TippyTalk – Allowing Those with Verbal Disabilities to Effectively Communicate

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1 in 68 children in the U.S. falls somewhere on the autism spectrum while 25% of those children are nonverbal and lack the ability to convey their ideas through spoken word.

An app created by the father of a child living with Autism, TippyTalk helps the efforts of those who cannot express themselves get their messages across.

If you’ve watched the video above, you can see how easy TippyTalk is to use. Powered by AAC (communication) platform, it grants the person with the verbal disability the ability to effectively communicate with others.

Its solution is to essentially allow a person with a verbal disability to communicate by translating customized pictures into personalized text messages which are sent to a family member or caregiver’s phone or tablet. The parent or caregiver then captures images that are uniquely identifiable and familiar to the person. These images can be a person, object or animal. Those with the verbal impairment need to only select the person they want to speak with and select the image that communicates that thought.

Next, to these images, the person sending these images can accompany it with text that can say statements similar to the following: “I’m happy,” “I love you,” or “I’m hungry.”

On the caregiver’s side, they can have the option to record their own voice reading the text to make their voice more recognizable while simultaneously encouraging language development.

With all the aforementioned efforts, this removes limitations of non-verbal same-room communication and takes out the person with the verbal disability from the limitations of same room communication. By doing this, it promotes communication, independent choice, and offers a platform for social inclusion.

If you’re interested in TippyTalk, you can download it for iOS, Android, or Kindle devices with a 30-day free trial. Head to tippy-talk.com to learn more!

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