Apps for AAC - Adding iPads to your AAC Toolkit Part 3


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Apps for AAC - Adding iPads to your AAC Toolkit Part 3

  1. 1. Apps for AACAdding iPads to your AAC ToolkitJane Farrall, Janelle Sampson and Kelly Moore
  2. 2. “Other” AAC apps—  Apps that fill a specific purpose—  Apps that offer people a solution for acommunication need—  Often used as part of an AAC system
  3. 3. TapSpeak Sequence—  Allows the user to build a sequence ofthings to say—  Great for:◦  Joke telling◦  Stories◦  Scripted situations e.g. Malkara canteen◦  Sequenced social scripts◦  School concerts◦  Giving a talk—  Direct access or switch access
  4. 4. Fat Cat Chat apps—  A range of apps focusing on conversation—  Some apps target a facet in AAC that some AAC users feel isa weakness for them e.g. Communication breakdowns—  Every app is designed to develop a conversation—  Check out:◦  Fat Cat Chat Repair◦  Fat Cat Outback Chat (for a laugh)◦  Fat Cat Snappy Chat◦  Fat Cat Pirate Action—  Direct access
  5. 5. Alexicom ElementsStory Maker—  Story telling is an important part ofcommunication—  It is estimated that a 5 years spends 11%of their day story telling.As we get older,the percentage increases.—  Story Maker lets the user tell stories withphotographs—  Direct access or switch access
  6. 6. GoTalk Now—  Has many other uses but has greatsupport for quickly constructing pageswith photos using recorded speech orsynthesised speech—  User can use the app to give directions,easily accompanied by photos if needed—  Pages can be arranged in a traditional gridformat or more as a visual scene display
  7. 7. GoTalk Now—  Visual scene displays are an alternativeway of organising vocabulary—  Have been shown to be successful withdifferent groups e.g.Young children withcerebral palsy, children with autismspectrum disorder, adults with severeaphasia—  GoTalk Now allows you to create visualscenes using your own photographs andalso create chat bars with symbols—  Direct access or switch access
  8. 8. iMovie—  For putting together custom movies for:—  News—  Concert items—  Educating carers—  Presentations—  And many other uses J
  9. 9. Accessibility Settings—  Guided Access ++++—  Speak Selection—  AssistiveTouch—  Home Click Speed—  VoiceOver
  10. 10. iPad accessories—  Covers—  Speakers—  Keyboards—  Stylii
  11. 11. Alternative Access—  Switch accessible apps—  Switch access throughVoiceOver—  Joystick access throughVoiceOver—  Bluetooth keyboard andVoiceOver
  12. 12. Selecting an appPicking and Choosing the best option
  13. 13. Access trumps communication—  Access is always a BIG consideration inchoosing a communication system—  Need to consider whether the system is aprimary or secondary system in decidingaccess
  14. 14. Vocabulary and Language System• A  good  comprehensive,  well  balanced  vocabulary  (for  primary  communica:on  system)  • Can  you  use  it  to  chat/model  –  range  of  vocabulary  for  varied  situa:ons  • Symbol  system  –  having  one  and  which  one  • ‘Predic:ve  selec:on’  in  English  word  order  or  not?  What  suits  the  individual?  • Message  display  op:ons  –  does  it  have  a  message  bar?  • Words  rather  than  full  messages  • Text  to  speech  op:ons  and  word  predic:on    
  15. 15. Ease of Use•  Can you add items in the moment – foruser and communication partner•  Ease of programming in general•  Ease of manipulating settings•  Recents or history function (pros andcons)•  Copy and Pasting from other applicationsand store text to button•  Tech support and communication with appdeveloper•  Ability to lock settings
  16. 16. Other things to consider—  Option for creative use – eg. Playingvideo, using photos, etc—  Varied layout options—  Sharing pages you have made with others—  Sending to other applications especiallysocial media for teens and adults—  Access to pictures/symbols (cameraversus photo library)—  Aussie voice and pronounciation options(text to speech)