Use picture cards and recordings for speech.

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What are cards?

Cards are the base components of Upcard! Think of them as a common visual vocabulary between you and your child. Every part of the app either uses cards directly or refers to them in some way, so yup, they’re pretty integral :)

Each card consists of an image, text, and a sound. They can be used as a piece of verbal communication, to add steps to plans, or used in a logbook entry. 

You’ll also be able to see the way each card is used and how often they’re used, allowing you to track progress over time.

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Adding cards

Adding a card takes just seconds. Add images from your photo album, take a photo with your device’s camera, or use one of our built-in icons. Cards are categorised in two different ways: as Categories and Sections.



Categories are basically the theme of each card; they define what the card is used for – such as Food, Activities, or Mood. Only one category can be assigned per card. This makes it a lot easier to group and track each card according to its specific use.

For each category, there’s an associated unit which helps you visualise all the recorded data referenced to that card, making it easy to understand.

For example: a category defined as an 'Object' could be broken down into units called 'Pieces' or 'Repetitions'.


Sections tell Upcard how you want to use a card when speaking. They’re the building blocks of Upcard’s basic sentence structure: 'Section 1' + 'Section 2' + 'Section 3'

To give an example, sections could be structured as: 'Action word' + 'Attribute word' + 'Object word' – such as  'I want' + 'One' + 'Apple'

If a sentence consists of less than three cards, Upcard will format them as one or two sections: such as 'I want' + 'Apple' or just 'Apple'

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Included icons

Upcard has a library of images especially designed to be used in small formats. And it’s quick and easy to do – adding a card takes seconds. No more Googling crummy clip art images or printing, cutting, and laminating bits of cardboard!


Recorded sounds 

It’s easier for kids to learn from a voice they know, so we’ve made it possible for you to record sounds yourself and add them to cards. That way they hear the same sound each time, without any subtle changes that people on the spectrum have a hard time adjusting to.