Education Featured Article
June 10, 2011
ENEA Developing TAKK Application for Swedish Sign Language Publisher Bam SPR�KTEKNIK
By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor
Enea (News - Alert), a global software and services company focused on solutions for communication-driven products has teamed up with Bam SPRÅKTEKNIK to help the sign language publishing company to publish a book based on TAKK method and helping it develop a Smartphone app dealing with this method.
Tecken som Alternativ och Kompletterande Kommunikation (TAKK), or Signing as Alternative and Supplementary Communication, is a method designed for children with language difficulties. This alternative method of communication can also be employed on young people and adults whose speech and/or language development is abnormal or delayed. The method involves signing key words in a discussion while saying them at the same time.
According to a press release, Bam SPRÅKTEKNIK, a renowned publisher of a dictionary of sign language and other therapy materials for speech, language and communication, is publishing a book based on TAKK method, titled Teckenkommunikation GRUNDORDBOK, or BASIC DICTIONARY of Sign Language.
The book, according to the publisher, obtained approval of many county councils as an aid for face-to-face communication. This book is being exclusively written for the parents who have children with these problems. The speech therapists training parents on TAKK methods are expected to sell the book to the parents.
ENEA Experts in Stockholm have been working with Bam SPRÅKTEKNIK to develop a Smartphone app based entirely on the Basic Dictionary. The book and the app contain more than 1,500 terms, which are displayed by the app in alphabetical order or by category, and it also has other basic functions which make it very easy to scroll through the terms.
“The biggest advantage of the application is that it’s a tool which you can carry anywhere and which helps you to communicate with your children in everyday situations. Flipping through a book is hard sometimes; if you’re out and about, for example, or when you’re on the bus. This is probably when people will find the app most useful,” authorized speech therapist at Bam SPRÅKTEKNIK, Barbro Magnusson, noted in a statement.
The app, which is currently available exclusively for Android-based phones, can be downloaded from Android Market. The iPhone (News - Alert) version will also be available soon, according to ENEA officials.
Last month, ENEA announced that its latest smartphone app developed for the City of Malmö became a hot favorite with the city dwellers. The app reportedly includes places in the city environment which people might find useful and fun. It includes dog walk areas, public restrooms and the 20 or so themed playgrounds in Malmö, with unique and specially built attractions. The app also includes all the jobs available in the City of
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Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by John Lahtinen
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