“I like the flip to show/full-screen mode for people reading what I wrote as I often choose that instead of speaker because I don’t want my conversation publicized or they have a hard time understanding the speaker.” ~ Julie Calvert, AAC user
Many AAC users write longer messages and paragraphs in Proloquo4Text. Some do this for presentations, while others need to share more information in meetings and appointments. When speaking these longer paragraphs, it can be useful to control when it is spoken. This is better than everything being spoken all at once in one long stream. You are able to change the settings for the Play button, so that the text can be spoken by sentences, or by paragraph, rather than all at once.
Beyond face to face communication
Communication occurs all the time - not just when you are sitting face to face with someone.
Proloquo4Text allows you to compose messages and share them in different ways. Any text written in the text pad can be shared. When you press the share icon on the top toolbar, you will see the different ways to share the text. Text can be sent as emails or by text message. In addition, if you have social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter loaded as applications onto your iOS device, you can share your post directly from within the app. You can compose comments and replies in Proloquo4Text and copy and paste them into any other text-based platform. This gives you the power to compose your messages in your own time in your own way, with all of the supports in Proloquo4Text and then share them where you need to.
Environmental and iOS device considerations
AAC users also reported that there are many other factors that improve the use of their device. Some of these were environmental considerations.
For example, having a reliable case, and in some cases a water-proof case, was important.
Similarly, having bags, straps, mounts or other ways to transport or carry the device was also essential. Others like cases or stands that place the device on a slope; finding it easier to type on an angle than when the device is lying flat.
Another useful accessory for the iOS device could be a bluetooth keyboard. You may find typing on a physical keyboard easier than using the onscreen keyboard. If you are using an external Apple keyboard, you can also use hotkeys as fast and efficient shortcuts within Proloquo4Text.
Many may find accessing the standard iOS keyboard difficult. Perhaps it is hard to see or touch the keys. In this case, you could consider an alternative onscreen keyboard, such Keeble. Keeble makes typing on the standard iOS keyboard easier by allowing you to customize the appearance and access methods. Once loaded, the Keeble keyboard runs across all applications on the iOS device.
Some AAC users expressed the desire for family members to have access to Proloquo4Text. Many reported that, at times, they would like their family to also use Proloquo4Text to communicate with them. Utilizing the Apple Family Sharing feature, it is possible to share a copy of Proloquo4Text onto other family members devices.
All iOS devices have multitasking gestures, or actions you can do on screen to help you open and close apps, or switch quickly between apps. You may find these a fast way to move between apps. Others, with involuntary movements or poor motor control, may find that these gestures can affect their use of Proloquo4Text. A sudden movement may be interpreted as a gesture and the screen switches. In this instance, you can turn off multitasking gestures in your iOS settings. Alternatively, you could use Guided Access to lock the screen in just Proloquo4Text.
All of these factors can support an AAC user to access and use your iOS device and Proloquo4Text more often, across many different environments.
Proloquo4Text has many features that improve the speed and efficiency of communication. Taking time to experiment and try the different features and uses may help you to make the most of your app.