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April 21st, 2010, 03:36 PM
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I'm on the Developmental Delays Board and I asked this same question but have no replies yet so I'm guessing the answer is no. I decided to ask here too on the off chance that somebody will answer. Just a brief description: I have 3 year old son who was diagnosed with Autism recently. He is completely non-verbal and does not communicate in any way. Oh and my name is Missa.

My son's new ST suggested trying my son out on a SGD (Speech Generated Device) because he's not getting the hang of sign language (hard to do that when he doesn't look at my hands and doesn't imitate) or PECS. Since he's only going to be seeing her like an hour a month (Ridiculous! Here he is non-verbal and insurance will only cover 24 sessions a year. And they say our healthcare system doesn't need to be reformed.) I was thinking about trying to get him one for home. I know they are super expensive but you can get insurance to help. Anyway, does anyone have a child that uses one? Feedback please, and not about the healthcare system reference ok.
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April 21st, 2010, 04:12 PM
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I'm right there with you except in our case that after months of trying my DS can and does use PECS relatively well, for requests anyway. We did have a Big Mac communicator but it was just a loaner from his ST and once he aged out we no longer have access w/o paying for it ourselves. I would recommend checking out what Easter Seals, DDD, or any other local groups in your area can offer, also be sure to check into SSI. I realize these aren't the best answers but felt someone should at least try to help.

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April 21st, 2010, 06:26 PM
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Thanks. You're the first person to answer despite lots of people viewing. I guess nobody else has ever used one.
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