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Monday, August 9, 2010

"I know what I want to say!"

We got an email from a TapToTalk user the other day. We'll call him Tom (not his real name). Tom had a question about TapToTalk Designer. The interesting thing is that Tom, who is non-verbal, designs his own TapToTalk. Then he has a family member record the sounds.

Tom types well enough to communicate by email, so, we wondered, why not just use a text-to-speech app to communicate? It turns out he does, but he explained that he found text-to-speech too slow most of the time. With TapToTalk pictures, he can communicate much faster in most situations. And he knows the speech will be clear and accurate, nor always true for text-to-speech.

What struck us was when he wrote, "I know what I want to be able to say." Of course. That sounded familiar. We hear a lot about kids letting their parents, teachers or SLPs know what they want to communicate. Few TapToTalk users may be as independent as Tom, but many kids want to be partners in designing their TapToTalk albums. For example, you may remember our post about the little girl who told Mom she wanted a McDonalds album for her TapToTalk so she could order for herself (A TapToTalk Happy Meal, Hold the Lettuce, Hold the Pickle).

So let's be sure our non-verbal children are able to communicate what they want to say! It's their right.

If you have a TapToTalk idea or story you'd like us to share with other TapToTalk users, please email us at blog@taptotalk.com.

The TapToTalk Team
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