Quick Talk AAC, Speech Assistant AAC, LetMeTalk, TalkinPictures, TalkTablet, Gabby Tabs - you may not have heard of them, but these are all communication apps available for Kindle devices, most of which are FREE.
That means that, for the low price of $50, you can try out several AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) apps for your child or yourself. What's more, there's now a way to unlock the Google Play store without rooting your Kindle, so that ANY AAC app available for Android will be able to work on your Kindle.
I don't know about you, but I think that's amazing. If you already have a communication device for your child, but want a more mobile one, or one you don't have to worry so much about breaking during high use situations (it's $50, so less stress), this is a GREAT addition.
What's more, devices can actually be really great for working on turn taking, visual schedules, and even spoken communication. I know when I nannied a child on the spectrum, one of the BEST communication activities I could do was watch Angry Birds videos with him on his iPad. I would ask him wh- questions about what was going on, he would also ask me questions about the characters, I would work with him on making inferences about what was going to happen next...the list goes on.
What matters is not so much the device itself, but what you do with it. And with a Kindle Fire you can do a LOT.
You can purchase one here:
And check out the AAC apps that come with the Kindle Fire store here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss…
And, if you'd prefer to use the AAC apps in the Google Play store (which are more varied than those in the Amazon store - top ones include Alexicom, Avaz, JABtalk, Sono Flex, Nova Chat, and more!), you can add the Google Play store to your device without rooting it by following the directions here:
Have concerns about using a communication device with your child? Check out this article about them