|TalkingTiles has been profiled on CTV News to announce the recent launch of our app in the Google and Apple App Stores! The TalkingTiles team has been working closely with KidsAbility in Waterloo, an organization that serves children with a wide range of special needs, including communication difficulties in language, articulation, fluency and voice.|
|We introduced TalkingTiles to some of their clients whose families who were in need of an AAC solution for communication for their children. One of the families was featured and spoke of how the app has helped their child which is so rewarding to the entire Mozzaz team!! To learn more about KidsAbility, please visit them at www.kidsability.ca |
Check out the news feature HERE!
Communication is a very personal interaction – being able to express your thoughts and feelings in the words you want can be both empowering and liberating. Therefore, programming an AAC for communication on a device with the words that the user would want to say is important to help them feel heard.
When programming an AAC device, consider the following:
- Choose a voice that fits with the user – gender, age, accent and language
- What are topics that the user would want to talk about?
- Consider their daily activities, interests, and the people in their lives
- What are messages that they need to say
When you download TalkingTiles you are automatically provided with free sample pages from various categories in our Library. You can edit these pages and add more speech pages simply by clicking on the edit icon three times until you are in “Run Mode.”
By using the Edit, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, and Help buttons in the Edit Mode you can move around the tiles, change their pictures and words, and add new tiles. While the symbol library is quite extensive, it doesn’t always have exactly what you want – like a picture of your Aunt Milly or a picture of your dog Gus. TalkingTiles allows you to download photos from your computer so that you can use the images that are personal to you.
Other custom features that you can use inTalkingTiles is the ability to connect a tile to a website and record your own voice. With the touch of a tile, you can link right from your app to educational games.
The voice of a familiar person can also be recorded, making it personal. When editing a tile, simply hitting the “Record” option will allow you to do this.
Now that you have all these ways to customize tiles, you can implement them into personalized speech pages. Create pages specific to your needs. For example, you could create a page called “About Me” that provides such information as the user’s name, address, phone number, family members, and doctor’s name as shown in the image below.
Other ideas of pages you could create are Food, Things at Home, Things at School, Things you want to do or Places you want to go. Speech pages can also be made in routines for a child such as brushing teeth or bedtime. The options really are endless!!
We always enjoy learning about the ways our customers are using TalkingTiles. Share your story on how you’ve been able to personalize TalkingTiles by sending us an email at email@example.com
Different AAC users have different AAC needs. The fact that TalkingTiles is so customizable and adaptable means that it can meet more needs for more users.
When you download the TalkingTiles app, your free trial subscription to the CareFusion Cloud gives you access to several image libraries – over 50,000 images all in all. Bliss, Symbolstix, Mulberry, Pictograms, Sclera, and soon to be added, Widgit. But within the depth of the variety of the images, there are some users who just can’t communicate with any of those 50,000 images.
The Widgit Symbol Set has been developed over the past 30 years and contains more than 12,000 symbols, which cover an English vocabulary of over 40,000 words.
Widgit Symbols are used all over the world, supporting 17 languages, and we’re proud to have them as part of the TalkingTILES library of symbols.
The symbol set is organized in a schematic structure with ‘rules’ for the way in which they are formed. Widgit offers a great user’s guide on how to effectively use this set for learning and communicating. Below is an overview of how the symbols are organized:
|The Widgit Symbol Set is organized into clear and simple categories and sub categories, for ease of reference and location. The symbols conform to a clear schematic structure to help learners develop their vocabulary independently.|
Refer to Widgit’s Guide to Symbols – a great resource for learning and utilizing this symbol set.
|The vocabulary illustrated by Widgit Symbols covers an extensive range of topics, including a wide range of curriculum areas such as Science and Math.|
Learn more about the “Level of Symbols” and “Qualifier” symbols being used by Widgit.
|Try out Widgit Symbols from TalkingTILES and share with us your stories!|
All the best – Team Mozzaz!
|If you’re at the HiMSS13 conference in New Orleans this week, make sure you drop by the Microsoft booth (booth #1127) as the Microsoft team are armed with the latest TalkingTiles version for Windows 8.|
Even though the Mozzaz team is not there in person, TalkingTiles is well represented - especially when shown on the massive 82” beautiful Perceptive Pixel multi-touch screen!
Below Gareth Hall, Healthcare Industry Solutions Manager for Microsoft, talking with a giant TalkingTiles!
Cheers – Team Mozzaz!
The Mozzaz team was in full force in Orlando for the ATIA 2013 conference. While Toronto was digging out of a snow dump, the team was busy meeting and greeting people at the conference in sunny Orlando! It was amazing to meet so many people with TalkingTiles already installed and sharing their great stories on how it’s helping their clients in AAC therapy. People loved the remote programming and collaborative aspects to TalkingTiles and are looking forward to our next version with customizable grids and type-to-speak features.
Here are some pics from the show:
We were lucky to be featured in the Microsoft booth with TalkingTiles running on the new Windows Surface RT tablets. The Surface tablets were definitely drawing a lot of attention and many were pleased by the power of these devices and their versatility.
We got a chance to show-off TalkingTiles working with our assistive device partners. Below Melissa was demonstrating TalkingTiles running on a large touch-screen TapIT monitor with TapIT CEO, Dr. Raymond. As well, we demonstrated TalkingTiles working with Jouse2 from Compusult, the joystick that is controlled by your mouth. Both great examples of how TalkingTiles can easily work with assistive devices right out-of-the-box.
And we had some lucky TalkingTiles winners at the conference; Evelyn Walker from Citrus County Schools won the 6 month subscription and Dr. Mary Ann Lowe from Nova Southeastern University who won a Windows Surface RT tablet. Congratulations winners!!
Hi-5’s and thumbs up at the TalkingTiles booth!
We would like to thank Daniel Hubbell, ATIA Board President, and the entire ATIA Events team for giving us an opportunity to be a sponsor and enjoy a great experience at the conference!
Well team Mozzaz was at it again with another first time conference –CSUN’s 28th Annual Center on
Disabilities conference in San Diego.
This event was extra special for us as we announced TalkingTiles for Windows 8 devices and computers. The flexibility and power of the assistive technology features in Windows 8 coupled with the touch-friendly tablet devices make these machines very compelling for professionals and their clients for therapy and learning.
As part of our Windows 8 announcement, we were excited to give away a Windows Surface RT tablet to a lucky winner along with Microsoft’s Dan Hubbell, Manager of Assistive Technology for Microsoft.
|Linda and Microsoft’s Dan Hubbell proudly displaying the Windows Surface RT tablet we were giving way. Loved seeing TalkingTiles running on the big screen in Microsoft’s Windows 8 display in the background|
|And the moment we’ve been all waiting for… the draw!|
And our happy winner! Melissa Hughes from the San Diego Unified School District.
Congratulations from the entire Mozzaz team!
Thanks to all the great people we met! We look forward to working with you and seeing you again soon!
In less than two weeks the Mozzaz team will find ourselves in Orlando, Florida – not soaking up the sunshine, but sharing TalkingTiles and the Mozzaz difference at the ATIA 2013 conference.
ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) holds an annual conference in Orlando to connect people who have disabilities and those who support, work with, and educate individuals with disabilities. The conference is an opportunity to share and network with others, and learn about the latest trends in assistive technology.
This is the first ATIA conference that Mozzaz will attend. We had great success (and fun!) at the OSLA and ASHA conferences last year that we are sure this one will be just as great.