Symbol or Real Image – does it make a difference?

Different AAC users have different AAC needs. The fact that TalkingTILES is so customizable and adaptable means that it can meet more needs for more users.

When you download the TalkingTILES app, your free trial subscription to the CareFusion Cloud gives you access to several image libraries – over 50,000 images all in all. Bliss, Symbolstix, Mulberry, Pictograms, Sclera, and soon to be added, Widgit. But within the depth of the variety of the images, there are some users who just can’t communicate with any of those 50,000 images.

Recently at the ATIA conference, we had the opportunity to chat with an SLP who has a client that will only respond to AAC communication tools that are able to show her real-life images. For example, a drawn image of a glass of juice is not sufficient, she will only indicate that she wants juice if the image is of an actual glass of juice. This has been a recent discovery for the SLP and the client’s family, and they were quite thrilled to have figured out a method on how to communicate with her.

TalkingTILES’ ability to use real photos and images of your choosing from your own camera or device means that you can you upload the images that work for you. Some individuals experience difficulty in recognizing drawn images and associating them with their meaning, while others may just have a preference for seeing the real thing. Regardless of the reason, having the option to meet their need is a valuable asset.

To learn more about how TalkingTILES could be adapted to your needs, sign up for a Talking Tuesday session by emailing us at

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