We’d Love for You to Like Us – and not just because we are so versatile!

August 29

TalkingTiles can run on pretty much any device – Android, Apple, Windows and Google Chrome.


 

Did you know that TalkingTiles is one of the only assistive care apps out there that can be configured to work on more than one platform?  We had such a great response from clinicians who were thrilled to learn that their clients/students could be using an iPad while at school, and then use an Android tablet when they got home!

 

Here are 5 great ways TalkingTiles can be so versatile:

  1. If your device breaks, your TalkingTiles data and account are safely stored in the Cloud – it is not lost. 
  2. If you leave your device at home, you can still access TalkingTiles on another device wherever you are.
  3. Some mobile devices are more expensive than others – you can now buy the one that fits your price range and run TalkingTiles from it with ease of mind.
  4. You have the option to use devices of different sizes.  At home you could use one with a larger screen, while carry around a smaller one for excursions away from home.
  5. With so many devices to choose from, there is no need worry about which one your SLP or therapist  is using.  They can upload and download speech pages from their device and sync it automatically with yours.

Our device versatility is just one of the many reasons we are so Affordable, Adaptable, and Accessible!

 

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    Mozzaz CEO to speak at HIMMS 2014 Panel ‘Beyond BYOx – The Internet of Things in Healthcare’

    Our CEO, Sammy Wahab, will be participating in a panel discussion at the HIMMS 2014 Conference later this month in Orlando, Florida. The panel, moderated by Dell Healthcare & Life Science’s Alex Castillo, looks at the trend of patients bringing their own mobile devices to healthcare settings for the purpose of treatment and connecting with their care team. 

    The expert panel will discuss how BYOx has affected healthcare, and strategies organizations are adapting to manage this trend.  Further to that, they will explore how today’s implementation of a scalable BYOx strategy can prepare healthcare organizations for the future of connected devices.  Sammy will provide his insight and experiences as the man behind TalkingTiles, and how our collaborative approach to consumer driven healthcare is putting the access to care in the hands of the patient, allowing them to access therapy and treatment when they need it. 

    Catch Sammy with the rest of the panel speakers on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30am. Click here to Register

    Expert panelists include:

    • Milton Chen , CEO, VSee
    • Trey McMillian, VP of Information Systems, Vidant Health
    • Sammy Wahab, CEO, Mozzaz Corporation
    • Ben Wilson, MBA, MPH, Director, Mobile Health, Intel Corporation
    • Bridget Winders, Executive Director, Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences

    Moderator:

    Alex Castillo, Solutions Marketing Strategist, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences

     

  • TalkingTiles: An app within an app!

    We weren’t just blown away by the wind in Chicago, we were blown away by all the great ideas for apps that SLPs shared with us at ASHA. The best part of their app ideas? The unique flexibility of TalkingTiles means that many of those ideas can actually be created within our app, making TalkingTiles perform like multiple apps all rolled into one. With the new version of TalkingTiles, creating interactive pages and tiles is now possible. Refer to the blog “Getting Creative with Interactive Tiles” to learn more.

    Do you want to create an app for visual schedules? Done! An app that can sing the national anthem? Done! How about a bilingual app? Done!

    This is why we call it the all-in-one app.

    Creating visual schedules:

    • List view or tile-by-tile view: list out your tasks in a list view by reducing the number of columns and increasing the number of rows. Alternatively, use the link-to feature to allow you to show a single tile, and upon completion of the task, you will be brought to the next tile when you click on it.
    • Speech bar and audio – on or off: you have the option to utilize the speech bar and audio to hear each task announced, or you can disable the speech bar and audio functions.
    • Text, image, or both: you can tailor every tile just the way you want it. Your tiles can appear with just text on them, just an image, or both.

    Create a tile that links to the national anthem:

    Just because someone can’t sing aloud on their own, doesn’t mean they can’t participate. Linking a tile to a website, such as YouTube is easy. After locating the appropriate YouTube video (or other site), copy the URL. When you are creating your Anthem tile, select “website” from the Tile Action dropdown selection. Paste in the URL and you are set! Once your tile is saved, when you click on your Anthem tile, the video clip will open and start playing.

    Create a bilingual page:

    Communication in two languages is not always the easiest task, particularly when you are relying on a device to do it for you. Luckily TalkingTiles offers over 150 voices and languages to pick from – and you can pick as many as you want! By customizing the Text-To-Speech option at the tile level, you can create a page that utilizes more than one language or voice. For example, you can create a single page that has 12 tiles in English, and 12 tiles in French. It’s as easy as that!

    What ideas do you have for an assistive care app? Want to know if you can make it in TalkingTiles? Contact our team to find out!

     

     

     

     

  • Implementing Core Vocabularies in the Classroom

    We communicate with each other because we want to ask for what we want, reject what we don’t want, comment on what we see, tell stories, complain, ask and answer questions, and more. However, students who are in need of communication supports are often provided with insufficient vocabularies. To help your students gain a meaningful core vocabulary, there are multiple ways that you can implement strategies into the classroom setting using an AAC device.

    • Request/choice making
    • Visual schedules
    • Information transformer

    Request/Choice Making

    Request or choice making gives the student the opportunity to express what they want or need, and to help them creatively find ways to say things differently. Begin by using objects that are of interest to the student to help increase meaningful communication and be sure to identify your target language with core words. Examples would be playing card games like Go Fish or Uno – how many ways can you think of using beyond “I, you, it, give, have, not”? Another idea is to create/discuss errands. If someone is delivering the mail, they would use “I” and “give” – have your student think of other ways to effectively deliver the mail with their core vocabulary.

    Visual Schedules

    Creating visual schedules can aid students in understanding the structure and parameters of the day, Visual schedules imagecan assist with directions for activities, and supports teaching multiple concepts.

    You can lay out your visual schedules in a variety of ways. A vertical layout is good for lists and schedules, horizontal is good for directions, while a ring is a different way to show one activity at a time. Assistive Care apps like TalkingTiles allows you to customize the layout of each page, giving you the opportunity to create different kinds of visual schedules for different purposes.

    When using visual schedules, you can review the items as you go using time order words or phrases to indicate the activity has passed. For example “First math, next spelling, last break time” or “Math is finished, now spelling, next break time.”

    Information Transfer

    Early communicators often talk about people, objects, and events as a way to transfer information. Events can include human interactions, can be talked about using a variety of words, and can allow the AAC user to reflect internally. When the events are meaningful and related to the person, it helps to increase interaction and language use.

    Core words helps the communication exchange by allowing them to be used to describe events with a communication partner helping to produce novel, generative language.

    An example of how to use information transfer is by creating Experience Pages on TalkingTiles. You can use symbol images from the symbol libraries, or you can use real photos – such as a photo of a movie stub or restaurant napkin, or even a picture of a person who was there – to help show what was involved in the experience. This helps to engage the student into a conversation as you can ask about each item shown, prompting them to reply. When using this strategy, be sure to follow along at the student’s level of understanding.

    As your student’s ability with Core Vocabulary increases, you will find more ways to directly your student in expressing and using language. What ways have you found to be effective?

    Reference: Material for this blog post was extracted from Understanding, Implementing, and Communicating with Core Vocabulary by D. Anderson and K. Bittner, August 2013.