Just the Apps:
Free, inexpensive, full-featured
communication apps for iPad
Gwendolyn Meier, MA, CCC-SLP, MT-BC
Speech Lan...
Currently over 100 iPad apps designed to
be communication tools
Variety of levels of complexity and co$t
Decision-making:
...
AAC Evaluation
• Is essential
• Must be conducted by a
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
experienced in augmentative and
a...
AAC Evaluation will determine:
• Current communication skills and needs
• Language stage & literacy development
• Symbol/i...
The iPad is not a fit for everyone
Play on the iPad may not necessarily lead
to communication skills
Included here - Info on apps for...
• Building finger isolation and pointing skills
Apps for Building Pointing Skills
• Toddler Counting ($0.99)**
• Starfall ABCs ($2.99)**
• Stop and Go (FREE; $0.99)
• Whe...
Toddler Counting
Starfall ABCs
Early Language Stages
1. One word at a time
2. Two- and three-word phrases
3. Building phrases and early sentences
4. Lear...
Early Non-Verbal Language Stages
1. One word/picture card/button at a time
2. Two- and three-word/picture/button phrases
3...
Language Stage 1
1. One word at a time: In autism, largely
Cause-and-Effect
2. Two- and three-word phrases
3. Building phr...
Stage 1 EARLY Goal - In Autism
One-word/One-button Requesting for
preferred items or actions
• Builds“buy-in”
• Adds pay-o...
Stage 1 EARLY Goal - In Autism
App features to look for at this Stage
include...
• Small set of whole-message buttons
• Di...
Apps for Language Stage 1
REQUESTING
• Answers:YesNo
• Sounding Board
• Picture Card Maker
Apps for EARLY Language Stage 1
Answers:YesNo (FREE and $1.99)
• Technically an iPhone app, works great on iPad ($3.99
for...
AnswersHD (FREE, $1.99)
AnswersHD (FREE, $1.99)
AnswersHD - FAVORITES
AnswersHD - FAVORITES
AnswersHD - FAVORITES
Traditional SGD vs.App
Big Mack Button ($117+)
iTalk2 ($150+)
Answers:YesNo ($1.99)
Lacks the feedback of
an actual push b...
Apps for Language Stage 1
Sounding Board (FREE) iPhone/iPod app, works on iPad
• Choice/Phrase boards - Single word/button...
Sounding Board (Requests)
Field of 1 up to 16 now (newer version than pictured)
Sounding Board (FREE)
Sounding Board (FREE)
Sounding Board (FREE)
Sounding Board (FREE)
Recess choices
Work Phrases, with link to Break choices
Apps for Language Stage 1
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
• Choice boards - Single button messages, enlarges on selection...
Requests in blow-up
view, swipe to scroll
Requests in expanded
view, 16 max
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
There are 3 important
items on this Home screen
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
1.
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
2. 3.
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
4. 5.
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
PicCard Maker (FREE; $5.99)
• Request preferred
PicCard Maker (FREE; $5.99)
One-button
Requests at work
Traditional SGD vs.Apps
Sounding Board (FREE)*
PicCard Maker (FREE; $5.99)*
GoTalk ($157-229)
Communication Builder ($254....
Stage 1 Goals - In Autism
Moving Beyond Choice-Making
1. One word at a time: Greetings,
Comments, Sharing Opinions
(Model ...
AnswersHD ($1.99)
“Do you
want
to dance”
“You look
nice”
Stage 1 Goals - In Autism
Greetings, Comments, Sharing Opinions
Static board or single page in Full Featured app,
TouchChatHD ($149.99)
Stage 1 Goals - In Autism
Arts & Crafts - Requests, Comments, Sharing
Opinions
Stage 1 Goals - In Autism
Book Reading - Requests, Comments, Directions
Work Phrases, with link to Break choices
Language Stage 2
1. One word at a time
2. Two- and three-word/button
phrases
3. Building phrases and early sentences
4. Le...
Stage 2 Goals - In Autism
Elaborated requests: “I want” + item, “More” +
item/activity
Directing other’s actions, core voc...
