The Speak function in Upcard is based on PECS – which in its' basic form uses pictures to kickstart your child’s vocabulary; laying the foundations for sentence structure, and even reading. Upcard recreates these pictures in card form using a combination of images and text (two text fields for bilingual families), which can be organised into categories and sections.
- Categories help to group cards and diary entries, so that they can be easily filtered and found.
- Sections relate to the cards’ functional property, such as an object, action, or an attribute.
To get you started on the Speak cards, we’ve put together a few tips:
- Start with one card. At first things might seem a bit confusing for your little one, so begin with something that they love, like a game that has an 'end' to it (for our little guy it was blowing bubbles).
- To use the app’s Speak feature, all they need to do is press their avatar on the home screen.
- Let them scroll to the card (either left or right), hand you back the device, and press on the card. As they do that, you repeat the text on the card back to them clearly and on it’s own (not using any other words along side it).
- Then immediately give them what they asked for! The sooner the better after they have showed you the card, since they have to connect the image that is on the card of the object/action to the actual object/action. This might take a lot of practise, so be patient.
- Once they’ve grasped the concept, start adding more object cards. And once they’ve mastered the fact that many cards mean different things, add in more sections.
But take it slowly, try to be as clear as possible, and most of all - have fun with it! If you have any questions, or you’ve got any tips of your own, feel free contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking the chat bubble in the bottom of the page.
Note! Upcard supports the PECS system and we recommend that you have had prior training before using the Speak functionality in Upcard.