icommunicator

Advantages

Students get to hear the words, see the words, and see the American Sign Language as teh text is being said

Documents are easily translated

Allows for voice recognition

Disadvantages

The icommunicator is expensive.

It is also bulky and inconvenient to carry around.

Card / Voice Master

Advantages

Student will hear a model word or sentence and associate picture with object. This could also encourage the student to repeat and vocalize the picture on the swipe card.

Lets students who do not have a voice to vocalize a idea, want, or need.

Unlimited amount of cards can be recorder and used.

Disadvantages

Student can easily erase the recordings but pushing the buttons on the machine.

Card must make a complete pass through the slot in order for the message on the play to be read.

The device can often be over stimulating to some children.

Device requires a plug in.

Leapfrog Fridge Magnet Set

Advantages

The toy is small enough to pack long for a card ride, to take to school, or to go any where you have to go.

Teaches children through song the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.

A DVD Video can be purchased that animates the song and sounds this toy makes.

Disadvantages

The toy comes with a lot of pieces (26 letters.) The toy maker does not provide an adequate way to store the pieces.

Toy runs on 2 AA batteries.

Leapfrog Word Builder

Advantages

The toy is small enough to pack long for a card ride, to take to school, or to go any where you have to go.

Teaches children phonics : how to sound out words and letter sounds.)

Disadvantages

This toy has a lot of pieces. (26 letters)

The toy is limited to 3 letter words.

The toy runs on 2 AA batteries.

Single Cell Button

Advantages

Great for helping to teach students to request an item. Button can be set up so model a sentence.

Device is a great starting point for students who will learn how to use a multiple cell communication device.

Disadvantages

Some devices can only hold one message or a limited amount of time for messages.

If device holds more than one message, messages must be played in order.

32 Cell Message Communicator


Advantages

Provides opportunity for students to use their “voice” to communicate their wants and needs. 

Allows for 192 different messages to be recorded.  Each level can be specific to certain situations or programs.  Ex. Students may use one level that has message recorded for basic meal time communication/greetings.


Students can use the message communicator independently once taught.


Safe and durable to outside of classroom use.  Ex. A dynavox is very expensive and heavy, a message communicator would be most useful outside of the classroom or during movement.

Disadvantages

Every time a new page is needed, the pages must be inserted. 

Only allows for basic communication needs/wants.

Opportunities are limited to specific uses.

Goes through batteries very quickly, especially when not turned off at the end of the day

Visual Schedule Created with BoardMaker

Advantages

Visual schedules provide students with routine and familiarity.  Students are able to view their daily schedule through the use of pictures.

Can be read/viewed independently


Non-verbally communicates students’ expectations for the day/activity


Can include a verbal component of the teacher reviewing the schedule/steps with the student


Can be posted throughout the day for the student to refer to
Using the Boardmaker program provides many different visuals that can be used to create the schedules

Disadvantages

When using Boardmaker, some visuals needed may not be available or what exactly one needs

Having a visual schedule posted can cause a child at times to pay close attention to the schedule and anger a student if there is a change in their schedule (student can become too dependent on schedule)