A Wide range of pre-made vocabularies are available for use with Mind Express.
£100.00 excl VAT
This is a collection of activities that have been designed to help individuals with severe multiple and physical challenges to develop the motor/cognitive abilities to activate first a single switch, and then 2 switches, based upon the individual’s own intent. There is no ‘timing’ aspect in any of these activities. This is because the brain needs to be able to slow down and process the motor and cognitive information to form new neurological connections. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
This is the first set of activities in series that will be available for children learning to use two switch step scanning. All activities are based on the ‘Stepping Stones to Switch Access’ by Linda J. Burkhart. Some of these activities were previously available for IntelliTools Classroom Suite.
The activities are protected but can be tried out for 7 days. After this demo period, you’ll need an activation code.
PLEASE NOTE: switches need to be set to send 1 and 2 instead of space and enter for these activities to work.
£220.00 excl VAT
SCORE is a symbol based strategy that can be used at a very early stage to develop and increase language development, thereby facilitating and improving communication skills. This pageset has been specifically designed for the UK and is based on the SymbolStix, PCS & Widgit symbol sets.
The SCORE strategy is research-based and it consists of a set of low tech communication boards, a more extended communication binder and a comprehensive communication page for Mind Express. The basic idea with the communication boards and the binder is to provide a set of communication aids that make the combination of core and fringe vocabulary as easy as possible. The materials differ in complexity but all have the same structure and similar positions of the words. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
The most frequently used core words are consistently organised in a static frame around a dynamic block of fringe words. This clever setup gives the user access to core vocabulary at any time. Grammar functions are dynamically presented, based on the part of speech, and can be used to build grammatically correct messages. Learners and their communication partners use and practice with a set of selected focus words for a number of weeks, receptively as well as expressively, and in different contexts. The idea is that if the child’s language development is facilitated and subsequently improves, then the child’s communication skills will also improve. The availability of both low-tech and high-tech resources allows a multi model approach and supports modelling variation.
SCORE also includes extensive multimedia capabilities such as music, video, calculator, internet radio, youtube, sms, e-mail and camera. In addition, you can easily personalize SCORE with a custom color scheme, you can set focus words to temporarily focus on learning specific vocabulary and there are letter cards and phonetic letter cards available.
The SCORE vocabulary can be tried for free for 30 days.
. Symbolstix PCS Widgit
£100.00 excl VAT
Many people that use AAC don’t have the ability to sound out words, which is an important part of language development. Phonics for All helps fill in this gap by teaching the key sounds that make up the English language.
Included in Phonics for All
Phonics for All is split into a series of nine units which come complete with a corresponding end of unit test:
• Single letter sounds • Initial blends • Final blends • Digraphs • Medial sounds • Medial double consonants • Tricky sounds • Rimes 1 • Rimes 2 • End of unit tests[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
What is phonics?
Phonics is a method used to help teach literacy. It is where we associate a sound with a letter and use these sounds to build words by connecting them together. So if we know the sounds for ‘d’, ‘o’ and ‘g’, we can make the word ‘dog.
Why use Phonics for All?
Phonics for All is a complete tool to support learners on their way to using synthetic (blended) phonics. It has been designed to support a range of access methods.
There are two keyboards built into Phonics for All, enabling students to experience and rehearse all of the common units of sound that make up the words we use every day.
Comprehension activities are built into every unit, so students with complex needs can begin to read for meaning alongside their acquisition of phonic knowledge. This means that students who are still learning phonics aren’t left behind their classmates.
The scheme meets the needs of students who need more time to absorb learning, and supports the need for repetition and over-learning.
Learning and assessment
Follows a simple structure that complements school’s normal phonics programmes. End of unit tests can be used to assess a student’s needs and progress.
It is easy to create PDFs of students’ work so they can be saved or printed out for marking and recording progress throughout the scheme.
The Phonics for All scheme has been designed to encourage independent learning. Students can continue tasks in their own time, working through the units unaided once they are familiar with the learning format.
Phonics for All can be used in a classroom setting as well as by individuals. Students without speech can then join in using their synthetic practice grids and repeat tasks later to support their learning, if needed.
Encourages inner speech
From the first single letter sounds unit inner speech is encouraged with the interchange of symbols, letters and supporting sounds. Students can also rehearse sounds, learning at their own pace.
Grounded in research
Phonics for All is built on extensive research that analyses the problems AAC users face when learning to read and write – conducted in the UK and USA. Particularly that of Karen Erickson who has studied in this field for many years.
Created by Marion Stanton
Phonics for All was created by Special Educational Needs teachers and AAC practitioner Marion Stanton.
It was developed after trialling the idea for over fifteen years with a number of students, many of who have gone on to become literate. She has worked with Speech and Language therapists, as well as teachers and families, to ensure that the programme meets the literacy acquisition needs of the students.
. Symbolstix Widgit
Amego is a ready-to-use solution for text-based communication. The keyboard with word and sentence prediction allows for fast novel communication. There are 5 keyboard choices available. Amego has a vast collection of pre-stored phrases. You can easily add or remove your own sentences to the pre-stored phrases.
Amego is more than just communication. It also includes applications for email, SMS, phone, Facebook, Twitter, Kindle, Instagram and YouTube. You can manage your contacts and calendar, play music, view photos and watch videos. Use of environmental controls and control of other Windows programs or remote control of other PC’s or Mac computers are among some of the other possibilities that Amego offers. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Choose the desired access method yourself. Mouse, joystick, scanning or eye control, the user can switch Access methods within Amego itself. Uniquely Amego will automatically adapt its layout and interface depending on what access method you have selected.
