TippyTalkers need internet access on an iPad to send a message. The Managers and Community Members need internet access through wi-fi or their local phone carriers.
TippyTalk is suitable for many people who are living with a variety of nonverbal learning disorders.
We all learn differently, and TippyTalk has been effective for a variety of ages.
You will need the TippyTalker app on an iPad. Then Managers and Community Members each need a smartphone or other iOS or Android device to send and receive messages using the TippyTalk Community app.
TippyTalker goes on the iPAD you receive with your TippyTalk bundle. TippyTalk Managers use the free TippyTalk Community app to personalize TippyTalker. If you need assistance, contact support.
AAC technology enables nonverbal or speech-impaired users to communicate using a digital device. TippyTalk is a unique part of the AAC community because of its two-way communication ability.
TippyTalk is a two-way communication tool. It enables a nonverbal or speech-impaired person to have a conversation with anyone in his or her TippyTalk Community.
Messages sent between the TippyTalker and a Member are read aloud to the TippyTalker and translated into text for the Member.
TippyTalk may also be used for one-way communication: the TippyTalker creates a message to be read aloud for those in the room to hear.
The additional ability for two-way communication is what sets TippyTalk apart from other AAC tools.
The TippyTalker is the nonverbal or speech-impaired user of the TippyTalker app. The TippyTalker can choose to have a message read aloud to others in the room or to have a message sent to friends and family.
The TippyTalker selects the type of communication desired. Then the TippyTalker creates and sends a simple sentence using photos and illustrations.
This message is then either read aloud to someone in the room or translated to text and sent to Community Members. Members respond with typed messages that can be read aloud. The TippyTalker may also receive pictures, video, and recorded messages from Members. TippyTalkers communicate one-on-one with Members.
The TippyTalk Manager is the person, often a family member, who sets up and customizes the TippyTalk for the TippyTalker.
The Manager personalizes TippyTalker using the Library of 10,000+ SymbolStix images as well as photos and illustrations added by the Manager.
The Manager invites friends and family to join the TippyTalker's Community.
TippyTalk Community Members are the friends and family who can communicate with the TippyTalker using their smartphones or other devices.
Members send a selfie/portrait that the TippyTalker will use to send messages. Members may send written messages that will be read aloud to the TippyTalker, photos, videos, and recorded audio messages.
There is no limit to the number of Members belonging to a TippyTalk community. Members communicate one-on-one with the TippyTalker.
The complete TippyTalk Library contains 10,000+ provided SymbolStix images. The TippyTalker's Manager can also add personal photos and illustrations.
Images from the Library can be used to create the sentence fragment "cards" the TippyTalker uses to create messages.