A while back, a husband and wife Behavioral Psychology consulting team visited our office to discuss how Video Voice might be helpful in their practice. They work with children on the low-functioning end of the autism spectrum. The wife, who is also a Speech-Language Pathologist, was well-acquainted with the power of Video Voice, having successfully used an earlier version (Apple IIe!!) previously in a school setting. The husband wanted something more than a clickable Reward button, though. He wanted to be able to activate rewards himself, secretly. This would give him control over the reinforcement schedule, and let him "applaud" even minimal vocalization. In his words, he wanted a "remote clicker." The goal was for the child to associate vocalization with something fun on the screen, something he made happen by using his voice.
Hint: for a little more “magic,” remember that you can also customize the reward text and audios to personalize the experience for each child. See our earlier post on Personalizing Feedback for more details on modifying Video Voice audio and video rewards.
In addition to animated graphic rewards, in some games and displays, performance at a therapist-defined goal reveals colorful congratulatory messages and sounds. The child seeing his name on the electronic billboard also makes those rewards especially effective.
We're always on the lookout for new ideas on how to improve Video Voice. Let us hear yours, too!
Yours in good speech,
Video Voice Support Team