A Minspeak® system is a way of representing language through icons.
A Minspeak® system replaces barriers to language via a unique system of pictures, called icons.
If you show people a picture of something simple, like an apple, they will naturally associate more than one idea with that picture.
People usually say the most obvious idea first – “apple” – but then they start associating more ideas – “fruit,” “red,” “eat,” “bite,” and “hungry.”
Minspeak systems take advantage of this natural tendency by using a small set of pictures to represent a large number of words in a communication device.
A Minspeak® system is an effective and efficient language representation method that promotes independent communication.
With a small number of icons, a person using a Minspeak system can independently communicate a large vocabulary without having to spell or to learn and navigate through a large set of pictures.
Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series
“PALSS” provides the help you need to support language development with children and adults using Minspeak systems.
Lindsey Paden Cargill, MA, CCC-SLP
Darlette Navrotski, MA, CCC-SLP and Debbie Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP
Maureen Casey, MA, BA (Hons), ACE (Incl), DSE (Re), DE (JP)
Only God Could Hear Me
Starring and narrated by Chris Klein and Jennifer Lowe, ‘Only God Could Hear Me’ offers a portrait of the lives and souls of ‘non-speakers,’ looking beyond just how they communicate, into why they are driven to do so.
How Minspeak® Allows for Independent Communication by Giving Anyone Access to Core Vocabulary
In order to understand how Minspeak® allows for independent communication, it is important to understand what is meant by core vocabulary and how everyone uses it, no matter their age or activity.