FREE Apps for Language Stage 2
2-Button Phrases
• Sounding Board (FREE)
• Picture Card Maker (FREE)
Sounding Board (FREE)
- Link between pages
Sounding Board (FREE)
- Link between pages
Sounding Board (FREE)
- Link between pages
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
Sentence Strip
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
Picture Card Maker (FREE)
Picture Card Maker (FREE)
Creating phrases from a single page in
Full Featured TouchChatHD ($149.99)
Traditional SGD vs.App
Communication Builder
8 and up
GoTalk 9+ and up
($195-250)
Sounding Board
Picture Card Maker
(FREE-...
Multi-Word Language Stages
1. One word at a time
2. Two- and three-word phrases
3. Building phrases and early sentences
4....
Multi-Word Language Stages
1. One word at a time
2. Two- and three-word phrases
3. Building phrases and early sentences
4....
Stage 3+ Goals
Beyond 3-word phrases...
• Visual sentence strip or message window
• Useful for the learner
• Useful for th...
Stage 3 Goals - In Autism
Adding verbs and adjectives to requests:
I want + to go + to recess
Describing phrases: Agent+Ac...
Full-Featured
Communication
- Expanded, Word-based Vocabulary
- Variety of Phrase Types
- Multi-Word Language Construction...
Full-Featured Communication
for Multi-Word Language Stages
Traditional Devices
• DynaVox - M3, V, Maestro,
Xpress
• Prentk...
Full-Featured Traditional CO$T
Traditional Devices
• DynaVox - M3, V, Maestro,
Xpress ($4,000-8,000)
• Prentke Romich Co. ...
Full-Featured iPad CO$T
Traditional Devices
• DynaVox - M3, V, Maestro,
Xpress ($4,000-8,000)
• Prentke Romich Co. -
Vanta...
Apps for Stages 3, 4, 5
• ProLoQuo2Go
• $189.99
• The first, not necessarily the best
• Easy to create a button
• Does not ...
3 columns
6 columns
4
8 columns
12 columns also
available...
Proloquo screen shots
ProLoQuo2Go 2.0
IndividualizedVocab Built From Scratch
Comments Greetings
Let’s Go Work
Campus Store Script
Proloquo Button Actions new in 2.0
TouchChat Family of Apps
Variety of pre-programmed
vocabularies
TouchChat HD - AAC
TouchChat HD - AAC:
Visual Scene
Display
Read more on how it’s done:
scaacn.blogspot.com
TouchChatHD - Starter Vocabularies
• MultiChat 15
• Adolescent
• Adult
• Student
• Primary Landscape
• Primary Portrait
• ...
Custom button
size and color
Custom to replicate Gateway 40
Custom to mimic a GoTalk 4+
button arrangement
TouchChat HD AAC
TouchChat HD AAC
Customized early page layouts
Use only the area of the screen that is accessible to the user
TouchChat HD AAC - Customization
TouchChat HD AAC - Hide Feature
TouchChat HD AAC
TouchChatHD
Wide Variety
of Button
Actions
TouchChat HD will play a video from your iPad camera roll
Linking using the Navigate action helps students to be
successfu...
TouchChat
TouchChat HD AAC
- FREE iShare account (1 year life per
• Monthly email blast - write to join
socalaacnetwork@gmail.com
• Blog - www.scaacn.blogspot.com
Updated weekly with AAC-r...
Thank you!
