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Communication4ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard (English/Sepedi) for Children and Adults in South Africa


Diane Nelson Bryen, Ph.D., Temple University

Priscillia Kershaw, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Being able to tell a trustworthy person that you have been physically or sexually assaulted or were a victim of another crime is one way to improve your personal safety.

Since communication is so important, we have developed two free downloadable communication aids in English/Sepedi – one for adults and one for children These aids can be used to "tell and be heard" by South Africans who have been victims of crime, abuse or neglect when spoken English or Sepedi may not effective.

We have researched words that are needed to tell and be heard in South Africa. This research will be published shortly.

Boardmaker symbols for DisabilitiesIf you are a person with a disability or someone who doesn't speak English or Sepedi that well these communication aids may help you.

Boardmaker symbols for DisabilitiesIf you are a person who does not hear well or read well these communication aids may help you too.

Boardmaker symbol for EmergencyIf you are a first responder or victim assistance professional, having these communication aids may improve your communication with

  • a person with a disability
  • someone who doesn't hear so well
  • someone who doesn't speak English or Sepedi well

In addition to the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard communication aids, read Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Needs Assistance.

I. Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard—Adult Communication Aid


GRAPHIC: caution symbolCaution: These communication aids have drawings of naked adult bodies so that communicators can point to where they may have been hurt. DO NOT download either communication aid if you are a child or someone who might use this for reasons other than helping someone to be able to "tell and be heard."

GRAPHIC: caution symbolCaution: Telling that you have been a victim of a crime or sexual or physical abuse may be traumatic. Be sure to have a victim abuse resource available to you in case there are signs of trauma.

GRAPHIC: caution symbolCaution: These communication aids are research-based ONLY for persons coming from the country of South Africa whose home language is either English of Sepedi. We do not recommend its use for other English-speaking populations.

Download English/Sepedi Adult Communication Aids

Adult Picture Board (PDF) | Adult Letter Board (PDF) | Directions for Downloading

This communication aid has pictures of important words for telling and being heard. It also has some important phrases in English and Sepedi. On the back is a Keyboard for an adult who can spell. On both sides there are drawings of the human body that can be used to point to where the person may have been hurt.

Individuals who need communication assistance can download this communication aid in English/Sepedi. Then it can be carried with you.

A first responder or victim assistance professional can also download the English/Sepedi Picture Communication Aid for Adults. You can keep it handy for anyone who needs communication assistance to tell and be heard.

In order to download the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and be Heard—Adult Communication Aid, follow these simple directions:

Directions for Downloading and Printing.

  1. Click on the picture board links above, and if you have Adobe Reader, a 2-page PDF will be downloaded to your computer. (Get Adobe reader for PDFIf you do not have Adobe Reader, you should download it now).
  2. You will note that the PDF has 2 pages—one with the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard—Pictures and one with the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard—Alphabet Keyboard. The size of both pages is 8 1/2 by 14 inches. In order to print it out you will need to have a printer and printer paper that can handle this size PDF.
  3. If you do not have a printer and the right size paper for printout, you have two options:
    1. Reduce the size of the PDF and print it on regular size paper, or
    2. Take the electronic file to a printing store for printing on larger size paper.
  4. Once you have printed the 2 pages, paste them back-to-back. You can also put them in a plastic page sleeve or file folder.
    1. Carry the Carry the Communication 4 ALL—Your Can Tell and be Heard Communication Aid for Adults with you at all times. You never know when you will need it!

In addition to the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard Communication Aids, read Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Needs Assistance.

II. Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard—Child Communication Aid


GRAPHIC: caution symbolCaution: These communication aids have drawings of naked children's bodies so that communicators can point to where they may have been hurt. DO NOT download either communication aid if you are a child or someone who might use this for reasons other than helping someone to be able to "tell and be heard."

GRAPHIC: caution symbolCaution: Telling that you have been a victim of a crime or sexual or physical abuse may be traumatic for the child. Be sure to have a child victim abuse resource available to you in case there are signs of trauma.

GRAPHIC: caution symbolCaution: These communication aids are research-based ONLY for persons coming from the country of South Africa whose home language is either English or Sepedi. We do not recommend its use for other English-speaking populations.

Download English/Sepedi Child Communication Aids

Child Picture Board (PDF) | Child Letter Board (PDF) | Directions for Downloading

This communication aid has pictures of important words for telling and being heard. It also has some important phrases in English and Sepedi. On the back is a Keyboard for a child who can spell. On both sides there are drawings of a child's naked body that can be used to point to where the person may have been hurt.

A first responder or victim assistance professional can also download the English/Sepedi Picture Communication Aid for Children. You can keep it handy for anyone who needs communication assistance to tell and be heard.

In order to download the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and be Heard—Child Communication Aid, follow these simple directions:

Directions for Downloading and Printing.

  1. Click on the picture board links above, and if you have Adobe Reader, a 2-page PDF will be downloaded to your computer. (Get Adobe reader for PDFIf you do not have Adobe Reader, you should download it now).
  2. You will note that the PDF has 2 pages—one with the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard—Pictures for Children and one with the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard—Alphabet Keyboard for Children. The size of both pages is 8 1/2 by 14 inches. In order to print it out you will need to have a printer and printer paper that can handle this size PDF.
  3. If you do not have a printer and the right size paper for printout, you have two options:
    1. Reduce the size of the PDF and print it on regular size paper, or
    2. Take the electronic file to a printing store for printing on larger size paper.
  4. Once you have printed the 2 pages, paste them back-to-back. You can also put them in a plastic page sleeve or file folder.
    1. Carry the Carry the Communication 4 ALL—Your Can Tell and be Heard Communication Aid for Adults with you at all times. You never know when you will need it!

In addition to the Communication 4 ALL: You Can Tell and Be Heard Communication Aid for Children, read Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Needs Assistance.