1. Make a backup of your child’s vocabulary
To make sure you do not lose your child’s vocabulary, it is super important to make backups regularly. Proloquo2Go makes internal backups automatically. However, these are stored within the app. When accidentally removing the app from your device or when your device gets damaged, these backups are also lost. To prevent this from happening, make sure you make backups regularly and store them somewhere safe. For instructions, including screen shots, please have a look at our Support articles about saving and restoring backups.
2. Update to the latest versions of Proloquo2Go and iOS
We release free updates for Proloquo2Go regularly. Our latest update, version 5.5.1, was released in June. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend you to update to Proloquo2Go 5.5.1 as it addresses a few bugs users reported to us. As Proloquo2Go 5.5.1 requires iOS 10.3 or up, you may also need to update your version of iOS.
3. Check out our blog and Learn AAC section
We've updated our blog to be much easier to browse - just choose a tag on the right to find everything we have on a specific topic. We've also added a whole section called Learn AAC, where you can find articles about best practice and supporting AAC learners.
4. Update your child’s vocabulary
During the summer, things may have changed: your child made new friends, or now has new hobbies and interests. Make sure you update your child’s vocabulary with your child. The two of you can talk about it and find out what is important to them. The About Me folder is especially important for sharing with family, friends and at school. In addition, check the voice, voice personalization and speech rate with your child and make sure it's still a good match. You can find these settings in the Options > Speech and Language and tap on the (i) next to the current voice name.
5. Talk to the professionals supporting your child
Not only does your child have homework, so do you! If possible, talk to the teacher, the therapist, and anyone else supporting your child in advance. Tell them of any concerns you have about your child’s health, and inform them of any learning problems in advance. Also ask the professionals to connect with us to stay up-to-date on product updates and any new support materials. You may want to point them to our private Professionals Facebook group. It is a very active group that is intended to share experiences and let you ask questions among peers.
6. Make sure home and school stay synched
As your child spends time both at school and at home, the app's vocabulary will change frequently. If your child is using a different device at school than at home, it is important to keep both devices synched. We strongly recommend creating a shared Dropbox folder: it’s free, it’s easy and everybody can access it no matter where they are. You can share your child’s entire vocabulary, or share a single folder.
7. Create a “How I Spent my Summer Vacation” story
Summertime is fun! It’s also fun to talk about your experiences and exciting activities and remember all the good memories. Make sure you create a story, using a storytelling app such as our Pictello, together with your child. You can use Proloquo2Go to write the sentences, and copy-paste them into Pictello. You can then use your vacation videos and photos that you have in your device’s Library right from within the app.
8. Connect to other parents
Sharing with parents that have the same experiences and asking each other questions can be very relieving and helpful. Just as we have a private Facebook group for professionals, we also have a private Family Facebook group. You're more than welcome there too!
9. Make sure you stay up-to-date
As we release Proloquo2Go updates regularly, it is important you stay up-to-date. In addition, the creation of resource materials is an ongoing activity and we often announce new products and interesting events. Make sure you sign up for the AssistiveWare Newsletter, which is sent once a month, so you don’t miss out.
10. Check out our iPad keyboards
Apple does not allow changes to the iOS keyboard, such as adding larger or colored fonts, accessibility features and ABC or scanning optimized layouts. But since we know many of our app users can benefit from these, we have developed our own keyboards with these options.
If you are looking for such features, check out our accessible keyboard Keeble, or our educational keyboards Keedogo and Keedogo Plus. These keyboards can be used system-wide, which allows your child to not only type in Proloquo2Go, but in every app on your device.