In 2007, Glen Dobbs started his own company to manufacture and distribute the ProxTalker which he designed with his friend and colleague Kevin Miller. Glen and Kevin had the original idea to help Logan, Glen’s son who has autism, to achieve verbal output. Ideas that started on table napkins are now a fully fledged AAC device, accepted worldwide because of its ease of use and robust design. The ProxPAD is the latest addition to this product line.
The ProxTalker communication device is an exciting mid-tech device which uses RFID technology to retrieve vocabulary stored on sound tags to produce REAL words. Ideal for any picture exchange system user, of any age and is being used for communication or as a classroom tool.
Just pick a tag, place it on a button and press – the ProxTalker will say the appropriate word or sentence.
- Robust, water resistant and easy to use
- Portable in a backpack or wheelchair/wall mountable in binder format
- Light touch option for easier access
- Tags can be labelled with wide range of symbols, photos, text or objects of reference
- Large tags available to support visual impairment
- Easy access to vocabulary
- Speak All™ tag which enables sequence of tags to be played automatically
- Color coded pages for categorization of tags
- 5 location buttons allow single word or sentence level use
- Unique Programming Tags
- Easily adjustable volume
- Inbuilt microphone
- Sound tag can store up to 8 seconds of recording
- 1GB memory, (30,000 sound tags/1,000 minutes) powered by 4 x C Duracell batteries (minimum of 6 months battery life in use)
ProxTalker: STEPS Curriculum
The STEPS Curriculum focuses on a comprehensive approach to communication training with this edition tailored to use with the ProxTalker or ProxPAD. Basing itself in the ABLLS framework, this STEPS Curriculum works to provide the instructor with goals and activities meant to assist the instructor in working with any student who has limited or no visible language skills. This curriculum is designed so that teaching can occur in increments that are manageable and likely to result in meaningful, and permanent, gains for the student. This edition of the STEPS Curriculum uses the ProxTalker as its main medium of language support in its design of lessons and activities.
“It was such a great experience to share the multiple ways the ProxTalker and ProxPad can be shared into the classroom to address academic targets in addition to communication needs. We are currently using the ProxTalker to increase acquisition with receptive identification of letters, numbers, common objects and calendar materials.
We have found by attaching the RFID tags to our already made classroom materials, the students are able to gain a multi-sensory approach to learning by incorporating the use of a tangible object or material on the tag, using motor planning to move the tags onto the device and receiving auditory reinforcement from the voice output feature. This has allowed us to incorporate the natural process of language, using a motor movement and the production of auditory reinforcement into multiple aspects of learning.
We also have been incorporating the use of the tags to almost all of our materials in our ABA assessment kits that we use. This device has helped us to make more of an impact on student learning for our academic targets, receptive language targets, verbal behavior targets and communication exchange training.”
Jacqueline Sura, MS BCBA
STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism
The ProxTalker is used by a wide range of people with a variety of differing abilities. See some of them using the device in the gallery to the left.
Below is research which highlights how devices like the ProxTalker can help people.
ProxTalker: Label-Making App
The ProxTalker App allows you to create pages of labels, stored in books for easy access and organization. Use your own photos, images, clip art, and symbols to create labels that fit right on the sound tags.
For the classroom, you can create communication “books” with multiple “pages,” giving you resources for day-to-day activities. Quickly generate and print labels with real pictures to use around the school. Create label books for different AAC users and store them all in one place. The possibilities are endless!
The ProxTalker App can print pages directly to any AirPrint-compatible printer, or export a PDF so you can share or print on any home printer. ProxTalker dedicated sticker label sheets and laminates are available.
We offer a variety of accessories from carriers specifically designed for the device to stickers, laminates, tags and more. View the gallery of accessories on the left.
For children with limited hand function and/or visual impairment, using the ProxPAD choice maker in creative ways enables them to make meaningful choices and play.
- Touch or swipe tags on the ProxPAD to play your recorded vocabulary
- Large target area for message retrieval
- Easy to generate tags to match physical and visual abilities
- Use in the classroom or mount on wall for school environment use
- Incorporates many of the familiar ProxTalker communication device features