Speech generation device - SGD

 
 

Connections Strategies

Being able to express your ideas with those around you is not simply a convenience, or even a need, but fundamentally a basic human right. Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC) products from AbleNet allow persons with disabilities the chance to engage with others and connect with their world. But we also know that sometimes access and mounting challenges stand in the way of using a communication device. That's why we've developed the following methodology to help you break through those barriers.

  1. How many message choices are needed (depending on the situation or cognitive ability)?
  2. Where will the AAC device be used – on table top, on a wheel chair, or in hand?
  3. How will the AAC device be accessed – direct, via external switch(es)?
  4. Positioning of the AAC device or necessary switches – do they need mounting?
  5. Do you need to activate other products during use?

 

Common Situations

Situation 1
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My child needs a communication device with multiple sets of message choices for different parts of the day. He can access the device directly, but it needs to be rugged enough to stand up to daily use and the occasional "drop".

Situation 2
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For our classroom, I want my student to be able to read a story while someone else turns the pages. She is in a wheelchair and will need to use a head switch. It would be great if - at key points in the story - the device could activate a toy to enhance comprehension and meaning.

Situation 3
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We need to have different numbers of messages, and different configurations, for use by multiple students throughout the day. Whatever we pick needs to be easy to set up and easy to change out.

Situation 1

My child needs a communication device with multiple sets of message choices for different parts of the day. He can access the device directly, but it needs to be rugged enough to stand up to daily use and the occasional "drop".

Applied Methodology

  1. Multiple message choices
  2. In many situations throughout the day
  3. Direct access
  4. Positioning is not necessary, can be handled
  5. No other products to access during use

AT Solution

QuickTalker™
The durable QuickTalker series communicators provide up to 23 message locations and five levels.
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Situation 2

For our classroom, I want my student to be able to read a story while someone else turns the pages. She is in a wheelchair and will need to use a head switch. It would be great if - at key points in the story - the device could activate a toy to enhance comprehension and meaning.

Applied Methodology

  1. Limited set of message choices (book pages)
  2. During reading activity time
  3. Switch access (head)
  4. Mounting for the head switch
  5. Activate a toy at specific times

AT Solution

Step-by-Step™ or Step-by-Step™ with Levels
Record messages by page number and activated in sequence.
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Battery Device Adapter
Use the BDA to connect the SBS to the battery operated toy.
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Buddy Button or Specs Switch
Easy head switch activation.
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Latitude™
Used to mount the switch to the chair.
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Situation 3

We need to have different numbers of messages, and different configurations, for use by multiple students throughout the day. Whatever we pick needs to be easy to set up and easy to change out.

Applied Methodology

  1. A variety of message choices are required
  2. Many points through the day
  3. Primarily direct access
  4. Some minor positioning needed
  5. Not necessary

AT Solution

SuperTalker™
The SuperTalker provides quick configuration as well as switch access if it's needed.
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Cling!

Cling!™ Eval Kit
Use Cling! for minor tabletop positioning and quick evaluation.
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SoundingBoard™
Consider SoundingBoard if the classroom has an iPad or iPod Touch.
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Additional Information

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