues.

    We understand that data collection is important to determine current performance, progress, and whether or not instruction is working. However, with the increased use of aided language strategies, simply looking at what buttons were activated at what time does not distinguish who is activating the buttons, the AAC user or the person modeling for the AAC user. Also, many Proloquo2Go users include gestures, manual sign and vocalizations along with the app.

    Oftentimes, parents are looking for evidence that their son or daughter is using their AAC system at school. If the Proloquo2Go user is actively using the Message Window or the Typing View, the Recent View can serve this purpose to some degree. We encourage families to share the importance of data collection with the school team and agree on a strategy to collect measurable and meaningful data. PrAACtical AAC has suggestions for data collection you can discuss with the school staff. http://praacticalaac.org/?s=data+collection+

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    1. Readysettalkllc says:

      Hey. Thanks for this information. I probably should not have used the word ‘data’ but I still feel like the Recents option can give us good ‘information’. You see, in the region where I work, even with devices being written into IEPs, they are often not being used in schools. Time and time again, using the recents view, we see devices that have been are not being used even to model language, during school hours. I encourage my families to periodically look at the Recents tab to see if the device is at least being used. There is the understanding that many of our children do use multiple modalities to communicate, and that they may be using the these other methods rather than the device itself. But, sometimes, this is indicative of a larger problem in a class room.
      Further, as a practicing SLP of 10+ years, there have been instances where I have checked weekly to see if the device is being used, only to find out that it was not accessed since the previous session I had the with client. Of course this could mean numerous things-illness, using different modalities, etc.- but it at least gives me a starting point for a conversation that needs to be had with the family as to potential reasons why a device is not being used. Again, information, not data, is perhaps the better word to use.
      Lastly, I have used the Recents view to support data I collect. Sometimes, in sessions, stopping and writing down exact utterances or utterance lengths is not feasible or would kill the momentum we have with the client. Being able to go back and check this quickly at the end of a session has been a lifesaver.
      Thanks for the link. I’ll make sure to pass it along and check it myself. I’ve been using Proloquo2go since it came out, and love that you guys put so much time and effort into it and it’s users.

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      1. Pamela AssistiveWare Harris says:

        I sure understand the issues. Our son Josh is 28 years old and has used a communication aide (SGD) since he was 3. Imagine how it was 25 years ago. It’s a bit unsettling to know that many of the issues we faced two decades ago are still prevalent. As a parent, I know how contentious it can be to sit there with school staff armed with “evidence” that the device was not being used at all or only a few times. That’s why we share a link to PrAACtical AAC’s blogs and encourage families to discuss the importance of data collection with school teams with information from this highly reputable and professional resource. Keep up the good work and if we can be of any assistance, please let us know. You can reach our Support team at support@assistiveware.com 7 days a week. 🙂

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      2. Readysettalkllc says:

        First, off, thanks for this. You and your son are why so many of the therapists I know have such a fighting spirit.
        Secondly, this is the conversation we should all be having. Why, despite the innovations in technology, have we not addressed these other issues? Why is it hard for schools and families to work together? What is keeping people from using devices? I have opinions and thoughts, but you, the families are the ones who really know the answers to these questions. How can we talk about the issues in a way that does not create a defensive knee jerk reaction (not from you and families, but from the schools and administrators)?
        Good luck on your continued journey!

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