The vocabulary is easy to personalise. You decide which items you want or do not want using the intuitive include and exclude page. There are also 4 colour schemes that you can use throughout the vocabulary.
Talk Together is a unique new way for a young people and their communication partners to work together. From the very beginning, this innovative vocabulary package encourages your involvement in modelling and supporting a developing vocabulary – all within a highly intuitive set of pages that enables young people say what they want. A wealth of on-screen support and ideas are available at the touch of a button at every stage, so there’s no need to constantly refer to the manual!
Changing access method is as simple as selecting the settings cell and choosing ‘change access method’ If eye gaze or dwell mouse is chosen a rest cell is automatically added to all pages.
£298.00 excl VAT
CARLA is a formative assessment designed to assess the receptive language skills of children where there is a concern about language development and/or where there is consideration of Augmentative Communication (AAC) use.
CARLA is computer based with all target materials being on screen and as such can be accessed using a touchscreen. CARLA also allows access by children with physical disabilities using their own alternative computer access methods such as switches, eye gaze or head controls. CARLA is automatically scored and provides summary statistics and output of the results in a form which can be easily interpreted – this reduces the likelihood of interpretation bias during administration. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
CARLA uses photos of real objects, people or situations for the majority of the stimulus. CARLA also includes the ability to test understanding of highly familiar and person specific items which may show a degree of comprehension which is not revealed in assessments which start with generic high frequency vocabulary.
CARLA is not a standardised diagnostic assessment of receptive language and does not aim to label or rate children according to their receptive language skills nor compare them to a ‘normal population’. CARLA is designed as a formative assessment to create a descriptive profile of a child’s skills and gaps and allow identification of areas where additional targeted work may be useful.
CARLA is specifically designed to consider areas of receptive language relevant to the use of AAC. CARLA can thus contribute to assessments, or pre-assessment understanding of areas of receptive language development relevant to AAC use. CARLA can thus be used with other screening tools, resources and assessments to help identify and profile children who may benefit from AAC.
£225.00 excl VAT
ScanSpeak has been developed by Speech and Language Therapists Lynn John and Tamsin Crothers during their employment by Ashton, Wigan & Leigh PCT. It is a customisable vocabulary package devised for individuals using block scanning with one or two switches for access.The vocabulary is arranged semantically over 20 pages with up to 96 symbols per page organised into 6 blocks of 16 symbols. The Main/home page contains “core” vocabulary words needed for sentence building and an index linking to semantically organised categories. There is a mixture of situation based vocabulary (e.g. chatting/watching TV) and semantically organised vocabulary (e.g. places, feelings, describing words).
ScanSpeak has been introduced to users as young as 2 years by low tech means: using MindExpress a teacher can print off communication pages block by block introducing up to 16 buttons at a time in line with the child’s learning. Using the software with 96 buttons & linked pages becomes a much easier progression. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
A full, 96 location high-tech version of ScanSpeak has been successfully introduced to a child at 6 years of age in a teaching capacity, and to a young person of 14 years who used a 16 location low-tech version, but who didn’t develop reliable switching skills until he was 14. In this case, he immediately transferred to the full programme and was using full sentences after two months.
Individuals with a learning ability of 2-4 years have used this system, giving single message/words and learning 2 word combinations.
ExpressTalk is a series of vocabulary packages for Mind Express software which can run on any PC computer under the full Windows Environment (not Windows CE). There are three vocabularies in the series: ExpressTalk-Starter, ExpressTalk-Intermediate and ExpressTalk-Senior. Each vocabulary is self contained and it is not necessary to progress through the series although this is a likely scenario for someone new to communicating with symbols. Colour coding is used in each of these vocabularies to assist navigation and perceptual scanning but not for grammar classification. All of the vocabularies will need some personalisation for each individual user.
Please click here for more information on the Express Talk .
Ingfield Dynamic Vocabularies were originally developed by Sally Conner at Ingfield Manor School to provide a core vocabulary structure to allow effective and flexible communication development work. Since first concept Sally has developed the vocabularies based on experience of using the vocabularies with children and to utilise the new features of current AAC devices. Ingfield Express has been specifically modified to work with MindExpress.
Please click here for more information on the Ingfield Express.
£220 excl VAT
WordPower software is a unique vocabulary design for AAC devices developed by Nancy Inman. WordPower for Mind Express combines the features of core vocabulary, spelling and word prediction. WordPower takes advantage of the fact that a core vocabulary of just 100 words accounts for approximately 50 per cent of words spoken. This powerful system facilitates fast and efficient communication for non-speaking individuals in a short period of time. Versions include text-based WordPower, and text and picture-based
Please click here for more information on the WordPower.
£220 excl VAT
CALLtalk vocabulary was developed by Sally Millar of the CALL Centre and independent consultant Janet Larcher as part of a high-tech solution for communication. It is aimed at primary school aged children who have severe communication difficulties but with relatively good cognitive levels, enabling them to eventually construct sentences and ultimately read and write. Although children may not yet be at this level, CALLtalk’s educational basis enables it to be used as an aid to developing these skills.
Please click here for more information on the CALLtalk.
The CCS vocabulary was developed at the Chailey Heritage School in Sussex. The Vocabulary is structured into main categories accessible via the top page. Each category consists of a subcategory page below it (topics), followed by vocabulary items (keywords) accessible via the sub category page. The categories are also colour-coded to help recognition. CCS has recently been upgraded to include Colour PCS and colour Rebus. Grammar functions have been added to the verbs page and and environmental page has also been added. CCS is designed to be a vocabulary that grows with the user’s ability and is therefore set up for each individual user. A book is available to accompany the vocabulary.