Language and Communication Apps

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Otsimo has free AAC which often is used in speech therapy or special education schools, under the Child section.

About Otsimo:
Otsimo is a certified and awarded educational game application developed for children diagnosed with learning difficulties, autism, down syndrome, and other special needs. Created under the guidance of parents, child psychologists and special education teachers; assistive games in Otsimo aim to teach fundamental homeschool education.
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Talk Tablet
TalkTabletUS, with 6 US English ACAPELA voices (including children's voices) & 1 Latin American 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
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Create pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines, and visual schedules. Record custom audio in any language. Converts any words with Text to Speech that do not have custom audio recorded. We include 100+ pictures(first 5 have audio) to get you started. Add pictures with your camera, or from your camera roll, or use online image search. Utilize as audio visual prompting tool or AAC device.By Grembe apps
cost: $49.99
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Communicate Easy - Autism App for iPad
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Communicate Easy is a picture communication system built for communicating with special needs individuals. It allows you to:
- add your own pictures cards with sounds.
- use these cards in schedules, choice-making or as visual prompts.
- apply states to these cards to hide, complete or make them unavailable.
- add your own hierarchy of folders to build up a library.
cost: $1.99
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Grace App
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A simple picture exchange system developed By and For non-verbal people allowing the user to communicate their needs by building sentences from relevant images. It can be customised by the individual using their picture and photo vocabulary with the user taking and saving pictures independently to the app.The application works in real time and allows the user to select their preferences, then (on iPhone) rotate the device to present a full-sized sentence to the listener – who will read it with them and respond to their request. You can currently have up to eight cards in a ‘sentence’, and the cards are large enough on iPad to not need a fullscreen view.
Cost: $37.99
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Verbally App
Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad. Verbally brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with its simple, intuitive design. Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you. Premium Features available with an in-app purchase.
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Grammar Trainer
See autism language therapywebsite for more information about the full version of the research based language learning tool, developed by Drs. Katherine Beals and Felicia Hurewitz. For readers.
Still in Beta
Use for free here

Sentence Builder
Learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. For Readers.
Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the english language. Sentence Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the grammar of all children.
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Conversation Builder
Pragmatics: Discriminate between subtle differences which can negatively or positively impact a conversation.
-Simple interface to learn the pattern of conversation
-Students record their half of the conversation
-Two group and two one-on-one conversation settings
-Student can initiate or respond to conversations
-Conversations can be 4 or 8 exchanges long
-Student name, age, primary interest and city of residence are used in conversations to personalize play
-Student recordings are interlaced with pre-recorded audio to create complete conversations
-Conversations may be archived and emailed
-Up to 160 distinct conversations available
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Language Builder
Language Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve sentence ideation ; 2) Improve sentence formation; and 3) Improve receptive and expressive language. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Auditory playback of child’s voice offers reinforcement for language development.
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Story Builder
1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. For readers.
Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.
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Rainbow Sentences
Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills. Rainbow Sentences offers a unique environment for improving a student's ability to create grammatically correct sentences.
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Mobile education
User-friendly interface for taking notes, creating lesson plans, importing photos and designing customized keyboards. An integrated filing system allows you to create folders to manage your notepads and keyboards. Word prediction saves you time by reducing the number of keystrokes needed and increasing your writing speed! It can even expand your written vocabulary by helping you complete words that you may not have attempted.Choose from a selection of the finest voices to read your text. Hearing what you have written makes it easier to find errors and to edit your work. You can also use Abilipad as a communication device. Finally, you can paste emails, webpages and other text into the notepad and have Abilipad read the text out loud The Keyboard Editor gives you the ability to create an infinite selection of keyboard skins to best suit your needs: Merge cells to form larger keys. Enter letters, words or sentences. Select fonts and letter sizes. Choose from an array of colors and color templates that can be applied to the whole keyboard or to select keys. You can even create audio recordings that are played when the key is pressed. share abilipads with community or find a keyboard you'd like to use.
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Speech with Milo
see 'Word Learning' page for Speech with Milo--Verbs and Preps--uses animated text and pictures--

Puddingstone Place
research based

Assistive Technology Apps:

