Personalizing Avaz for the child is an important step for successful communication implementation.
For a new user, you can personalize Avaz vocabulary by adding the photos /symbols of the child's environment - e.g. familiar people, places in the child's environment and the child’s favourites. Seeing their favourite items motivates the child to communicate and helps them have more meaningful conversations.
Important to note:
Start with personalizing a few of the child's favourites. While it is certainly motivating for the child to see and use the familiar words in their environment, make sure that you don't focus on only the personalized words for the child's communication. Let it be a blend of Core words (80%) and the custom words or Fringe words (20%), as it is the Core words that are the building blocks of language and so essential for language development. Focussing on the Fringe words does NOT result in language development or functional communication.
Identify your child's favourite items
Observe your child through the day and identify and make a list of their favourite items that they frequently request during the day. E.g. the child may ask for their favourite items "popcorn" and "train". You can also choose their favourite foods or sensory toys and an activity to begin with.
Make a list of their favourite items and activities, called Reinforcer List. You can gradually add some of these to Avaz. Seeing these items in the app will provide positive reinforcement and will motivate the child to turn to the app for requesting for it. Keep this handy list so that you can add it in at the appropriate points. Also identify a set of non-favourite items that can be used while providing choice or teaching negation.
For young adult AAC users, you can consider adding their favourite books, movies, songs, music, TV shows, sports activities etc.
What categories and items to personalize ?
You can start with some of the most important folders: add a few items under each - say 2-3 favourites under each of these categories, to begin with.
As the child gets used to using Avaz for his needs, you can gradually increase the range to include Avaz for the child's daily needs.
Here are some of the important folders to personalize as the user starts using Avaz for more activities in daily life:
How to personalize Avaz vocabulary (5 min video)
Watch how to add new folders, new words / icons, many items together, change selecting images from library or web, recording your own voice
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How to add many items at one go (30 sec video)
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Here is a sample Reinforcer checklist to help you - see attachment below. Please note that this is also an editable list.