Help: This folder should contain messages the user can use to quickly get assistance.
Buttons for common situations such as asking to use the bathroom and feeling sick are
included, and additional buttons can be found in the secondary and storage levels. Add
any other buttons that you feel the user may need to request quick assistance that reﬂect
the userʼs unique needs. For example, if the student often needs to have his or her AFOs
removed or readjusted, you might add a message here.
Food: If this folder is not on the main page for your user, it will be on the secondary level,
or reachable through the Things folder. For each subfolder in Food, use promotions and
demotions to make the foods the user is most likely to talk about are on the primary level
of each subfolder. For example, if you are working with someone who loves Dr. Pepper
and dislikes Coca-Cola, in the Drinks folder, demote Coke from the primary level to the
secondary and promote Dr. Pepper from secondary to primary.
Clothing: Check to make sure any item of clothing that would never be of interest to a user,
is not needed in the userʼs climate, or is culturally inappropriate, is demoted to secondary
or storage levels. Promote buttons that are in secondary or storage that the user may need
to refer to frequently.
Fun: In each subcategory, make sure that buttons the user is most interested in are on the
primary level, and those of little interest are demoted to secondary or storage. In Sports
and TV Shows, consider ﬁnding photos on line of favorite famous people who belong in
In Sports, there are folders speciﬁc to particular sports. Some of the most popular sports in
the US are on the primary level, while folders for sports more popular in other regions such
as cricket and rugby can be found on the secondary level. In the storage level of the folder
for some sports, you can ﬁnd buttons with the names of popular teams and players.
Availability of these buttons depends on whether SymbolStix has created the appropriate
symbols. Use promotion and demotion to make sure that sports and teams that your user
wants to talk about are readily available.
Personal care, Adaptive Equipment: Use promotion and demotion to customize the
primary level of this folder to reﬂect the userʼs needs.
Describing words: If the user has favorite words to use when describing, use promotion,
demotion, or add new buttons to make sure these words are easily accessible in the
subcategories in Describing words. For example, the local dialect may use “wicked
awesome” to describe something really good. This can be made available to the user by
adding an button in Positive describing words.
Clues: This folder contains messages that can be used to help ﬁx communication
breakdowns - situations where the user is not able to get his or her point across clearly.
There are many ways that the person can try to ﬁx the breakdown - repeat his message,
rephrase his message, or give additional information, or clues, about what he meant to
say. The Clues folder provides a way for the Core Word user to tell his communication
partner more about what he was trying to say by telling what type of thing, event, or action
his message was about, describing characteristics of what he is talking about (big/little,
shape, color), or telling in which locations his topic might be found. It is important to model
use of the Clues folder for the user so he or she can learn to use it.
In the Clues folder, you will ﬁnd some additional buttons that may help users to clarify their
communication by providing additional information about what theyʼre trying to
communicate. Sometimes a communication breakdown can be simply solved if you know
the person is asking a question rather than telling you something, or is talking about
something they wish would happen rather than something that is real. You will need to
teach the user how to use these buttons, and the most effective way is usually to model
using them yourself, as you talk to the user. So for example, if you are switching the topic
of conversation, go to the Clues folder and select “new topic”; if youʼre going to ask a
question, select the “question” button, etc. You can also model using during a
communication breakdown - if youʼre unsure if the user is asking a question or has
switched to a new topic abruptly, model using the appropriate buttons.
For some users, using Clues effectively can be an advanced skill. These users might
beneﬁt from moving the Clues folder to the secondary level and moving another folder up
to the primary level. If you ﬁnd a user is not ready for Clues, and frequently needs to go to
secondary to ﬁnd words in Places or Time words, this may be a sign you should move
Clues to secondary and let another folder take its place in the primary level.
School: This folder can be found on the secondary level of the main page. It contains
folders that may be useful as part of a school curriculum. It is recommended that this folder
be customized in consultation with the userʼs teacher.
Geography: This folder can be found on the secondary level of the School folder. In the
secondary level of the Geography folder, you will ﬁnd folders with the Australian states,
Canadian Provinces, United Kingdom countries, and US States. If your user needs one of
these folders, we recommend you promote it to the primary level of Geography, or use
copy/paste to move the folder where your user needs it.
Money: Symbols are available for US, Canadian, UK, Swiss, Danish, and Norwegian
currencies. They are in separate folders in the Money folder, in either the primary or
secondary level. Feel free to use demotion, promotion, hiding, or copy/paste to move the
currency the user will need access to into place.
Time words: This folder can be found on the primary or secondary level of the home page,
depending on the number of columns selected . It contains categories such as days of the
week, months, and seasons, which many special education programs use for daily
Religion: This folder can be found on the secondary level of the home page, or in storage,
depending on the number of columns selected. We recommend you look at the primary
and secondary levels of this folder and customize it to reﬂect the userʼs needs and the
local cultural requirements. We have provided basic folders for Christian, Catholic, Jewish,
and Muslim religions, but recognize that these folders will need to be customized further to
suit individual needs.
7. Progressing Through Core Words
It is important to plan for progression and growth in a userʼs language skills. As a user gains
practice with a vocabulary organization, and builds new receptive and expressive language
skills, he or she will need access to additional vocabulary. Core Word has been designed to
grow with the user, offering expanded vocabulary as the user is able to take advantage of it.
