Bottom Line: My son has autism and for his first five or six years he had limited speech language so we worked with several AAC apps trying to find the one that he wanted to work with. After finding a good match, we did a summer of intense AAC training and by the time school started again, thanks to AAC, he had gained enough speech language to only need the support occasionally. Today, at age nine, he can express himself in full sentences. AAC use should be available to all families who feel the need for it and when I come across an AAC program that is customizable, with many features and has not only affordable choices for payment but a wonderful two-month free trial, I'm in the fan club. If you would like to download this app, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the links provided below:
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In addition to all of the custom features, CoughDrop is available across multiple devices with the use of a username and password. After a two-month free trial, users can subscribe for $6 a month or a $200 one-time purchase. I love the options of trying, then subscribing and the free trial plus $6 a month would have been perfect for my son and I as we shopped around spending a good chuck of money searching for the right fit. A Therapist/Parent/Supporter option is available for free to folks supporting a communicator and a license can be gifted to there support people for $50.
The app and website are cleanly designed and easy to navigate. I encountered no issues with syncing boards between devices or tweaking layouts. The software can be set to always open directly to speak mode, which is the chosen home board or users can visit the main page where reports on word usage, messages and even quick assessments can be logged. To put it plainly, this app has what you're looking for at a good price-point for this technology. Highly recommended.