Gwendolyn Meier
Villa Esperanza Services
gmeier@villaesperanzaservices.org
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  1. 1. Just the Apps: Free, inexpensive, full-featured communication apps for iPad Gwendolyn Meier, MA, CCC-SLP, MT-BC Speech Language Pathologist, Music Therapist Villa Esperanza Services Pasadena, CA
  2. 2. Currently over 100 iPad apps designed to be communication tools Variety of levels of complexity and co$t Decision-making: Speech Language Pathologists, special educators, and parents ALL need guidance App Explosion
  3. 3. AAC Evaluation • Is essential • Must be conducted by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) experienced in augmentative and alternative communication
  4. 4. AAC Evaluation will determine: • Current communication skills and needs • Language stage & literacy development • Symbol/icon familiarity - Present ability to visually discriminate between symbols and locations - (NOT necessarily a prerequisite for using symbol-based systems) • Physical access - Motor ability to point to, give, push a button, turn page, look at, other? • Categorization and Memory - Cognitive ability to find stored vocabulary needed for expression • Trial period • Recommendation of an appropriate communication system - Picture cards, choice boards, buttons, screens, etc.
  5. 5. The iPad is not a fit for everyone Play on the iPad may not necessarily lead to communication skills
  6. 6. Included here - Info on apps for... • Building finger isolation and pointing skills
  7. 7. Apps for Building Pointing Skills • Toddler Counting ($0.99)** • Starfall ABCs ($2.99)** • Stop and Go (FREE; $0.99) • Wheels On The Bus ($1.99) • Garbage Truck ($0.99) • Preschool Toddler Teasers (FREE) Toy Box game • Injini Lite (FREE) Farm game, chick
  8. 8. Toddler Counting
  9. 9. Starfall ABCs
  10. 10. Early Language Stages 1. One word at a time 2. Two- and three-word phrases 3. Building phrases and early sentences 4. Learning grammar and sentence structure 5. Sentences with more grammatical endings Translate to....
  11. 11. Early Non-Verbal Language Stages 1. One word/picture card/button at a time 2. Two- and three-word/picture/button phrases 3. Building phrases and early sentences 4. Learning grammar and sentence structure 5. Sentences with more grammatical endings
  12. 12. Language Stage 1 1. One word at a time: In autism, largely Cause-and-Effect 2. Two- and three-word phrases 3. Building phrases and early sentences 4. Learning grammar and sentence structure 5. Sentences with more grammatical endings
  13. 13. Stage 1 EARLY Goal - In Autism One-word/One-button Requesting for preferred items or actions • Builds“buy-in” • Adds pay-off to the effort of communicating
  14. 14. Stage 1 EARLY Goal - In Autism App features to look for at this Stage include... • Small set of whole-message buttons • Digitized (recorded) voice
  15. 15. Apps for Language Stage 1 REQUESTING • Answers:YesNo • Sounding Board • Picture Card Maker
  16. 16. Apps for EARLY Language Stage 1 Answers:YesNo (FREE and $1.99) • Technically an iPhone app, works great on iPad ($3.99 for HD, iPad version) • 2-button choice (can program only single message) • 6 Text and 6 Picture pages can be programmed • YES/NO installed; No image library - your own pics • Minimal visual discrim. and motor skill required (field of 2) • Recorded voice
  17. 17. AnswersHD (FREE, $1.99)
  18. 18. AnswersHD (FREE, $1.99)
  19. 19. AnswersHD - FAVORITES
  20. 20. AnswersHD - FAVORITES
  21. 21. AnswersHD - FAVORITES
  22. 22. Traditional SGD vs.App Big Mack Button ($117+) iTalk2 ($150+) Answers:YesNo ($1.99) Lacks the feedback of an actual push button
  23. 23. Apps for Language Stage 1 Sounding Board (FREE) iPhone/iPod app, works on iPad • Choice/Phrase boards - Single word/button • Links/navigation between boards via message or function button, not simple • 1-16 words/buttons • Minimal visual discrim. and motor skill required • Limited image library & find/take/use your own photos • Recorded voice • FOLLOWING SLIDES ARE FROM A PREVIOUSVERSION
  24. 24. Sounding Board (Requests) Field of 1 up to 16 now (newer version than pictured)
  25. 25. Sounding Board (FREE)
  26. 26. Sounding Board (FREE)
  27. 27. Sounding Board (FREE)
  28. 28. Sounding Board (FREE) Recess choices
  29. 29. Work Phrases, with link to Break choices
  30. 30. Apps for Language Stage 1 Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99) • Choice boards - Single button messages, enlarges on selection, requires back button. Portrait only. • Sentence strip - 2-, 3-, or 4-button strip.Touch each in sequence in order to “speak” the sentence. No back button required. Portrait or Landscape. • No direct link/navigation to another board. • Back/Album button, scroll to another board - carries sentence strip over • 1-16 words/buttons to a page/Album, 2 size options (4 or 16) • Some visual discrim. and motor skill required • No image library - Find, take, use your own photos • Recorded voice • Full version $5.99 (no banner ads)
  31. 31. Requests in blow-up view, swipe to scroll Requests in expanded view, 16 max
  32. 32. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99) There are 3 important items on this Home screen
  33. 33. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99) 1.
