Communication aids are crucial tools in special needs education. John Galloway reviews a welcome newcomer – Smooth Talker
The Smooth Talker: clarity and versatilityAs a simple communication aid the new Smooth Talker, from Inclusive Technology, is a welcome development in two ways. For a start there is the sound quality, which is less muffled than its predecessors, providing a crispness and clarity that will make expression and understanding easier. Then there's its versatility.
Devices such as this have been with us for a while. The Big Mac, for instance, offers a quick and simple way for an adult to record a message that a child can replay with one press of the button. This works well for those who are non-verbal, so they can join in activities – registration for instance. A quick "Here, miss," or "Good afternoon, everyone," and the pupil with a speech disability is put on the same footing as the rest of the class.