PrAACtical Thinking 133 Free & Lite AAC Apps & App Selection Resources: Updated

Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Robin Parker

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133 Free & