Sara - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
My daughter has Down Syndrome and significant speech delays. Sign language has been working well for her and we both enjoy using it. She's had three speech therapists over the years and they have all offered to get an ACD for her to use. I've always turned the offer down because I feel like it could be a hinderance.
It would be something that she'd have to carry around with her all day, (and potentially lose or break), and I'm afraid it would stop her from talking or signing. Wouldn't it take longer for her to type the words in rather than just using signs?
The biggest hang-up is that she has a language all her own. She has words that only I can understand. So an ACD might be helpful in school communicating with her teachers and paras. But, it would also single her out has having something different than her peers again.
What has your experience been with these? Has your child ever grown out of it, or has it become necessary for them?