Designed by Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP, for adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Vocabulary in VocabPC is arranged as carrier phrases, interactive sentences, activity vocabulary and naming words. VocabPC uses a 12 location page layout. Both portrait and landscape versions of VocabPC are included.
The VocabPC manual can be downloaded here.
MultiChat 15 is now offered in a Student, Adolescent and Adult version. There are multiple forms of communication available in this program: sentences, phrases, individual words, recordings for story-telling and visual scenes. Also included are interactive play and reading pages, and social pages. There are symbols on every button with the exception of several core words.
Spelling is a QWERTY keyboard page set with four word prediction buttons and a few pre-stored phrases.
My QuickChat is an introductory communication system geared toward individuals with complex communication needs. It offers a high frequency, phrase-based communication system in an easy-to-use, yet very engaging format. The progressive system offers a variety of topics for everyday needs and conversation and provides immediate and more successful communication exchanges within a variety of settings. myQuickChat is available for children in 4, 8 and 12 locations and adults in 8 and 12 locations, each with an identical 16 location Support Master Home Page.
My Core is a combination of core and phrase based vocabulary geared toward individuals with literacy skills.
4 Basic is a vocabulary option with 4 buttons per page for those needing minimal targets.
“Communication Journey: Aphasia” is a vocabulary file containing features and vocabulary designed to support people with aphasia. It was developed by Lois Turner (SLP), Anne MacCallum (SLP) and Sarah Gauthier (SLP Assistant) in consultation with a group of speech-language pathologists who work exclusively with people with aphasia and brain injuries. All the participants work at CAYA (Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults) and the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The framework of the file was derived from the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia from the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada. The pages were created to facilitate participation in daily activities and to promote social links.
Aphasia, a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain where language is stored, may affect the ability to comprehend language, to express oneself, to read, or to spell and write. “Communication Journey: Aphasia” can easily be adapted for use by people with different types of aphasia and a range of cognitive levels and degrees of severity.
Symbols, photographs, visual scenes, videos or words can be used on the message, topic and script pages. Included are pages that facilitate supported communication techniques, self-advocacy, directing care, and repair of communication breakdowns. Information typically included in communication books; including pain and emotion scales, maps, templates for personal information and life stories, and schedules are also incorporated into the vocabulary file. Specialized features include variable “rate of speech” and “pause between words”.Grid size and vocabulary are easily customized to reflect and support the life experiences of the person with aphasia.
Although this vocabulary file contains starting-point vocabulary commonly required by adults with aphasia, it MUST be customized. Each person has a unique history and the file must reflect their lives, experiences and abilities.
Download the “Communication Journey: Aphasia File" User Guide.
Download the Saltillo Client Information Form
Download the CAYA Resource Document
Spanish Vocabulary files and voices are now available at no additional charge in the TouchChat app Version 2.0.0! The Spanish files will be available in the vocabulary listing under "Spanish". Learn more
You can also customize the TouchChat vocabulary. This powerful application allows you to personalize existing pages and buttons, create pages, or even create your own personal page set. You decide how many buttons to display on a page. You can select the image, label, spoken message, color, and font. Select from over 30 button actions when creating new buttons. Over 10,000 Symbolstix symbols are included for customizing buttons. Use any image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Gestures can also be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc.
If you want access to even more vocabulary, you can purchase additional page sets through in-App purchase.
WordPower for TouchChat is a special version of this popular word-based vocabulary, designed specifically for the iPod and iPad screens. It is a word-based page set developed by Nancy L. Inman, M.A.T., CCC-SLP that is used to create sentences "on the fly." Exclusive to the TouchChat software, WordPower contains several page sets, all of which will be available to you when you purchase WordPower."
WordPower for TouchChat is available as a $149.99 in-App purchase in TouchChat. It can also be purchased from iTunes, bundled with TouchChat for $299.99.
WordPower20 Simply incorporates carrier phrases with core words for quick and easy language generation and therefore, could be called a “hybrid,” because it can be used primarily as a phrase-based system, or as a word-based system. It was designed for users with motor disabilities and access issues, those with vision impairment that need large cells and print, cognitively and severely language disabled individuals who benefit from phrases to assist with quick language generation, and those who have scanning access needs.
