Choice AAC™ Page Set with Pixons®
Designed by Semantic Compaction Systems for TapSpeak
The Choice AAC™ Page Set with Pixons® provides beginning augmented communicators with a set of essential core vocabulary words. These words equip people to communicate effectively, whether at a single or multi-word developmental level. Core vocabulary is the high-frequency vocabulary inherent in all conversations.
Core enables augmented communicators to go beyond requesting objects and activities to communicating for a broader range of functions such as asking questions, directing others, commenting, negating, etc. One aspect that sets Choice AAC™ apart is its focus on a word-based vocabulary.
Choice AAC™ promotes language development by encouraging users to combine words flexibly rather than relying exclusively on categories or pre-stored messages. Verb, noun and adjective morphology is easily accessed. Choice AAC™ is an excellent precursor to the Unity® language systems available from the Prentke-Romich Company.
Choice AAC™ uses the Pixon® symbol set based on Unity® icon sequences. This is a powerful way to represent core vocabulary and it leads to the Unity® system. Pixons® are a comprehensive set of single-meaning pictures that incorporate the essential elements and metaphors of core language. As a result, the Pixon® symbol set is a consistent and teachable representation of core vocabulary concepts. Augmented communicators who have used Pixons® transition readily to Unity®.
Choice AAC™ also includes a dictionary with more than 1000 nouns as well as indefinite pronouns (such as anything and everybody), providing the users with a framework for personalizing their fringe (extended) vocabulary. There are over 100 pages of words and phrases incorporating more than 1700 buttons of vocabulary.
Choice AAC™ includes an alphabetically organized, fully configurable and scannable keyboard with a companion page of numbers and punctuation.
Features of the new Choice AAC™ Page Set include:
- 35-button provides ample vocabulary on the main page while allowing for a large and accessible target.
- Multiple parts of speech combined on single pages to maximize use of grid space. For example, conjunctions, articles and prepositions are all located on the “Function Words” page.
- Automatic navigation to the main page upon vocabulary selection eliminates the need for the user to navigate back to the main page between vocabulary selections.
- Word endings for verb tenses, noun plurals and comparative and superlative forms of adjectives, including irregular forms, can be accessed on the keyboard page once the root word has been selected. For example, once the verb “play” is selected, you are returned to the home page. You can then navigate to the keyboard to access all forms of “eat” including “eats,” “eating,” “ate” and “eaten.”
- “Hide” feature provides the opportunity for therapists, teachers and parents to introduce vocabulary gradually and reduce visual processing demands by hiding buttons and limiting the number of buttons that are available to the augmented communicator. Vocabulary can then be added gradually as users master their current vocabulary sets.
- Completely customizable page set allows therapists, teachers and parents to add vocabulary, re-organize vocabulary or personalize symbols to best meet the needs of the augmented communicator. Customizable features include button location, symbol, spoken text and border and button colors.
- People Pages are completely customizable. Upon navigating to the Name/People page, you will find that there are very few symbols. That is because the goal of this page is to have photos of the AAC users family, friends and teachers. There are links to additional people on the page as well.
Alphabetical orientation of all vocabulary within a word class helps facilitators locate specific words quickly within a page. For pages in which there are multiple parts of speech, such as the “Function Words,” words are alphabetized within their word class. There are some exceptions to this organizational format, specifically on the “Pronouns,” “Helping Verbs”, “Name/People” and “Describers” pages.
- The pronouns are organized in a manner that keeps all of the pronouns for person and number together. For example, first person pronouns (me, my, mine, myself) are grouped in one column and second person pronouns (your, yours, yourself, yourselves) are grouped in a subsequent column.
- Most adjectives on the “Describers” page are semantically organized. For example, “good” and “bad,” “hot” and “cold” and “same “and “different” are placed together.
- The people page is organized by family, general terms, friends and teachers.
- Helping verbs are organized in groups.
Although the goal of Choice AAC™ is to provide augmented communicators with a solid base of words to generate their own language, there are some pages of pre-stored messages within the page set:
- Social Phrases – Common social phrases are programmed such as “How are you?” and “What’s your name?”
- Activity Pages – A page link has been created for “My Activities.” This page is blank with the exception of links for two sample activities: “Fast Food” and “Zoo.” Each of these pages has pre-stored sentences relevant to the specific topic. The buttons on these pages do not navigate back to the main page, which allows the user to access multiple messages about the same topic. (Facilitators are invited to store such phrases using recorded speech.)