Touch Chat
This special version of TouchChat HD is bundled with the WordPower series of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman. WordPower24 is a word-based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communication. WordPower24 with Phrases incorporates phrases for easier language generation.TouchChat is a full featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech.TouchChat enables you to subscribe to iShare, an online server where you can share customized pages with an online community.TouchChat has been inspired by Saltillo Corporation’s ChatPC product line. TouchChat page sets can be transferred to Saltillo’s ChatPC and ALT-Chat devices.
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$149 for app with Wordpower Inman bundled vocabulary, $59 for 6mos ishare,
TouchChat Windows Editor $59; iessence vocab $99
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Picture Can Talk
PictureCanTalk helps individuals face with speech challenges to communicate their needs with the use of pictures. You could use it as a PECS or AAC tool.
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Predictable is a cost effective and unique communication aid solution for people with disabilities which result in speech impairment. Same word and next word prediction
- Context based prediction, dependent on whole constructed message, as opposed to just the previous word resulting in more accurate prediction.Choice of UK or US dictionary
- Multiple access methods to cater for people with limited physical ability; 1) Direct Touch via typing for those who can access the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone function as normal. 2) Switch Access users can continue to use existing switches. *Note you would need a Switch interface for this mode. 3) Touch Anywhere method turns the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone screen into a switch while Predictable is in auto scan mode,
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TapSpeak Choice and Sequence
TapSpeak Sequence for iPad revolutionizes how parents, speech therapists, vision therapists, schools, and institutions create and use message sequences to help disabled children learn to communicate. Use TapSpeak Sequence instead of sequential message switches to record and customize messages without losing any previously
(see also other tapspeak apps by ted Conley)
TapSpeak Choice for iPad re-interprets low- to mid-tech communicator for the iPad. It's a complete communication board editor and player that saves up to 75% of the setup time over conventional devices and virtually eliminates maintenance time. Use the DynaVox/Mayer-Johnson PCS library, your own photos or images, and geometric symbols
full TapSpeak
Choice ($169.99)
sequence ($69.99)
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iassist Communicator
The iAssist Communicator was designed for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Unlike other iPhone - iPod Touch applications, the iAssist Communicator is specifically focused on the needs of young learners and individuals on the autism spectrum and others who are more cognitively challenged. With the unique needs of these individuals in mind, the application incorporates photos rather than more abstract drawings, larger images and functional language. Additionally, since the program was designed by a parent, every effort was made to create a program that is easy to use and customize. And 10% of adjusted gross income will be donated to non-profit autism organizations!
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Full-featured augmentative & alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking.
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Sounding Board
User-friendly app for creation of individualized picture communication boards (1-9 pics per page) with natural voice recording.
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Scene Speak
Scene Speak provides a framework on the iPad to create visual scene displays. This application allows an image can be edited with active “sound areas” that can be selected and used as a means of communication. Images then can added into “books” by theme or area of interest. Scene Speak is a wonderful communication tool for those with Autism, Aphasia, Apraxia, developmental disabilities or anyone wanting to enhance receptive language or visual memory.Good Karma apps
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Auto Verbal
Elegant interface, quality recognizable images & customizations allow for quick & easy communication! Very affordable! No Tie LLC- Talking soundboard
- 100's of buttons use Premium TTS voice, prerecorded, even when the Internet is not available!
- Custom TTS phrases can use Premium voices when Internet is available, Standard built-in voices otherwise.
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One Voice
OneVoice turns the iPad or iPhone into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Building on the simplicity of iOS devices, OneVoice is easy to understand, and designed for usability above everything else.Though OneVoice comes with a pre-populated vocabulary (focused on children) the real value is that you can easily add your own phrases and photos to create a custom experience. http://thinkLegend.comAppsFeatures include: - 4 High Quality Voices (2 male and 2 female)
- Over 100 custom made icons
- Drag and drop organization of phrases and categories
- Choose and crop your own photos from the device photo gallery or your camera.
- Simple, focused application. Users won't get lost in many levels of categories and be unable to find their way
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Picture AAC
Picture AAC app enables people with speech impairment/delay to communicate their needs & wants, feelings, ask and answer questions effectively with the use of pictures. Developed in collaboration with several special education teachers and special therapists to support preverbal/nonverbal children with autism, cerebral palsy and other special needs to communicate and develop language skills. Modeled after velcro-type communication binder/book commonly used for picture communication.
- user interface specially designed to be simple enough to learn even for children with challenging learning disabilities
- comes with 200+ pictures and voice audio with options to add groups, pictures, audio and other customization
- training levels to help phase in users who are new to using picture communication system
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