For many individuals, augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) devices are the most important form of assistive technology. After all, being able to communicate with others is at the core of what it means to be a human being. As many persons with autism face challenges in communicating orally, these devices are an essential part of their ability to gain greater independence and fully participate. (Last week, we discussedIt is with good reason that the theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2019 is “Assistive Technologies. Active Participation.”
This week, we’ll discuss GoTalk, a simple but line of effective AAC devices. As oral communication proficiency varies, the the GoTalk series is available in three layouts: 4-square, 9-square, and 20-square.
- GoTalk 4+ allows one to record as many as 20 messages in five levels, for a total recording time of 4.25 minutes. GoTalk 4+ has two additional “core buttons” for frequently used words and phrases.
- GoTalk 9+ allows for the recording of as many as 45 messages in five levels, providing a total recording time of 8.25 minutes. GoTalk 9+ has three additional “core buttons” for frequently used words and phrases.
- GoTalk 20+ allows for the recording of as many as 100 messages in five levels, allowing for a total recording time of 15 minutes. GoTalk 20+ has five additional “core buttons” for frequently used words and phrases.
They allow the user or caretaker to record multi-level messages, thanks to easy-to-operate controls. The squares can be customized to the needs of the user. GoTalk overlay software enables the programmer to create overlay templates for each GoTalk product. The pictures can be rotated or cropped; text can be fully customized. The SymbolStix add-on, available as an option, is a library of 12,000 additional images. If you are in New Jersey, why not take one for a free test drive?
(Last week, we featured a word processor for children with autism, Clicker 7.)