WordPower24 uses high-frequency core words to facilitate quick and easy sentence generation. It also includes nouns and adjectives that are organized in logical categories. All grammatical word classes have been included. As a sentence is being built, you often find that the next word you want to say can be spoken with one or two button presses. “Grammar” keys are used to provide morphological endings to verbs, nouns and adjectives. A spelling/word prediction page is used to spell words that are not included as separate buttons on the pages. Being a word-based vocabulary, this page set can be used by a wide age group. Nouns, adjectives and verbs can be added and customized to meet the particular needs of the individual.
WordPower 24 with Phrases is designed for individuals who are unable to use a word-based vocabulary design, but are able to generate novel thoughts using carrier phrases and semantic categories. Core language and category-based words are included in this program
WordPower30 is a modified version of WordPower24, but it includes an extra column on every page. The extra column includes designated buttons for clear, delete word, smart period, and plural –s. It is a word-based vocabulary that was designed to be an easy and intuitive generative language system. This vocabulary is configured to work with a keyguard.
WordPower42 is a word-based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communication. This program has been designed specifically for the iPad, and it is now included with the purchase of WordPower. *It works most efficiently on the iPad2. WordPower42 is a generative language system that will be familiar to those using WordPower on other systems, and easy to learn for new users.
WordPower42 Basic is a simplified version of WordPower42. This word-based system remains rich in core vocabulary, and it may be appropriate for beginning users or those that need a more basic vocabulary design. It is designed to make communication fast and easy.
WordPower 48 is a modified version of WordPower42, but it includes an extra column on every page. The extra column includes designated buttons for clear, smart period, delete word, and plural –s. It is a word-based vocabulary that was designed to be an easy and intuitive generative language system.
WordPower 48 Español is a new AAC vocabulary created for TouchChat. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, WordPower Español meets the communication needs of a wide group of individuals in Spanish speaking cultures. The vocabulary includes easy to access basic communication for beginning communicators, as well as sophisticated language and grammar for individuals with advanced cognitive and linguistic abilities.
WordPower48 Español Basico is a new addition to the WordPower Español vocabularies. It was designed with early language learners in mind, providing ample picture support and novel structures to facilitate expressive language development. Core vocabulary is embedded within the category and activity pages, allowing easy generation of language from the main core page as well as within tropic-based pages. Core words remain consistent in terms of placement and access, providing a natural bridge between core and fringe words.
WordPower 60 consists of a large number of high frequency words available on the main page, resulting in fast communication with reduced keystrokes. Word completion and logical next words are used, and the "grammar" function provides morphological endings to verbs, nouns and adjectives. Spelling with word prediction along with the category-based pages contained in all other versions of the vocabulary are also available. This vocabulary is configured to work with a keyguard.
WordPower60 Basic is the newest WordPower vocabulary for the TouchChat app. It was designed with early language learners in mind, providing ample picture support and novel structures to facilitate expressive language development. Core vocabulary is embedded within category and activity pages, allowing easy generation of language from the main core page as well as within specific topic-based pages. Core words remain consistent in terms of placement and access, providing a natural bridge between core and fringe words. Early literacy is enhanced by providing pages designed to teach language and core through children’s books.
WordPower 80 is a vocabulary consisting of high frequency core words, spelling and word prediction, all on the main page. It also includes the category-based pages contained in all other versions of the vocabulary. With this setup, the user can use core words in the same sentences without moving to a separate page to spell. This vocabulary is configured to work with a keyguard
WordPower 108 consists of a large number of high frequency words on the main page, resulting in fast communication and quick access to core words. Word completion and logical next words are used, and the “grammar” function provides morphological endings to verbs, nouns and adjectives.
WordPower 108 with Keyboard is a vocabulary consisting of high frequency core words, spelling, and word prediction. With the keyboard on the main page, the communicator moves seamlessly between words and spelling, thus minimizing keystrokes and the need for navigation. Common core words are embedded within the category pages in order to assist in bridging the gap between core and fringe vocabulary.
iEssence is a redesigned version of the more comprehensive Essence vocabulary available on the Prentke Romich Company’s ECO™, Vantage™, Vanguard™, and Accent™ voice output communication aids. It was designed to provide a speech support system for people with degenerative medical conditions that have rendered them speechless but who still maintain the ability to spell. The main client group for whom this vocabulary was designed is people with ALS(Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or MND(Motor Neurone Disease), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. There may be people with other conditions who could find iEssence useful but they need to have the ability to touch small keys and be able to read and spell.
iEssence is available as a $99.99 in-App purchase in TouchChat.