  34. 34. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99) 2. 3.
  35. 35. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99) 4. 5.
  36. 36. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
  37. 37. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
  38. 38. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
  39. 39. PicCard Maker (FREE; $5.99) • Request preferred
  40. 40. PicCard Maker (FREE; $5.99) One-button Requests at work
  41. 41. Traditional SGD vs.Apps Sounding Board (FREE)* PicCard Maker (FREE; $5.99)* GoTalk ($157-229) Communication Builder ($254.95) *iPad = no keyguard*
  42. 42. Stage 1 Goals - In Autism Moving Beyond Choice-Making 1. One word at a time: Greetings, Comments, Sharing Opinions (Model and demonstrate) Hi - Oops - Sorry - I like it - I don’t like it - Look - Oh man - That’s funny - etc. • Small set of messages • Digitized (recorded) voice
  43. 43. AnswersHD ($1.99) “Do you want to dance” “You look nice”
  44. 44. Stage 1 Goals - In Autism Greetings, Comments, Sharing Opinions
  45. 45. Static board or single page in Full Featured app, TouchChatHD ($149.99)
  46. 46. Stage 1 Goals - In Autism Arts & Crafts - Requests, Comments, Sharing Opinions
  47. 47. Stage 1 Goals - In Autism Book Reading - Requests, Comments, Directions
  48. 48. Work Phrases, with link to Break choices
  49. 49. Language Stage 2 1. One word at a time 2. Two- and three-word/button phrases 3. Building phrases and early sentences 4. Learning grammar and sentence structure 5. Sentences with more grammatical endings
  50. 50. Stage 2 Goals - In Autism Elaborated requests: “I want” + item, “More” + item/activity Directing other’s actions, core vocab: Help please, give me, my turn, put in, you go, open it Greet using names • More message types • Digitized (recorded) voice OR synthesized (text- to-speech) voice
  51. 51. FREE Apps for Language Stage 2 2-Button Phrases • Sounding Board (FREE) • Picture Card Maker (FREE)
  52. 52. Sounding Board (FREE) - Link between pages
  53. 53. Sounding Board (FREE) - Link between pages
  54. 54. Sounding Board (FREE) - Link between pages
  55. 55. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99) Sentence Strip
  56. 56. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
  57. 57. Picture Card Maker (FREE; $5.99)
  58. 58. Picture Card Maker (FREE)
  59. 59. Picture Card Maker (FREE)
  60. 60. Creating phrases from a single page in Full Featured TouchChatHD ($149.99)
  61. 61. Traditional SGD vs.App Communication Builder 8 and up GoTalk 9+ and up ($195-250) Sounding Board Picture Card Maker (FREE-$5.99)
  62. 62. Multi-Word Language Stages 1. One word at a time 2. Two- and three-word phrases 3. Building phrases and early sentences 4. Learning grammar and sentence structure 5. Sentences with more grammatical endings
  63. 63. Multi-Word Language Stages 1. One word at a time 2. Two- and three-word phrases 3. Building phrases and early sentences 4. Learning grammar and sentence structure 5. Sentences with more grammatical endings 3+ words in length
  64. 64. Stage 3+ Goals Beyond 3-word phrases... • Visual sentence strip or message window • Useful for the learner • Useful for the communication partner
  65. 65. Stage 3 Goals - In Autism Adding verbs and adjectives to requests: I want + to go + to recess Describing phrases: Agent+Action+Object • Navigation between pages • Increased need for vocabulary • Icon library included • Larger vocab: Synthesized (text-to-speech) voice
  66. 66. Full-Featured Communication - Expanded, Word-based Vocabulary - Variety of Phrase Types - Multi-Word Language Construction - Grammatical Endings - At this level - AAC Assessment and Therapy is Essential!
