SpeakBook: A FREE low-tech eye gaze communication system

I just came across this low-tech communication book called Speakbook and thought it was really clever…It allows you to communicate with the assistance of a communication partner using only your eyes!

There is a short video demonstrating how Speakbook works. But basically, you write individualised phrases on each of the coloured strips on the page. Then the person with communication difficulties will look at the corner that the desired phrase is in, and then the colour of the dot that matches the colour of the strip that the desired phrase is in. The communication partner can then clarify the message of the user.

This type of strategy would be most suited to people with very limited motor control, such as people with motor neurone disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury.

Speakbook was developed by Patrick Joyce, who has motor neuron disease, and he wanted as many people as possible to be able to benefit from Speakbook. Perhaps best of all, you can download and print speakbook for personal, educational and non-commercial use for FREE!


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About Katie Lyon

Katie is a speech pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consultant who has been working with young children and adults with complex communication needs for the past 13 years. She has had worked in various roles including Coordinator of the Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme and Regional Communication Service in Victoria as part of the state-wide Communication Access Network. She has a keen interest in supporting families, teachers, direct support workers and therapists to access information about AAC and assistive technology through education and training. She currently works part-time with Spectronics and part-time with the Communication Resource Centre at Scope in Victoria.

2 Responses to SpeakBook: A FREE low-tech eye gaze communication system

  1. Sandra Callander says:

    I am interested in your book for a friend with Parkinsons Disease who is losing his oral communication skills.

    How can your Speakbook be bought and what is the cost?

    Thank you,


    • Katie says:

      Apologies for the delay in responding Sandra! The Speakbook is actually a free download so you can download it and make it up yourself – also has instructions for use and production. And just so you know, we didn’t develop it – the clever Patrick Joyce did – and even better, made it FREE to use.

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