Gizmo can help give a voice to those without one

In ASD circles, “assistive technology” can mean a variety of different things, from software to teaching tools.  There are literally hundreds of products available and they can be costly.

“Tap to Talk” is one of the coolest and fairly priced communication programs I’ve seen in a long time and it can run on a Nintendo! I would love to hear from anyone who has used it. From what I have read on their website (lots of raves from ASD parents) , it is an application currently available for Nintendo DS and personal computers. It can help a non-verbal child or adult communicate through  pictures (similar to PEC communication symbols) and you can customize the application from a library of more than 2,000 pictures, as well as adding your own. advertises their service for $99.95 per year, which would not include the cost of a Nintendo DS. According to their web page, the Nintendo DS-Lite costs about $129 and DSi about $169.

I think this device could be helpful to ASD children who are verbal as well. I know Zachary still responds much more quickly to picture symbols than words and we used some assistive technology when he was very young.

I am really excited to see if  Tap To Talk has any success with adults on the spectrum.

Post a comment if you or someone you know is using one of these!


1 Comment

  1. Phil Bookman said,

    February 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for the kind words and review. I hope you hear from some of our customers from all over the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia. You can also read what they have to say on our web site ( and Facebook page (

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