Sneak Peek at the new Motor Plan Pageset for TD Snap (coming to the UK in November 2022, coming to the USA in January / February 2023)

Super excited to be beta testing the new Motor Plan pagesets (Motor Plan 30 & Motor Plan 66) for TD Snap. The two main designers behind it at Tobii Dynavox contacted me and asked if I’d like to see it. So I got my first peek at it during a video conference call over Teams on Thursday (10/20/22) and then received the beta files on Friday (10/21/22). I promised not to share those files but they were fine with me posting on social media about it.

So here are my first videos. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more as I continue to explore it. Very impressed with what I’m seeing.

These new pagesets will be coming to the UK in November 2022 and then coming to the USA in January / February 2023).


Videos (watch this area, I’ll be adding more videos as I explore features. Note: What you see in these videos may not match the final version of these pagesets. I’m sure they will continue to tweak things. That’s what “beta testing” is for 😊):

Motor Plan 30 & Motor Plan 66 pagesets


Setting up a new user for the Motor Plan 30 or Motor Plan 66 pageset. These new pagesets will be an addition to (not replacing) those already available. TD Snap is like a “library” and the pagesets are like “books” available within it.


How verbs are organized:


additional videos coming soon…


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Participated in the Recommender Panel at the Tobii Dynavox Power to be You (P2BU) conference today

It was an honor to be invited to participate on a “Recommender Panel” at the Tobii Dynavox Power to be You (P2BU) conference today (10/11/22). Thankful for the power of technology via Zoom to be able to do that remotely. It was cool to hear the other panelists perspectives and experiences in doing AAC evals and supporting AAC implementation in various settings. Although we each had varied experiences we had similar feedback for what we’d like to see in the future.

Common themes in recommendations included making AAC accessible on iPhones and pocket-sized devices, expanding to additional platforms, supporting use in more languages, offering more premade bilingual pagesets, offering premade pagesets with high contrast symbols, making it easier to find resources on their website, streamlining the funding process and communication regarding the status, enhancing access to customer support via instant messaging, FaceTime, etc., more transparency regarding the status of support for their older AAC apps and other products, and more support via their Tobii Dynavox Community Facebook group, etc…

It’s amazing how much AAC has changed over the past 33 years. Can’t wait to see what the future holds 😊


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TD Snap: a visual guide to getting started

TD Snap: a visual guide to getting started is now available for purchase on my OMazing Kids AAC Consulting TPT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TD-Snap-a-visual-guide-to-getting-started-7445593.

This resource has a 78 page PDF, access to a 35 minute unlisted YouTube video.

There is one topic per page with visuals.

This guide walks you through the initial set up and customization process for the TD Snap AAC app with a focus on the Core First pageset being used via direct access touch with a finger by kids, teens or young adults on an iPad. It has all kinds of information to get you going, ideas to foster ownership, the different versions of the app and types of pagesets, information about choosing a grid size, how to set it up, how to edit, ideas for customization, time stamped links to specific sections within helpful webinars, finding user groups, manuals and other resources, info about how SLPs can get free access and more… See the description on TPT for more info.


TPT Preview Video:


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TD Snap AAC App: Snap Core First Pageset Customizations

Examples of several customizations that I made in the Core First Pageset within the TD Snap AAC app (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/td-snap-aac/id1257753762)

Video:


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Creating a “text only” set up for kids in symbol-based AAC apps (updated 4/25/22)

I’ve seen several posts recently from pediatric SLPs looking for text-based AAC options for pretty young children. I had several patients like that on my caseload who preferred not to have symbols but the true text-based AAC apps didn’t have the vocabulary or age-appropriate voices that they needed.

This video shows how you can adjust the settings in 4 symbol-based AAC apps to turn them into a text-based set up. There are time stamps so you can jump to each app.


0:00 Intro
0:45 – Proloquo2Go
1:21 – TouchChat with WordPower
1:52 – CoughDrop
2:36 – TD Snap


The pros to doing this are having access to the age-appropriate vocabulary and age-appropriate voices.

All 4 of these apps have a keyboard area and 3 of them can access the iOS keyboard.


**** Important TouchChat Info (4/29/22): I just encountered a glitch with the TouchChat with WordPower app (version 2.36.0). I had toggled off “Show Icons” to demo a text only setup. When I tried to toggle back on the icons that toggle button would not work. I tried a Forced Restart but it didn’t resolve the issue. So I backed up all of my customized Vocab Files, deleted the app, reinstalled the app and imported all of my Vocab Files. I’ll be including this caution when folks ask me about using a text-only setup in this app until the app developer fixes the glitch.

Update about the TouchChat glitch (5/2/22): I heard back from TouchChat Support and they asked for a picture of all of my settings in the app since they hadn’t been able to replicate the issue. I had already deleted and reinstalled the TouchChat with WordPower app on my iPad. So I didn’t have any way to know what the combination of settings were that caused it or if it was an odd glitch that might have happened when I downloaded the most recent app update. Good news though… I just tried the Hide All Icons and now I’m not having the glitch anymore. So deleting and reinstalling the app seems to have resolved the issue.


Update 4/25/22: There’s a setting in GoTalk Now to toggle on “Hide All Images” that creates a text only setup


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