We craft software to change the lives of people who, without SymbolSpeak, would not be able to find their voice.

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Speak with symbols in real-time! Symbol-It provides a natural and fun way to translate your speech into picture symbols in real time. With Symbol-It in hand, any English speaker can communicate with a Symbol Speaker without having to learn to use a speech generating device or app!

Connect

  • See your spoken language made visible with over 21,000 picture symbols!
  • With Symbol-It, it becomes easy for all family members, educators, therapists, physicians, and friends to communicate with the Symbol Speakers in your life.
  • Symbol-It brings the world of spoken language to Symbol Speakers, whether it’s in their home, their school, their community, or anywhere life can lead them.
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Customize

  • Communicate with Symbol Speakers using their symbol system of choice! Symbol-It uses picture symbols from the leading companies in the industry, including Boardmaker and Semantic Compaction/Printke Romich.
  • Control the size of your symbols to meet the needs of your Symbol Speakers.
  • A light and a dark color mode make the display more comfortable on the eyes.

LEARN

  • Symbol Speakers learn alternative communication more naturally by being immersed in those around them using it in their everyday lives.
  • Picture symbols are color coded by their part of speech using to the Modified Fitzgerald color coding system
  • Not familiar with augmentative communication? No problem! Symbol-It makes it easy for all English speakers to naturally speak to the Symbol Speaker in their language.
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BACKED BY RESEARCH

  • Symbol-It is rooted in the idea of Dual-Symbol Immersion from the research of O’Lenick & Garcia (2019).
  • This ground breaking theory suggests that just as spoken language is learned through imitation, Symbol Speakers learn symbols best through interacting with other people speaking both verbal language and picture symbols simultaneously, as opposed to symbol only interactions.
  • Make your language easier to understand by using research-backed core vocabulary dictionaries.

Who should use Symbol-It?

Parents, caregivers, educators, and therapists may all benefit from using Symbol-It, the first speech to symbol translator available for mobile devices. 

Language is learned in naturally occurring environments and activities. Language is learned at home, at the playground, inside, outside, with family and friends, throughout life. Language is learned when we see and hear that language in meaningful ways. Language through AAC should develop in the same way, and the symbol speaker should be given the opportunity to develop language naturally. This will require that the primary people in a symbol speaker’s life speak in the symbol system that is likely to be learned. According to O’Lenick and Garcia (2018), it is as if the speakers are speaking a language different from the individual and the individual developing language through AAC needs to figure out the symbols on his/her own.

 

Families, caregivers, educators & therapists can connect to a symbol speaker in their language.

Dual-Symbol Immersion

Dual-Symbol Immersion means that the symbol speaker, the learner, needs and deserves to be spoken to in the symbol system he/she is likely to learn, throughout the day, in all contexts and environments, and in all types of activities. When immersed in the symbol system he/she is likely to learn, then and only then can the symbol speaker have the opportunity to develop language through AAC in a way consistent with verbal language development.

How do we focus on the development of language skills when that language is not verbal?

UnderstandIng Dual-Symbol Immersion will help to understand the role that Symbol-It plays in language acquisition. The guiding forces through AAC are developmental learning theories and language development progression and milestones. Social learning theories (Vygotsky, 1979; Paul, 2013) describe that language is learned by being used in meaningful ways. Children learn language verbally by being talked to, and by their own developing expressive language being made meaningful by those around them. When applying these learning theories to language through AAC, an essential component is that symbol speakers will be spoken to and have the symbols used in combination with verbal language (O’Lenick & Garcia, 2018).

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User-friendly

Easily translate speech into symbols and communicate with the symbol speaker

Flexible

The visual representation may be displayed for different symbol systems, for various vocabulary levels, and in different sizes, colors and more.

Versatile

Symbol-It will be able to be projected from the iPad/iPhone, allowing for display in a classroom or conference room.

Support

We at SymbolSpeak are dedicated to providing not only the best applications, but the highest standard of customer servce.

Get Symbol-It

Get started using real-time translation of speech to symbol and connect with the symbol speaker in your life in symbols.

Using augmentative communication has never been easier.

Symbol-It

Real-Time Speech To Symbol Translation

Symbol-It makes it easy for all English speakers to naturally speak to the Symbol Speaker in their language.
  • Picture symbols from the leading companies in the industry
  • Symbol customization
  • A light and a dark color mode make the display more comfortable on the eyes.
  • Picture symbols are color coded by their part of speech using to the Modified Fitzgerald color coding system