Augmentative and alternative communication language system

Publication number  US20130065204 A1

Application number  13/674,490

Publication date        Mar 14, 2013

Filing date                       Nov 12, 2012

Inventors                        Heidi LoStracco,  Renee Collender

 

 

ABSTRACT

A method and device for providing a language system. The method includes displaying a home screen including a first plurality of user selectable communication keys, wherein each communication key represents a first word. In response to receiving a first indication of a user selection of a first key, it is determined whether the first key is linked to a secondary screen. If the first key is not linked to a secondary screen, an audible signal representing the first word is output. Otherwise, a secondary screen is displayed including a second plurality of communication keys that are related to the first word and a communication key that represents the first word. The device includes appropriate hardware for performing the method. In both the method and device, the language system is configured to output an audible output of a user selected word after no more than two user selections.

 

SELECTED CLAIMS:

1. A method of providing an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language system, the method comprising:

displaying, by a processing device on a display, a home screen, the home screen comprising a first plurality of user selectable communication keys, wherein each communication key represents a first word;

receiving, by the processing device, a first indication of a user selection of a first key from the first plurality of user selectable keys, wherein the first key is located at a first position on the display;

in response to receiving the first indication, determining, by the processing device, whether the first key is linked to a secondary screen;

if the first key is not linked to a secondary screen, outputting an audible signal representing the first word; and

if the first key is linked to a secondary screen, displaying the secondary screen, the secondary screen comprising a second plurality of communication keys that are related to the first word, wherein the secondary screen further comprises a communication key that represents the first word,

wherein the AAC language system is configured to output an audible output of a user selected word after no more than two user selections.

11. A device for providing an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language system, the device comprising:

a processor;

a touch-sensitive display operably connected to the processor; and

a computer readable medium operably connected to the processor, the computer readable medium containing a set of instructions configured to instruct the processor to perform the following:

display a home screen on the touch-sensitive display, the home screen comprising a first plurality of user selectable communication keys, wherein each communication key represents a first word,

receive, from the touch-sensitive display, a first indication of a user selection of a first key selected from the first plurality of user selectable communication keys, wherein the first key is located in a first position on the display,

in response to receiving the first indication, determine whether the first key is linked to a secondary screen,

if the first key is not linked to a secondary screen, output an audible signal representing the first word, and

if the first key is linked to a secondary screen, display the secondary screen on the touch-sensitive display, the secondary screen comprising a second plurality of communication keys that are related to the first word,

wherein the AAC language system is configured to output an audible output of a user selected word after no more than two user selections.

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