Making Language Visible

Symbol-It™ turns any iOS device into a speech-to-symbol translator by using the leading AAC symbol systems. Never before has it been possible to translate verbal speech to picture symbols at the speed of conversation.

We have sign language translators that provide a way for the signer to be able to learn sign language within their natural environment, but to date we have not had a way to speak in picture symbols in real time, in complete sentences, in all environments, for all different reasons, by all communication partners… until Symbol-It!

Symbol-It was designed to give you, the communication partner, a way to make language visible while engaging your symbol speaker. You speak verbally AND in picture symbols simultaneously so that the developing communicator sees the symbols and hears your speech simultaneously.

Symbol-It is changing the conversation when it comes to AAC, putting a solution for speaking in picture symbols directly into the hands of families, friends, and therapists to better communicate with the symbol speakers in their lives. For the development of language in AAC, Symbol-It is an essential tool. When the goal is to immerse your symbol speaker to improve language outcomes, then the solution is to Symbol-It.

Symbol Display options allow for the display to be customized to the needs of the symbol speaker. These include:
• Symbol Size - choose between small, medium, large, and extra large symbol sizes and adjust the spacing between symbols to adjust readability
• Show Words - display text for words that do not have a symbol in a particular symbol system
• Color Coding - visually distinguish the parts of speech using the Modified Fitzgerald color coding system

Symbol System options include the industry leaders, including:
• LAMP Words for Life® and UNITY® by Semantic Compaction/Prentke Romich
• SymbolStix®
• Smarty Symbols™

Align the symbol system to match your symbol speaker’s speech generating device symbols and/or classroom curriculum symbols. Each symbol system includes many vocabulary levels. Consider using the full version of the symbol system for the greatest representation of speech in symbols.

Download Symbol-It today to discover how simple speaking in symbols is!

What’s New

Version 3.1.1

This version includes several minor performance enhancements to ensure that your symboling is as smooth as possible.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Jmcwey ,

Fantastic app

This is fantastic app. I would like to request, though, having Symbolstix added to the symbol system choices. This is what is used in the ULS/N2Y curriculum. Also, it is what is used in Novachat and Touchchat. These are the AAC devices my students use. It would be much better if the symbol system used in this app matched their curriculum and devices.

Developer Response ,

Hi Jmcwey!

Thanks for the kind words! We’re currently working on acquiring the rights to add SymbolStix to Symbol-It. Stay tuned and we should have more to share in the weeks to come 💫

alvie ,

Not Modeling

This is not actually aided language immersion and modeling with AAC, which is done on a device and through using a system alongside students. There is a huge misrepresentation of aided language, as well as flat out encouraging shortcuts (why learn a device when you can do this?) that are unhelpful to our students. I worry that pushing this app as a modeling tool will detract from the actual modeling that needs to happen all day every day.

On top of that, the speech recognition often misses words or misunderstands them. It will put a whole list of prepositions but miss the key word, like pick up. I understand speaking into a phone might be faster than logging on to the computer to make a visual but being able to accurately choose the image (e.g., a picture of someone putting away toys rather than an image of the word clean and the word up) is essential if this were to be used as a visual support.

Alexisg0919 ,

AMAZING Resource!

Working as a speech-language pathologist in the school setting, I can say that this app is amazing!!! I just downloaded it to every device I have and can’t stop thinking of ways to use it to model, create carrier phrases, make quick symbols to go along with a book or activity, get families to communicate with each other more accessibly, etc. This app is extremely easy to use and I can’t wait to add it to the list of tools I have. Thank you for creating something that is so user friendly and will help so many!

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