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.
Tracy Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP
Ellyn McNamara, MS, CCC-SLP and Holly Delgado, MA, CCC-SLP
Darlette Navrotski, MA, CCC-SLP and Debbie Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP
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.