IMG_37622I’m a Speech Pathologist who is always making visual timetables, PECS picture cards, first-then boards and personal history books for the people I support.

There have been many nights where I’ve stayed back at work at that one computer that had the specialised software loaded onto it and created my visual resources hurriedly so they’d be ready for my session the next day.

I’m so excited Tools2Talk+ is here! It’s definitely an app I’m keen to add into my toolbox!

When we think ‘communication’ and ‘app’, we immediately think of proloquo2go, LAMP and other electronic communication-device apps that give our kids voices. Tools2Talk+ is different. It does have a simple voice-output function that allows the boards you make to ‘speak’, but it’s more than that.

Tools2talk+ processSo what is Tools2Talk+?

It’s essentially an app that allows you to create your own paper-based communication resources, and export them to e-mail so that you can print them out, laminate them, and use them.

How do I use it?

1.  Open the Tools2Talk+ app.

2. Choose a template to individualise, like a:

  • ABC board
  • Calendar
  • Chores chart
  • Communication book
  • Daily timetable
  • First – Then board
  • Personal Communication Dictionary (PCD)
  • Personal history book
  • Phrase list
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Shopping list
  • Weekly timetable
  • Who’s here today

Alternatively you can create your own grid by selecting the number of rows and columns.

3. Customise each cell with your own:

  • Text
  • Image. You can choose from:
    -Over 20,000 Picture Communication Symbols
    -Over 1500 COMPIC pictographs
    -Your own photo

c14.Export your board to your e-mail, or send it to a friend in PDF format.

5.Print it out, laminate and use as you wish!

I love that I’ll have so many of the images that the people I support use and are familiar with, and that there will be a consistent look and feel to everything I produce – you can even do rounded corners – yay!

Have a look at some of the resources I’ve just finished making. I can’t wait to show the kids at school tomorrow…and brag to the teachers that I made all of these on the couch in front of the TV!

Perfect PECS cards!

My communication book – complete with tabs!

Handy visual shopping list for when we’re out next week

Tools2Talk+ is available on the iPad only and is currently $74.99 from the App Store


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