PicTalk Toddler is an app designed to help children with speech delays or communication issues express their thoughts, feelings and needs to others. This AAC app has users build statements using the touch screen, as they click images to sequence together words and form ideas. Children start by choosing basic questions or opening statements, like “I feel,” “I want to go” or “I want to eat,” and can refine the dialogue by adding in specific details. The menus are divided by category, each labeled with clear pictures and labels to help children visually navigate the app with ease. When word selections are finished, the app will speak the phrase aloud, affording speech-challenged children the opportunity to express their needs and questions to to those around them. The communication assistance provided by this app makes it a good choice for children with ASD, while its simple interface and ease-of-use makes it recommended to ages 2 to 9.
Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.
The first step to communication is understanding needs and the ability of individuals to convey their state of mind. PicTalk Toddler gives users a simple mode of communication in which to express their needs, thoughts, and feelings. Users can create a customized profile, add favorite phrases and items, and even take useful pictures to add to the of app's picture inventory for later use. Using PicTalk Toddler requires users to think about themselves and their particular needs, and apply this information to language and expression.
Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
The inability to communicate can create high levels of stress and frustration, which can lead to anxiety and withdrawal in children who find speaking to others difficult. By using PicTalk, users can learn to express their feelings using simple phrases and images, while avoiding the frustrations the can stem from miscommunication. The ease in which the app facilitates the expression of simple phrases can take the stress out of communication, and help users become less reticent and more open to sharing their thoughts and needs with others.
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