About Us

head-shot-2021.jpgSay it with Symbols is a mission-driven, small business advocating to improve the care and quality of life of adults with speech loss, and their caregivers.

I'm Randi Sargent, caregiver/guardian, mom, daughter and advocate for loved ones who can't speak for themselves. Everyone deserves the right to have the say in their care. Unfortunately, many nonspeaking adults don't get that choice.

Each year, more than 100,000 adults in the US develop aphasia after a stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumor, infection, dementia, or other neurodegenerative disease such as ALS. In addition, adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism may live with life-long speech challenges. Some speech loss is temporary, some recover, some never develop speech. But they all deserve to have a say in their care.

Say it with Symbols is dedicated to helping nonspeaking adults communicate their needs when words won't work. We create picture-based augmentative communication aids (AAC) that make it easy for people to communicate their needs. Printed communication boards help patients advocate for their needs and make life a bit easier for caregivers. I've created products that are easy for caregivers to use, require no-technology and don't look like a medical device. We can do better than charades!

Communicating is Caring

When our beautiful son was born with severe communication and intellectual disabilities, we pursued many specialized programs for him, but he never developed the ability to speak, read, write or walk independently. When he became an adult, I still worry about how he would communicate to his many caregivers that he was uncomfortable, bored or wanted to switch activities. Would his caregivers know how to use his high tech AAC communication device? 

When my son was in school, we were extremely fortunate to have had support from many dedicated special educators, speech pathologists and occupational therapists. From them, we learned how to use pictures to support my son's understanding, choices and communication. We learned to use picture-based supports and augmentative alternative communication (AAC) aids, low tech to high tech to enable my son to communicate. As he aged out of school, we found there were no easy-to-access communication boards available that addressed grown-up situations.

From that knowledge and lived experience, Say it with Symbols was born in 2018. is the only resource dedicated to taking the guesswork out of caring for adults with cognitive/communication challenges with pre-made, easy-to-use, no tech, adult-appropriate picture communication books and boards that can be used safely in any care setting. Read my entrepreneurship story here.

Using Pictures to Empower Independence

Caregivers live with constant guilt that are are not doing enough to help their dependent loved one. How will I learn to communicate with and support my loved one who needs my help with everything? How can I reduce my loved one's frustration and my own?

Our no-tech, easy to use picture communication boards and books are uniquely designed to support functional independence for adults based on best practices and academic research. Our products include adult-appropriate illustrations appropriate for adult daily living. We offer many pre-made picture communication books and boards to enable adults to voice a choice in their personal and health care. Our products have been field tested  - and improved -  by caregivers trying to communicate with their nonverbal loved ones.

And because we know that your need is urgent, we ship our products same or next day, six days a week. Express shipping is available at check out. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can try our communication aids to make sure it's a good option for your loved one or patient.

Communication is a Human Right 

Thankfully, person-centered planning is becoming more common in care centers. Alongside other aspects of daily living, it implies that care should be based on personal choice, not just the options available or convenient at the day program, hospital or residence. Everyone has the right to make choices. Join me on this journey to give people with complex communication and cognitive challenges a way to voice a choice in their personal and health care. 

To learn if your loved one would benefit from an augmentative communication aids (AAC) device, consult with a licensed speech and language pathologist/AAC Specialist, occupational therapist or other assistive technology professional for an evaluation and on-going clinical treatment. 

Please free to email me for recommendations on specific products, to share your story, or request a speaking or training session. I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

Thank you for being a proactive caregiver,
Randi Sargent

Caregiver |  Author |  Advocate
Giving Greetings Publishing

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Selected products also available on Amazon, Etsy, Teachers Pay Teachers