Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Top Apps for Cause & Effect Communication Part 1


We have a discussion on our Facebook Fan Page twice a day.  Margie had a question that resulted in a large list of apps for communication for a nonverbal child.  All of these are recommended by our wonderful followers.

Margie asked: "I have a wonderful son that is non verbal, with profound mental disability and I need a basic cause and effect app to help give him a basic form of communication starting with one word or very simple sentences. He can use hands but not his fingers. HELP?!"

The list of recommended apps by our readers are in no particular order.  Make sure you view the rest of this list here and in part 2 by clicking here.


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SoundingBoard by AbleNet

SoundingBoard is our most often recommended free app by our readers for speech.

From iTunes:
"SoundingBoard transforms your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into the latest in communication technology. In just minutes, you can create custom boards using AbleNet symbols or your own photos. Perfect for children in special education, persons on the autism spectrum, and adults with disabilities."
 
Free, iPad/iPhone

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Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare

Proloquo2Go is the most often recommended paid app by our readers for speech.  It helps individuals speak through pictures and typed text.

From iTunes:
"Proloquo2Go, an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution from AssistiveWare®, is for anyone who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a dedicated AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. SLPs, teachers, and parents recommend Proloquo2Go for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke, or traumatic brain injury."
 
$219.99, iPad/iPhone

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Verbal Victor by Apps for the Greater Good

From iTunes:
"Verbal Victor 2.0 is an assistive communication app for people and children with emerging communication needs and developmental delays. Following the design philosophy of the original version, Verbal Victor 2.0 allows teachers, parents and therapists to personalize the content of the app to user's needs using the built-in camera and microphone to create new buttons and sounds. Verbal Victor 2.0 allows the creation of categories and simplifies navigation between them."

$11.99, iPad/iPhone

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Talk Tablet by Gus Communcations

From iTunes:

"TalkTabletUS, with 6 US English ACAPELA voices (with children's voices) and 1 LA Spanish voice, is a fully-featured AAC speech solution for people who are unable to communicate clearly as a result of Autism, Aphasia, Down Syndrome, Stroke, Laryngectomy or other condition that adversely affects a persons ability to speak."
"TalkTabletUS uses a breakthrough interface design that simplifies button and page customizing, yet provides a wealth of features and flexibility not seen in current symbol based speech apps. Every button and every page (folder) in TalkTabletUS has its own settings, allowing different colors, fonts, page layouts and more on any button or page (folder).
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$89.99, iPad/iPhone
According to their iTunes posting, they give away 1 app a week to children with special needs.

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Speech Buttons by fishdog.net

From iTunes:
"This easy-to-use AAC and choice board app was designed by special needs teachers to help nonverbal kids participate in class. Users tap a button and the iOS device speaks the button text aloud in either a boy's or girl's voice. Screen choices include yes/no, alphabet, numbers, skip counting, opposites, bullying, getting dressed, using the bathroom, seasons, emotions, BINGO, sight words, body parts, animals."


$7.99, iPad/iPhone                  Free
             

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TapToTalk by Assistyx

From iTunes:
"Give a non-verbal child or adult a voice!

TapToTalk turns an iPhone™, iPad™ or iPod touch® into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. TapToTalk makes communication fun, like another “game” on this cool device. Just tap a picture and TapToTalk speaks. Each picture can lead to another screen of pictures."
Free, iPad/iPhone


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Heather S. is currently repeating to herself "I think I can.. I think I can.." in order to get through writing part 2.


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