This paper follows the success and pitfalls of providing Apple devices to support communication. Issues considered include: the motivation to the students and families of such a 'cool' device; will it still work when it has been dropped in a muddy puddle?; could we provide a dedicated communication device to these students, with a budget that is not increasing and more referrals coming to the team? In the case of students with challenging behaviour, does this behaviour improve when they are provided with a high-tech communication system? We look at the means, reasons and especially the opportunities to communicate through the students' social networks.
The device and apps were loaned following the route of the Cornwall AAC Pathway of Assessment.
Improved behaviour, social networks and opportunities to communicate; ability to talk about the past, not just the here and now.
We should give more students the opportunity to communicate through high tech devices, due to the reduced cost.