  67. 67. Full-Featured Communication for Multi-Word Language Stages Traditional Devices • DynaVox - M3, V, Maestro, Xpress • Prentke Romich Co. - Vantage Lite, Springboard • Saltillo - ALT-Chat, NOVA chat App for That • ProLoQuo2Go • TouchChat HD • WordPower version
  68. 68. Full-Featured Traditional CO$T Traditional Devices • DynaVox - M3, V, Maestro, Xpress ($4,000-8,000) • Prentke Romich Co. - Vantage Lite, Springboard ($2,600-7,500) • Saltillo - ALT-Chat, NOVA chat ($3,500 ea.) App for That • ProLoQuo2Go • TouchChat HD • WordPower version
  69. 69. Full-Featured iPad CO$T Traditional Devices • DynaVox - M3, V, Maestro, Xpress ($4,000-8,000) • Prentke Romich Co. - Vantage Lite, Springboard ($4,000-6,000) • Saltillo - ALT-Chat, NOVA chat ($3,500) App for That • ProLoQuo2Go ($190) • TouchChat HD ($149.99) • WordPower version ($299.99) iPad2, 16 GB ($499) GRAND TOTAL = $650-800
  70. 70. Apps for Stages 3, 4, 5 • ProLoQuo2Go • $189.99 • The first, not necessarily the best • Easy to create a button • Does not intuitively support motor planning due to button location shift and manual (vs. built-in) navigation • TouchChat HD • $149.99 • $299.99 (Word Power) • Highly customize-able • Unique features: Button Actions, iShare, Copy and move pages between users • Intuitive navigation • Language Stages 4, 5 - WordPower version $299.99
  71. 71. 3 columns 6 columns 4 8 columns 12 columns also available... Proloquo screen shots
  72. 72. ProLoQuo2Go 2.0 IndividualizedVocab Built From Scratch
  73. 73. Comments Greetings Let’s Go Work
  74. 74. Campus Store Script
  75. 75. Proloquo Button Actions new in 2.0
  76. 76. TouchChat Family of Apps
  77. 77. Variety of pre-programmed vocabularies TouchChat HD - AAC
  78. 78. TouchChat HD - AAC: Visual Scene Display Read more on how it’s done: scaacn.blogspot.com
  79. 79. TouchChatHD - Starter Vocabularies • MultiChat 15 • Adolescent • Adult • Student • Primary Landscape • Primary Portrait • Spelling • VocabPC Landscape • VocabPC Portrait
  80. 80. Custom button size and color Custom to replicate Gateway 40 Custom to mimic a GoTalk 4+ button arrangement TouchChat HD AAC
  81. 81. TouchChat HD AAC Customized early page layouts
  82. 82. Use only the area of the screen that is accessible to the user TouchChat HD AAC - Customization
  83. 83. TouchChat HD AAC - Hide Feature
  84. 84. TouchChat HD AAC
  85. 85. TouchChatHD Wide Variety of Button Actions
  86. 86. TouchChat HD will play a video from your iPad camera roll Linking using the Navigate action helps students to be successful at a 3-hit sequence...every time!
  87. 87. TouchChat TouchChat HD AAC - FREE iShare account (1 year life per
  88. 88. • Monthly email blast - write to join socalaacnetwork@gmail.com • Blog - www.scaacn.blogspot.com Updated weekly with AAC-related news, info, materials, trainings, jobs • Facebook - SoCal Aac Scaac-n • Twitter - @SCAACN
  89. 89. Thank you! Gwendolyn Meier Villa Esperanza Services gmeier@villaesperanzaservices.org

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