How To Use Symbol-It
Real-Time Speech To Symbol Translation - And It's Easy!
Anyone with an i-Phone or i-Pad can use Symbol-It to connect with and help a Symbol Speaker in real-time.
Check out the tour below
This tour is using the iPad device. If you are using an iPhone, or a different iPad model, you may notice some slight differences in appearance.
This white (or black in dark mode) area is called the “Symbol Display Box”. This is where symbols will appear as you use the Symbol-It app.1 of 7 End Tour
The new “Button Row” lets you easily control and navigate Symbol-It with one finger2 of 7 End Tour
When you press the microphone icon, your words are translated and displayed in the Symbol Display Box.
To stop, you simply press the button again. If you do not press it again, it will automatically stop after 59 seconds of symbolling.3 of 7 End Tour
Take a photo and create your own personalized symbols. You can even edit the symbol later.4 of 7 End Tour
Easily clear your display box and start over.
However, it is not necessary to press this icon to do so. The symbol display box will also clear if you simply press the microphone and begin recording a new message.5 of 7 End Tour
As your words are being translated into symbols, the text translation will appear here. Simply select the icon to view the text.6 of 7 End Tour
To open the Symbol-It menu and customize your Symbol-It experience, just click here.
To learn more about customization and personalization, check out our tutorials on YouTube.7 of 7 End Tour
Frequently Asked Questions
Using the App
AAC is Augmentative and Alternative Communication. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “An AAC system is defined as an integrated set of components, including symbols, aids, strategies, and techniques used by individuals to enhance communication. The system serves to supplement any gestural, spoken and/or written communication abilities." (ASHA, 1991,p.10)
A symbol speaker is any individual who is dependent upon an AAC symbol system to communicate in place of verbal speech.
Symbol-It should be used by everyone and anyone who desires deeper, complexer, and more dynamic communication with a symbol speaker.
Symbol-It Pro includes all 4 leading symbol systems rather than just a symbol speaker’s system of choice, making it the best option for interventionists such as therapists and teachers.
SymbolStix is an evidence-based symbol communication system that provides the most complete and current symbol set available to support communication and comprehension. SymbolStix symbols are the visual language in communication systems including, but not limited to, Symbol-It™, Proloquo2Go, PRC-Satillo speech-generating devices, Tobii Dynavox devices, and more. SymbolStix enables you to efficiently deliver clear, consistent communication using multicultural, dynamic, contemporary symbols.
Symbols used are SymbolStix. Copyright © 2020 SymbolStix, LLC. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.
LAMP WFL & UNITY
Minspeak symbols are used within PRC vocabulary systems, including Unity, LAMP Words for Life, UNIDAD, and CoreScanner. With a small number of icons, a person using a Minspeak system can independently communicate a large vocabulary without having to spell or to learn and navigate through a large set of pictures. Minspeak symbols are available on PRC communication devices and apps including Accent 800/ 1000/ 1400, PRiO, Via Pro, and LAMP Words for Life iOS app. See www.prc-saltillo.com for more information.
Minspeak symbols and the Unity and UNIDAD language systems are a registered trademark of Semantic Compaction Systems and are used exclusively in PRC-Saltillo speech generating devices and apps. Apps and devices that use Minspeak symbols include Accent 800/ 1000/ 1400, PRiO, Via Pro, and LAMP Words for Life iOS app – these are all registered trademarks of PRC-Saltillo. See www.prc-saltillo.com for more information.
PCS is the industry leader for symbol based learning and communication needs. With over 40,000 culturally diverse symbols for all ages, this versatile symbol set is used worldwide in well-known learning software such as Boardmaker as well as communication systems like Snap Core First and PODD. PCS are known for being simple, versatile, and easy to learn and implement. The growing library is updated every month and it is available in 40 different languages.
For more information on PCS visit the GoBoardmaker website.
PCS is a trademark of Tobii Dynavox LLC. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Symbol Description: Smarty Symbols™ is a robust library of graphic representations of language used for visual support, communication, and language support. Its Symbol of Choice library provides an opportunity for additional customization of representations for a wide variety of children and adults. Smarty Symbol’s contemporary graphic style and up-to-date vocabulary provide maximum opportunity for efficient and flexible communication. Smarty Symbols is used in several apps including Custom Boards, Speak for Yourself, Speak with Me, Expressive, etc
Symbol-It includes licensed images from the Smarty Symbols library. All rights reserved to Smarty Symbols, LLC.
Technical Support & Troubleshooting
Be sure and check out the “Troubleshooting” area within the Symbol-It App Menu for tips, fixes and technical assistance.
You can find how to activate "dark mode" on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch here: Apple Support
A WiFi only device may be used in WiFi mode when connected to a hot spot.
To set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and toggle it on (if you don't see Personal Hotspot in Settings, tap Cellular > Personal Hotspot). Make note of the Wi-Fi password. Open the Wi-Fi menu on the device you need to connect to the internet.
Because Symbol-It uses Siri for the speech translation, be sure your Siri permissions are activated in both your iOS device settings and the Symbol-It app settings.
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Speech to Symbol Translation
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