Talk-About-AAC is a communication application designed to help individuals with emerging language learn core word vocabulary. This research-based application includes a manual with helpful tools. It can be found here.
Talk-About-AAC is available as a $44.99 in-App purchase in TouchChat.
Gateway is a set of core word page sets enabling efficient message generation by children-adults. Theme pages support AAC use in school, play and community. Vocabularies include Child, 12, 20, 40, 66; Teen 20, 30, 40, Adult 66; Text 40, 66, Pro, all of which will be available to you when you purchase Gateway.
Gateway is available as a $149.99 in-App purchase in TouchChat.
Gateway 12-Child targets young children who are developmentally ready to create multi-word messages. Gateway 12-Child helps emerging communicators develop language by using their AAC devices in play activities. Through these topical page sets, children can be engaged in play activities and learn to communicate in focused contexts. Gateway 12-Child includes eleven topical page sets – Basic Needs. Art Activity, Play House, Time to Cook, School, Nursery Rhymes, Let’s Play, Where’s Spot, Birthday, Simon Says – Body Parts, and Simon Says – Actions. Activities are intended to be mediated by an adult communication partner or peer.
Gateway 20-Child targets preschool and school-aged children who communicate using 1-2 word messages and have the potential to improve their expressive language performance. It is a transitional step from Gateway 12-Child to Gateway 20-Child. Gateway 20-Child includes over 800 words along with features that help children form multi-word sentences. Sentence Development Links provide a simplified approach to sentence formation. A “My Themes” folder, located on the Main Page, links the child to five Thematic folders – About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Play, and Time in Town. Each folder contains a variety of activity sets designed to increase a child’s opportunities to improve social interaction and to facilitate participation in educational and recreational activities.
Gateway 40-Child targets school-aged children who communicate using multi-word messages. It is constructed to facilitate use of advanced language structures. Gateway 40-Child is a logical next step for children using Gateway 20-Child who now require a more complex vocabulary and/or who have made significant gains in expressive language performance. Its powerful MAIN page has a core of the most frequently used words of our language available through a single key selection. Combined core and fringe vocabulary total well over 2000 words. A School Core page enables users to access topical school vocabulary without losing access to Gateway’s core. Key features of Gateway 40-Child include the use of Semantic Power Strips, sets of paradigmatically associated words; Sentence Development Links that facilitate rapid sentence generation and Dynamic Morphology, where targeted word endings are appropriately presented minimizing keystroke selections. A My THEMES tab links the child to eight topical tabs – About You & Me, Questions, Comments, Manners, Silly Things, Time to Learn, Time to Play, and Time in Town – to facilitate pragmatic and syntactic development and to help increase participation within the school environment.
Gateway 66-C targets school-aged children benefiting from an efficient and powerful core word vocabulary. Gateway 66-Child is a logical next step for children using Gateway 40-Child who now require a more complex vocabulary and/or who have made significant gains in expressive language performance. The design of this page set results in an average of 1.3 keystrokes per word. Key features of Gateway 66-C include Gateway’s Dynamic Morphology feature and Semantic Power Strips. Access to a spelling page with word prediction is provided. Educational pages are designed to support mastery of core-curriculum competences, thus users of Gateway 66- Child can readily compete with peers in a regular educational environment. A School & Community Core page enables users to access school vocabulary without losing access to Gateway’s powerful core vocabulary. A “My Themes” folder, links the user to a set of six thematic folders – About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Relax, Time in Town and Manners. Each folder contains a variety of words, messages and/or activity sets designed to increase a user’s opportunities for enhancing social communication and in educational, recreational and community-based activities.
Gateway 20-Teen targets teens and young adults with limited expressive abilities who can benefit from a 20-location grid. Users of Gateway 20-Teen can recognize symbols of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Some users who could benefit from a more functionally based vocabulary can seamlessly transition to Gateway 20-Teen from Gateway 20-Child. Gateway 20-Teen includes over 800 words along with features that help users form multi-word messages. Sentence Development Links provide a simplified approach to facilitate sentence formation. Semantic Power Strips, sets of paradigmatically associated words, provide a focused array of vocabulary to broaden the options available to the user. A My Themes folder, located on the Main Page, links the user to a set of five thematic folders – About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Relax, and Time in Town. Each folder contains a variety of words, messages or activity sets designed to increase a user’s participation in social situations, as well as educational and community-based activities.
