Utter Autism

May 31, 2007

It’s Here! It’s Here!

Well, our Dynavox V arrived!

I’m relieved, excited…. and frustrated!  Since the UPS man pulled up, I haven’t had more than two minutes to look at it!  It figures I would have 3 dental appointments and a VBS meeting to attend right after it came. 

Today should be better 🙂 

So far I’m pleased with what I’ve seen as far as hardware goes.  Dynavox’s new V and Vmax are very similar to the device we had for him before from Gus Communications.  It amounts to a small tablet PC.  Originally we avoided Dynavox because we didn’t want to be restricted to Dynavox software.  There are other good programs we were using on our PCs and we felt it was better to offer him every method of communication and let him choose which to use.  With the Dynavox V, for a fee, they open the ‘computer part’ so it works just like a tablet PC or laptop.  We can install any other software we find that might be helpful to him.

The software looks ok too.  Although, I’m not sold on the pre-programming.  I suppose for most folks it works out to at least have the framework done for them.  Maybe I’m just a control freak, but I like to start from scratch and have control over aesthetics as well as content.  The pages seem visually overwhelming to me.  I can’t seem to make sense of the color coding, irregular button shapes and odd choices for vocabulary placement. 

Still, we can change it all if we want to!  Now I need to get down to doing just that.  The documentation that came with the device was very light.  For the most part they expect folks will be looking stuff up on the computer, either on the website or in the help files.  So that’s what I’ll be doing today….. I’m gonna need a BIG pot of coffee 🙂


  1. Hello Carol,

    Glad to hear that Adrian’s DynaVox V has arrived and that you’re ready to begin an exciting new chapter in his journey of self-expression. At DynaVox Technologies, we completely understand the personal satisfaction and practicality of creating your child’s communication pages from scratch. And while the new interAACT language framework of the device provides scores of preprogrammed messages, there are also a lot of ways to customize vocabulary, making the device truly one’s own. The interAACT and Gateway pages that come with the V, for instance, contain blank buttons at all levels for that purpose. You can also create your own visual scenes by importing digital photos to the device. With the scenes, your child will experience elements of language in relationship to each other and within a specific context, instead of words and symbols in isolation. Features such as slots and quickfires will allow your child to vary the elements of a pre-stored message at anytime with minimal programming. Using slots, “Can we go to the park?” may become “Can we go to a restaurant?” within seconds while quickfires (“Thank you,” “Wait,” or “Umm hmm,” for instance) encourage a natural flow of conversation.

    If you haven’t already, be sure to watch and listen to the V’s onboard video tutorials as you explore its capabilities. Another excellent resource is our online Knowledge Base, where you will find our interAACT training module at http://files.dynavoxftp.com/KB%20Documents/InterAACT.pdf. The knowledge base is available 24/7 to address specific technical issues. You may also visit http://www.dynavoxtech.com/education/localtraining.aspx to check for a DynaVox workshop in your area.

    Thank you for your confidence in DynaVox Technologies. We believe that you and Adrian will be pleased with our newest generation of communication solutions for years to come.

    Best Regards,

    Patti Murphy

    2100 Wharton Street, Suite 400
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Phone #: (412) 222-7840
    Toll-free #: 1-866-396-2869
    Fax #: (412) 381-9096
    E-mail: patti.murphy@dynavoxtech.com
    Website: http://www.dynavoxtech.com

    Comment by Patti Murphy — June 1, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

  2. Carol,
    I really enjoyed reading your notes on your son and your experiences, they helped me. We are looking into the Dynavox V and 2 others right now for my son. I have done research online but have not come across anyone who actually has one of these items. Would you mind chatting with me a bit? Please consider this, you have no idea how much I would appreciate it. I just stumbled upon this website. I’m not sure how to go about giving you contact info.
    Thanks so much.

    Comment by Catherine — June 8, 2007 @ 12:24 am

  3. Hi, Catherine!
    I sent you an email. I’m always happy to discuss our experiences with alternative communication.

    Good luck with your research!

    Comment by Carol — June 8, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

  4. I haven’t gotten any email from you.

    Comment by momsbaby — June 8, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  5. Catherine,

    I used the email address you gave when you posted. I’ll send the email again (in case it went to bulk or something). If you still don’t get it, email me at hasitall3@yahoo.com


    Comment by Carol — June 9, 2007 @ 10:52 am

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