Turn the words
 you say... into pictures

 

The See What I Mean app is a speech to image communication tool for those of us living with dementia.

What is it?

“Lynda as a child”

Using images to communicate

For those of us living with dementia, words can become hard to understand whereas images can hold more meaning. See What I Mean is a digital communication tool that displays the words you say as images. Its goal is to encourage engagement and conversation in older people living with dementia, families, friends and carers.

How it Helps.

“The pictures definitely enhanced memories and inspired lots of stories”
- Staff member - Jewish Care
“A wonderful tool for reminiscence”
- Staff member - Jewish Care
Communication

It can help to prevent communication breakdown on many levels by reconnecting words said to the ‘correct’ or intended meaning through its main ‘speech to image’ feature.

Conversation

It helps conversation by making it simple to access relevant visual material that can encourage conversation and make it easier to engage with.

Person Centred

It can save images to create a unique collection relevant to an individual’s life experience or interests, building a collection of images that can be referred back to that become especially important as dementia progresses.

Get the App for iPad

App Versions.

Lite.

Its main features are speech to image communication and Favouriting. It has access to millions of images and allows you to save any favourite images you discover, helping to build a diverse collection of images that have personal value.

Millions of Images Getty, Google and Flickr CC

Favourites Save your favourite images

Time Period Search Look for images from the past

Slide Show Watch a slideshow of your favourite images

Personal.

This version is designed to be personalised. It allows you to easily upload your own images and connect existing image accounts. Photographing, uploading and tagging photos is made easy and helps build a visual language that’s unique to an individual whilst creating talking points during contact time for friends, family and carers. The app for iPad comes with a iPhone app so images can be taken and uploaded to an account remotely.

Personal Images Add your own personal image accounts - Flickr, Instagram.

iPhone App Upload photos remotely

Captions to images

Language options

Photo Messaging

Millions of Images Getty, Google and Flickr CC

Care.

This version of the See What I Mean ipad app is specifically for use within care, ranging from home care to residential. The features that make up this version are designed to meet the needs of people using it in this setting. The care version is currently being developed in collaboration with people living with dementia at Jewish Care.

If you would like to find out more about the Care version contact us here

Advisors.

Nada Savitch
Co-Director
Innovations in Dementia

Nada has a background in information work and worked as website manager for the Alzheimer’s Society for almost six years. During this time she provided support and training to groups of people with dementia who were interested in using computers. She also worked on a consultation basis with people with dementia to design websites and to develop new and accessible computer software.

Jo Harrington
Partner
Innovation Unit

Joseph has experience working as a service design consultant across the public sector; leading projects from social research with vulnerable groups to transformation work at the service delivery, strategic, organisational and policy levels. Before joining the Innovation Unit, he was leading public sector work at Engine Service Design and running a programme of work to develop ethical practice in service design for the consultancy Uscreates.

Tim Lloyd Yeates
Director
Alive!

Tim founded and directs Alive! a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people in care. He is passionate about empowering older people, especially those now living in residential care and is campaigning for care home residents to have access to their interests, access to activities and a guaranteed rich quality of life. He is also the acknowledged innovator of using iPads with people with dementia and co-founded the Memory Apps for Dementia partnership in 2010.

Nada Savitch
Co-Director
Innovations in Dementia

Nada has a background in information work and worked as website manager for the Alzheimer’s Society for almost six years. During this time she provided support and training to groups of people with dementia who were interested in using computers. She also worked on a consultation basis with people with dementia to design websites and to develop new and accessible computer software.

Jo Harrington
Partner
Innovation Unit

Joseph has experience working as a service design consultant across the public sector; leading projects from social research with vulnerable groups to transformation work at the service delivery, strategic, organisational and policy levels. Before joining the Innovation Unit, he was leading public sector work at Engine Service Design and running a programme of work to develop ethical practice in service design for the consultancy Uscreates.

Tim Lloyd Yeates
Director
Alive!

Tim founded and directs Alive! a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people in care. He is passionate about empowering older people, especially those now living in residential care and is campaigning for care home residents to have access to their interests, access to activities and a guaranteed rich quality of life. He is also the acknowledged innovator of using iPads with people with dementia and co-founded the Memory Apps for Dementia partnership in 2010.

Partners.

Supporters.