Language Lab: Core Words is the first in a series of apps from the Prentke Romich Company based on developmental stages of language development. In stage one, language objectives include directing the behavior of others and the course of any activity with words instead of behavior, expanding the ability to request and direct action, direct using negatives and identifying familiar people by their name. This exciting app will address all four language objectives to help early language learners as well as children with expressive language delays who use augmentative and alternative communication methods. The icons for these core vocabulary words that are introduced throughout the app directly correspond with the Unity language system on the communication devices by the Prentke Romich Company but can be easily used by all.
Communicating with Core is easy to use and fun for all ages. Use the ‘Learn’ button to introduce target vocabulary. Random animations with sound effects will play to illustrate different uses of the targeted word. The ‘Practice’ button will direct the child to find a specific target word within the context of a sentence. The ‘Review’ button will then give a sentence with the target word missing and the child will need to find the correct answer. There is a ‘hint’ option if needed at this level. The ‘Name’ section will allow photos to be uploaded and named so that the child can find each person by name.
Prentke Romich Company (PRC) is a member of a consortium of companies that are pioneers in the field of assistive technology and augmentative communication. The group includes Prentke Romich Company (USA), Saltillo Corporation (USA), Liberator Ltd. (UK), Prentke Romich Deutchland (Germany) and Liberator Pty Ltd. (Australia). These companies bring a broad range of products and services to provide the most comprehensive line of AAC devices in the industry. The employee owners of this consortium, many of whom have been with their organizations for more than 20 years, have dedicated their careers to assisting individuals with disabilities through the use of technology.