This can be done in one of two ways - by increasing the number of columns per page, or by
starting out with a larger number of columns than needed and hiding more advanced buttons
until they are needed.
7.1. Progressing a user by increasing number of columns
Proloquo2Go makes it easy to increase the amount of vocabulary available to a user by
simply increasing the number of columns in a page. All of Proloquo2Goʼs built-in
vocabularies are designed so that increasing the number of columns results in a layout
optimized for that number of columns which includes new words at the next level of
frequency of use and language development. For example, see ﬁgure in section 6.1,
showing the progression of Core Word vocabulary from 3 columns per page up to 8 columns
To change the number of columns per page, see chapter 3, Appearance, in the View section.
Follow a column number increase, the user may initially have difﬁculty locating buttons
previously learned. All the buttons from the previous version of the pages are present on the
new one, and every effort has been made to maintain the buttons in the same general area
in which they were on the previous page layout. However, the buttons will not be in exactly
the same place, and they will also be smaller. Give the user time to adjust to this change.
You may want to take a screen shot of the previous main page and print it out, then use it to
conduct a tour or treasure hunt, where you and the user locate where all the buttons have
shifted to on the new page.
7.2. Progressing a user by hiding and revealing buttons
Progression by increasing the number of columns will work well for many users. However,
there are some users who will beneﬁt signiﬁcantly from having previously learned buttons
remain ﬁxed while new buttons are added around them. This minimizes the new learning
needed as the user progresses in vocabulary size. In order to beneﬁt from this approach, the
user must be able to physically access buttons for a high number of columns per page, but
be at a language level that is better suited for a low number of columns per page. This
approach tends to work better on the iPad than the iPod Touch or iPhone, where buttons on
the high column layouts are larger.
1. Determine the smallest size button your user can access by setting the number of
columns on a page progressively higher on a page and having the user attempt to
accurately target buttons throughout the page. Call this number of columns the “target
2. Determine the number of buttons per page most closely matches the userʼs current
language skills. This can be difﬁcult to do in practice. One approach is to observe the
user with the main Core Word page in with different numbers of columns and see at
which point the user seems to become confused or overwhelmed at the number of
buttons available. Call this number of columns the “starting number.”
3. Set the number of columns to the “target number” and go to the Core Word main page.
4. Find the list of words and folders on for the “starting number” in Appendix B.
5. Go into edit mode. Select all button buttons that do NOT appear on the list of words for
“starting number”. Tap the Appearance tab, then scroll down to the Visibility row. Tap that
row and select Hidden. All these buttons will now appear dimmed.
6. Now ﬁnd the folders that do NOT appear in the list of folders for “starting number.” You
have two choices in how to handle these. If you think the user can handle or beneﬁt from
having these folders visible at the primary level, you can leave them as they are. If you
think the user would have greater beneﬁt from having fewer buttons on the screen at one
time, you can demote these buttons to the secondary level. You donʼt have to do the
same thing with all the folders; you can make this decision on a folder-by-folder basis.
For example, if the user is very focused on food, you may want to leave the food folder
on the main page, even though it is not on the main page for the “starting number”
layout. It is recommended that you demote the folder(s) to secondary rather than hide
them because if the folders are demoted, the user can still ﬁnd these folders by going to
the secondary level. Hiding the folders altogether may overly restrict the vocabulary the
user has access to. However, it is certainly ﬁne to hide the folders if that seems a better
solution for a particular user.
Note: before you demote the folders, make sure that the home page has “Free
Positioning” as its Element Order. To check, while youʼre in edit mode, tap the View tab
and scroll to the Element Order row. If this doesnʼt say Free Positioning, tap the row and
select Free Positioning in the list. With Free Positioning on, buttons will not move around
to ﬁll gaps in the page when the folders are demoted.
7. Leave edit mode. Youʼll now see a main page with many gaps where buttons have been
hidden or folders demoted. You can gradually reveal buttons and promote folders to
support the userʼs growing language skills.
8. Backing up and restoring your vocabulary
Backing up your vocabulary is very important and something you should regularly do! Once
you have backed up your vocabulary, you can transfer this vocabulary to another device or
restore your vocabulary to a device at a later date. You can either store backups on your
computer or export them to Dropbox storage.
8.1. Creating backups
Backing up a single userʼs vocabulary ﬁle
Launch Proloquo2Go, and make sure the user you want to
back up is the currently active user. If it is not, go to the
User section of the Options view and switch to the user you
would like to back up.
Once the user you want to back up is the currently active
user, go to the Options view (section 3.1), and then, in the
Backup section, tap "Backup [user name] Now"
the backup is complete, exit Proloquo2Go by pressing the
Backing up vocabulary ﬁles of all users
To backup vocabularies of all users, go to the Options view,
open the Backup section, and then tap “Backup All Users
Proloquo2Go automatically creates a backup for each active
user once a day. The automatically created backup ﬁles are
marked with the special icon
. You can use these
backups just like usual backup ﬁles. When there are already
eight automatic backups for a certain user, the oldest ﬁle is
replaced with a new one.
8.2. Exporting backups
After you have created backups, export them to Dropbox or iTunes. If you wouldnʼt do so,
you will not be able to transfer your vocabulary to another device or transfer your backup
ﬁles to the computer with iTunes File Sharing.
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