Gateway 30-Teen is designed for teens and young adults who demonstrate limitations in their cognitive-language performance. Candidates communicate using single or multiple word utterances and typically do not use function words (e.g. the, with) or word endings such as “-ing or “ed” as a part of their spontaneous message generation. The vocabulary of Gateway 30-Teen is functionally based, reflecting many activities of daily living. Gateway 30-Teen includes over 1500 words along with features such as Sentence Development Links that provide a simplified approach to facilitating sentence formation. Semantic Power Strips, sets of paradigmatically associated words, provide a focused array of vocabulary to broaden the options available to the user. The Gateway 30-Teen page set includes simple object categories such as Foods, Household, Hygiene, Clothing, along with folders for Community Places and Things, News, Events and School Places and Things. A My Themes folder links the user to six Tabs - About Me, About You, Comments & Questions, Time to Learn and Time to Relax. These folders contain a variety of words, messages and activity pages designed to increase a user’s participation in social situations, and educational and community-based activities.
Gateway 40-Teen targets teens and young adults who have good receptive and expressive language abilities but benefit from a reduced symbol set. Its powerful MAIN page has a core of the most frequently used words of our language available through a single key selection. Combined core and fringe vocabulary total well over 2000 words. A School & Community Core page enables users to access topical school vocabulary without losing access to Gateway’s core. Use of the full complement of Gateway’s “Dynamic Morphology” results in keystroke savings enhancing the efficiency of Gateway 40-Teen. Generating a sentence takes an average of 1.5 keystrokes per word. Semantic Power Strips, and Sentence Development Links that facilitate rapid sentence generation are provided. Core, fringe and “Thematic pages” address needs and interests of teens and young adults. A set of Tabs is available – About me, Time to Chat, Questions, Comments, Manners, Silly Things, Time to Learn, Time to Relax, Time to Relax and Time in Town - increasing a user’s opportunity to use their AAC system for participating in social situations, well as in educational and leisure activities.
Gateway 40 Text targets literate teens and adults who prefer communicate using a word-based page set as opposed to traditional picture-based page set. The 40 Text page set is a duplicate of the Gateway Teen/Adult 40 page set with symbols removed.
Gateway 66-Teen/Adult targets teen and adult users who require an efficient core word vocabulary. It effectively meets the needs of competent communicators as well as those working to gain linguistic competence. Its powerful MAIN page has a core of the most frequently used words of the English language available through a single key selection. A School & Community Core page enables users to access topical school and community-based vocabulary without navigating from Gateway’s core. It utilizes Gateway’s Dynamic Morphology feature to minimize keystrokes. The design of the Gateway 66-Teen/Adult page set results in an average of 1.3 keystrokes per word. Semantic Power Strips provide expanded vocabulary selection without navigating from the MAIN page. Access to a spelling page with word prediction is provided. A My Themes folder, links the user to a set of six thematic folders – About Me, Time to Chat, Time to Learn, Time to Relax, Time in Town and Manners. Each folder is designed to increase opportunities for participating in social situations, well as in educational and leisure activities.
Gateway 66-Text targets literate teens and adults who prefer to communicate using a word-based page set as opposed to a traditional picture-based page set. The 66 Text page set is a duplicate of the Teen/Adult 66 page set with the symbols removed.
Core word page set combined with a keyboard on the Main page. It includes word prediction, phrases, and community-based topic pages.
The Pixon™ Project Kit has been used around the world since 2009. The Pixon™ Project Kit includes 10 different manual communication boards, a curriculum, and a variety of educational support materials. The curriculum, boards, and educational materials have been used successfully to help children and adults develop their language skills and become generative communicators. Pixon™60 was created as a natural extension of this success. Children and adults who have successfully used the 50-location Pixon™ manual communication board can now use the Pixon™60 app – getting the extra benefit of independent speech output. The curriculum and educational support materials from the Pixon Project Kit™ (from the Prentke Romich Company) can continue to be used to provide the teaching team with the resources they need to support communication development with children and adults with emerging communication skills.
Choose from over 2800 Pixons to customize Pixon™60 with additional core and extended vocabulary words, morphological markers, and operational tools. Select from Pixons for personal pronouns to match your person’s gender and ethnicity. From the thousands of Pixons available, you can program additional core vocabulary or personal core words into row 2 and expand the extended vocabulary with additional activities and vocabulary words.
Pixon is available as a $79.99 in-App purchase in TouchChat.
The Pixon 60 manual can be downloaded here.
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