I am so excited to share with you a simple communication device. The family who created the device have a beautiful story and I know there are other children out there that could benefit from this device too!
The Tiny Talker is a simple augmentative communication device. The best thing of all is that the device does NOT cost hundreds of dollars. It is affordable for teachers and parents. After doing a search for myself, it is literally the most cost effective solution on the market right now. The best part? It is SO cost effective, that you could have one at school, one in the car, one in the bathroom… you get what I mean.
Image from http://www.thetinytalker.com/
CLASSROOM SUGGESTIONS FOR THE TINY TALKER:
Bathroom requesting- velcro the lightweight device to the doorway, student desk, or table so that it is easily accessible for students. Each time the student needs the bathroom, prompt them to press the button, then fade that prompt.
Snack requesting- meal time is PRIME time for teaching communication strategies. Use this device at the snack table to prompt your students to ask for “more” say “I’m thirsty” and say “I’m hungry”. ( Because the device is so lightweight and easily accessible you could bring to the lunch room too… and I’m even convinced that it would survive getting thrown to the floor.)
Teaching yes and no– I love to do this with a preferred and non preferred item. Onions and donuts, pencils and ipads…. you get the point. Use the “yes” “no” and “all done” buttons to help with this skill!
VELCRO- You know how I love velcro, and I thought that this device would be heavy- but it is SO lightweight… I know it is a simple one but that is UNHEARD of for a speech device. Even younger students can carry this to inclusion, velcro to a binder or desk, and easily pull it off as needed.
If you have a student who has a lot more language already, than this device probably isn’t for them. But I will say that this is PERFECT for students who are just beginning to acquire more language, who are nonverbal, or who are difficult to understand. This is the perfect place to start- at a price that is so affordable!
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