Nine-year-old Niveyah lives in Warwick, Rhodes Island with her parents Maya and Steve and her sister Sophie. She has started third grade, where she is an active member of her class. Not only is AAC vital to her school work, it plays an important role in having fun too!
Maya first discovered Proloquo2Go five years ago. She was searching for a tool to allow Niveyah to share her world with those around her. “Niveyah’s constant frustration, tantrums and demand for attention reduced dramatically within days of introducing Proloquo2Go” Maya remembers.
One-to-one teaching assistant Beth plays an invaluable role in Niveyah's success. She jumped right in, learning how to program and watching e-learning videos. Almost four years later, Beth advises: “I would tell other educators not to be hesitant about using AAC. There are so many aspects of the school day where a student can be successful using an AAC device or program”.
Collaboration is key to make sure Niveyah is never without her iPad. Beth, teachers, and therapists all worked together to give her the best start. Niveyah is at the center, and selects her own voices and helps choose where new words should go. This ownership of her communication is important to her, as well as Maya and Beth.
Niveyah uses Proloquo2Go to read aloud in class, answer questions and do homework. Now that her reading and spelling skills have improved, Niveyah also uses Proloquo4Text.