"Phoebe loves swimming and she found all the symbols on her Talk Pad to communicate to her team that she wanted to go: swimming costume, water, drink, swimming pool, sea, bath, bus, tap, waterplay."
Children’s guide on each Talk Pad so that young people can be reminded who they can talk to and where they can go for help and support if they are worried.
100 Voices was a project to explore care and assistive technology coming together. In October 2020 SMARTBOX became part of the CareTech Group with the intention of helping more people access the assistive technology that they need.
All of our young people can have access to SMARTBOX AAC devices to help them to communicate and have more independence. Hill House are so pleased to be part of the 100 Voices Project.
➜ See Smartbox in action at Hill House School here.
➜ Discover how the eye gaze camera support works here.
➜ Find out how you can control your surroundings here.
SMARTBOX assessed suitability for the technology alongside our Speech & Language therapist to ensure they receive the best AAC solutions for their individual needs.
Staff were provided with device training and support and ongoing clinical support where needed to make sure the people receiving devices are supported throughout their AAC journey. We can measure the impact of AAC and how it affects people’s behaviours, their individual goals and the team supporting them.
The Talk Pad enables our young people to have a voice and to be able to make a range of choices and preferences throughout every aspect of their life from choosing lunch in the school café to being able to communicate how they are feeling to taking their device out and about, communicating with others.
Many of our children are non-verbal but have responded to a range of communication aids which shows us the potential voice that is there to be nurtured and listened to.
We believe strongly in choice being the number one thing we can give our children, whether this is what to have for lunch or what to wear that day.
However busy life is, we want to stop and listen to that voice. In the assessment process it was very clear to us that Smartbox is going to develop both the voices and choices of our children.
- Kate Landells, Principal