Welcome to Kate’s Mentoring Connection. The purpose of this blog is to provide information to help users to get everything out of their Speech Generated Devices (SGD). I will provide tips to users, parents, and support professionals on multiple topics such as different types of Apps on Android and Windows platforms for SGG’s. Also offer social tips such as conversation and informational scripts, and mentoring services via Sype, Facetime, Video messages, etc. Lastly, in today’s technology era, people download apps on their phones and tablets to control of their environments. They can control the TVs, dvd players, cable boxes, etc. all with their cell phones. I can guide people who use SGD’s to download universal access apps and no longer spend countless hours programming remote signals in their SGD’s and no one loses remote.
My favorite part of this blog is its potential for becoming a source of mentoring people who used a SGD. At a very young age I mentored younger kids and in my early college years was asked to work one week at a camp devoted to kids who used SGD’s. During the week the kids were provide with facilitated communication by professionals. My role as a mentor was to provide support and training for the Direct Service Providers and to interact with campers. I used my communication device to communicate with the campers, so they could really get a picture of what it was like to have a SGD.
For five years, I worked in a school district in a similar position and it was quite rewarding. With in 3 months, I had successfully moved a middle school student from a 6 locations, single hit SGD to a 144 location system. He was so intrigued by how I could communicate with my 144 SGD, he wanted to try mine which I let him practice with, and he was able to tell us all kinds of stuff. I remember that he figured out how to access the spell page and he was spelling words. His speech therapist and teacher were amazed because they didn’t know he could spell.
I hope with my experience, I will be able to provide others with motivation to use their communication device.