Allow users to stay with an easy and familiar device as their needs and abilities change. Eliminates the need to learn or become comfortable with a new device. Sturdy, interchangeable frames allow device to be configured in 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 message format on each level. Simply change the frame/overlay. Seven levels for recording provide up to 112 messages (in 16 window setting).
Great for communicating as well as for vocabulary and phrasing expansion. Operates with 4 AA batteries (not included). 12"L x 9"W x 4"H.
On the Go 7 Level Communication Builder includes handle and 36" adjustable strap for easy portability.
7 levels of communication
Frames for 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 message windows
300 seconds total record time
Sleep mode preserves battery life
Record time per level by window setting using all 7 levels:
1 window = 42 seconds
2 windows = 21 seconds per message
4 windows = 10-1/2 seconds per message
8 windows = 5-1/4 seconds per message
16 windows = 2-1/2 seconds per message
The 7-Level Communication Builder enhances the lives of non-verbal users by serving as a means of education and personal expression. The device is a template for these ends as the user is not restricted to any particular area of focus.
The communicator is set up for the user to easily record over and over again and thus can be used for many different purposes. Five different frame settings allow working in or transitioning with 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 messages at a time with 300 seconds of total recording time.
To begin to demonstrate its versatility, below are a few examples of activities that function as a way of initiating language, making choices, communicating needs, and sequencing.
Introductions For a non-verbal user at circle time in class, using the one-frame setting on the communicator, they could simply press the device and say, “Hi, my name is Gail. What’s your name?” The user is able to initiate language by introducing him/herself and be a part of the group.
Making Choices (Yes or No)
Enable the user to make a choice by answering questions in the affirmative or negative. Set up the device for the two window setting with one icon for “yes” and one icon for “no”. The user will then activate the communicator when asked a question like, “Did you have a good day today?”
Sometimes it may be unclear what a user wants to do at a given moment. The communication builder can empower the user to decide for him/herself which activity to partake in. With the four-window setting, the user can link a sentence together by pressing one icon to say, “I would like to play…”, and then one of three corresponding icons. Maybe the user wants to play “in the art area”, “on the computer”, or “with blocks”.
Suppose a class is conducting a cooking activity. By using the communicator on the eight-window setting, any user can be included in the kitchen and act as head chef by pressing icons to ask for certain ingredients. The user is able to make choices and communicate needs and will therefore better enjoy working on the group’s creation.
When it’s time for a meal or maybe just a snack, the communicator allows a user to indicate his/her preference. For instance, the device can be set up for the 16-window frame so that the user can choose a snack, a meal, a drink, and/or a dessert. Link the leftmost icon of each row with three specific choices. By doing so, the user can say, “I’m thirsty. I would like a drink of…”, and then make a selection, such as “juice”.
If as a parent or teacher you want to know how your user is feeling, the 7-Level Communication Builder allows you to find out. To have the user sequence his/her response, set up either the 4, 8 or 16 window frame with an opening phrase and a set of emotions. Now when you ask, “How are you feeling today?”, the user can initiate language and tell you, “I feel…happy”.
One of the most common settings in the classroom is story time and the communicator can be an important asset then, also. By recording the pages of a book on the 16-window frame, each user can be included in the reading of the story. This creates a sense of accomplishment and keeps everyone involved.
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