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Posted on December 12, 2023

Sufina tries the latest generation Talk Pad

32-year-old Sufina from Birmingham was one of the first people to try the latest generation Talk Pad communication aid.

Sufina has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. She lives with her family and until recently, her main form of communication has been Makaton sign language. This has been a great way for her to communicate with those closest to her, however when she is out and about and wants to talk to people who don’t understand sign language, it presents a barrier to her communication and independence.

The Smartbox team visited Sufina in August 2023 to try Talk Pad, our newest lightweight communication aid. She took to the device immediately and found the technology intuitive.

After choosing a voice that she identified with and getting familiar with the software, Sufina was chatting away with her sisters. Her family were delighted to see her engage with the technology so quickly and loved the option to add Punjabi words into Super Core, the symbol communication vocabulary Sufina is using on the device.

Super Core symbol vocabulary

Out and about with Talk Pad

During the visit with Smartbox, Sufina, her family and her speech therapist Emily, visited a local café, where she used her new voice to order drinks and cakes for everyone.


“As Sufina’s SLT I have seen and heard the struggles she has had attempting to communicate whilst in the community, this has often resulted in her relying on her family members to speak on her behalf.

Having a communication device like this, has and will continue to provide Sufina with the opportunities for independence that every young woman should have.”

Emily Piggott, Speech & Language Therapist for Adults with Learning Disabilities


Sufina meets Joe McElderry

Since getting her Talk Pad Sufina has been using her device every day! More recently she took her Talk Pad to a meet and greet with Joe McElderry (2009 X Factor winner), where she told him she liked his song ‘The Climb’ and he sang it to her.

Sufina talking to Joe McElderry

The latest Talk Pad

Talk Pad is available in two sizes and has been designed for anyone who needs portable and durable communication on-the-go.

This includes users with Autism, early MND / ALS, Cerebral Palsy, learning difficulties, Stroke,  Aphasia, and other conditions that affect speech.

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