Communication Board for birds?

HeatherG

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My last Quaker, Lucy, could talk a lot and ask for what she wanted. She’s been gone two years. Willow Quaker hardly ever talks. I really wish he would talk because I could then give him what he wants more easily.

So I am thinking about making a communication board for Willow (like used for toddlers or people who have nonverbal autism). I don’t know if anyone has used these with parrots. I thought I read about a dog that could use one.

Also, Willow is shy about new things, so the board itself may be ‘scary’ at first. I am thinking photos of a few items would work best as I think he understands photos.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

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I'm an electronics technician/engineer. Actually you just gave me an idea....I'm not saying it's gonna work but...engineering a voice box activated by switches/paddles might be a fun side project. If I get it to work I'll just put the parts/plans online.....just don't put it on a deadline this would be a hobby idea ....maybe for any pet.
 
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I'm an electronics technician/engineer. Actually you just gave me an idea....I'm not saying it's gonna work but...engineering a voice box activated by switches/paddles might be a fun side project. If I get it to work I'll just put the parts/plans online.....just don't put it on a deadline this would be a hobby idea ....maybe for any pet.
I was even thinking of a “point to the picture” grid for certain things. Mostly the things Lucy used to say: want drink, want some, out, step up, go goodnight, gimmee kiss? For drink, food, out of cage, step up, back to cage, kisses.

If you search for “communication board” you would see some examples. But I don’t know if Willow could learn to use this or to use it meaningfully.
 
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Do you think photos of the desired object, or drawings, would be best?
 

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Do you think photos of the desired object, or drawings, would be best?
Drawings could be clearer to understand I think. Photos would have to be clutter free, methinks, if they were to get the point across. In the end, both would work if you take your time :) .
 

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I know the concept would work it's just me figuring out the design. Might just have to look it up.

Citing a ted talk about a guy that made an ATM for crows.

go to 7 minutes in.
 
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More like a vending or candy machine for crows. But very very interesting.

I still don’t understand how this relates to a communication board. Can you explain?
 

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birds can learn performing an action with an item, a "thing" say a button or paddle rewards them. Especially corvids and parrots.
 
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Yes, that’s true. But what I am talking about is teaching Willow to point to the picture of what he wants on the board, to indicate it so I can give it to him.

I don’t understand what you want to do.
 

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I'm just saying they can figure it out over time.
 
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Ok. I thought you wanted to make a food dispenser or something like in the TED talk.
 

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Nevermind on developing something already done.... sigh
 
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Clark, I think there is always room for alternatives. If you really want to do something you should do it.
 

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Took a few of the Parrot Kindergarten vids. She is a pretty good trainer and her methods are sound. If your serious this is a great way to go.
 
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I poked around that web page a bit but I wasn’t sure if I have to pay to watch her videos? And I’m not certain what I can complete or focus on due to my health stuff.
 

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