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Recordable Buttons


Share a message without using your voice


About Recordable Buttons 


Recordable buttons are a type of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. They can help people communicate when talking is difficult. They can be used to support learning cause and effect, and to show the power of communication! Recordable buttons might also be used to record verbal reminders or step-by-step instructions for someone.

Someone can record their voice on the device. This voice recording will speak when the button is activated. It can be activated by pressing down on the surface or by using a connected switch.

What kinds of recordable buttons are there?

Recordable buttons come in many different styles. Some only play back a message; others can also be used as an activation switch for a connected toy.

Single Message

Examples of a single button with one recordable message include:

Multiple Buttons

Some devices have multiple, connected buttons that each say a single message. Examples include:

Step Levels

There are also devices where several messages can be recorded and played back in a certain order. These are called step levels. Examples include:

  • BIG Step-by-Step and LITTLE Step-by-Step from AbleNet
  • Mini-Com Sequencer and Small Talk Sequencer (with Levels) from Enabling Devices


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


mid-tech AAC, recordable switches, talking button, AAC switches


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?