Last week, we presented Partner/Plus, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device for the youngest users, who have not yet mastered the complexities of using this technology. This week, we present another entry-level line of AAC devices. Meet the Talkables.
The Talkable II is a compact message communicator that allows for simple communication. This communication device has two large colored button switches, each with a built-in icon holder. The Talkable IV has four differently colored button switches. In addition, the company sells a Talkable III. The number of switches corresponds to the number of messages the unit can store, along with the number of output jacks. Each of the Talkable AAC devices feature 20 seconds of total recording time. New Jersey residents can “test drive” either the Talkable II or Talkable IV for free, through the Technology Lending Center. Enabling Devices is the manufacturer.
Users needing a device with more features may well be interested in Talk IV 12-level communicator from the same company, another device we have at the Technology Lending Center. This AAC device has 12 levels, rather than the standard four levels, with 300 seconds of recording time, up from the standard 20. With both the Talk IV 12-level and the standard Talk IV, touch pads replace the large colored buttons of the Talkable line. The Talk IV 12-level communicator also features single-switch, LED-illuminated automatic scanning. Other features are true-voice recording quality, three-level adjustable scanning speed with volume control and on/off auditory cueing. Older users and persons with greater small-motor dexterity can also use the Hip Talk with 12 levels, another popular AAC device.
Another member of the Talkable family worth mentioning is the Textured Talkable II. As the name implies, in the place of smooth buttons are two textured pads, providing the young user with a tactile experience. The two differing colors offer a visual clue, in addition to the two icon cards fastened behind each of the two buttons. As with the Talkable II and Talkable IV, this unit features 20 seconds of total recording time for two separate messages.