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A Guide to Single and Multi-Message Devices

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A3 sized PDF poster - revision 2.0, published 2021


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Simple battery-operated communication devices can be highly effective tools for creating communication and learning opportunities across the curriculum. This infographic highlights the key features of some simple single and multi-message devices. There is information on price, size, recording time, power source and features.

If you are looking for activity ideas which use single and multi-message devices, CALL has produced a poster and accompanying leaflet to help: 20 Ways to be Excellent (poster) and 20 Ways to be Excellent (leaflet).

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Single and multi-message talking buttons are fantastic tools to teach communication and social interaction skills across the curriculum.

Single button communication devices can be used as simple communication aids in a variety of learning and communication activities. Depending on the device, you can have up to two minutes of recording time. Multi-message button devices can be used to record a sequence of messages and depending on the device type, will play messages in order, randomly or by choice. This infograph lists a selection of devices which are sturdy enough to withstand daily classroom use!

All the devices are available in the UK from a range of suppliers at a variety of costs.

Device name Approximate cost (exc. VAT) Type of device Recording time How labels attach Power source Size and shape Features Additional features
Big Button £53 multi-message 10 level with 6-14 seconds Clear cap, labels slide underneath 2 x AAA batteries 8.3cm square button Label storage compartment at rear Function to edit parts of a sequenced message
BIGmack £79 single-message 2 minutes total Clear snap cap for labels 1 x 9v battery 12.7cm round button Port for an external switch Includes cable for controlling toys and appliances
Big Step-by-Step £121 multi-message 4 minutes total over 3 levels Clear snap cap for labels 1 x 9v battery 12.7cm round button Port for an external switch Includes cable for controlling toys and appliances
Big Talking Brix £204 single-message 10 seconds Clear cap, labels slide underneath rechargable 8.6cm round button Magnetic Pack of 3 which can be linked together
GoTalk One £12 single-message 10 seconds Label sit behind secure clear frame 2 x button batteries 8.3cm square button Light weight Useable with the 'GoTalk Talkbook Four' Vinyl Folder
LITTLEmack £79 single-message 2 minutes total Clear snap cap for labels 1 x 9v battery 6.3cm round button Port for an external switch Includes cable for controlling toys and appliances
Little Step-by-Step £121 multi-message 4 minutes total over 3 levels Clear snap cap for labels 1 x 9v battery 6.3cm round button Port for an external switch Includes cable for controlling toys and appliances
Little Step-by-Step Choice £149 multi-message 4 minutes total over 3 levels Clear snap cap for labels 1 x 9v battery 6.3cm round button Port for an external switch Includes cable for controlling toys and appliances
Smooth Talker £109 multi-message 8 minutes total Flip-up label holder Rechargable 12.5cm round button Port for an external switch Many message playback modes: random, conversational, Q&A and more
Talking Brix 2 £160 multi-message 10 level with 6-14 seconds Clear cap, labels slide underneath Rechargable 8.3cm square button Magnetic Pack of 3 which can be linked together

Make sure your devices are labelled with a symbol icon, photograph or tactile cue. Consistent labelling can help your learner understand the meaning of recorded messages. Buying a new device? Spend a little more and purchase a multi-message device to give you the flexibility to use it with one or more messages. Looking for activities and ideas which use single and multi-message devices? Download our "20 Ways to Be Excellent"

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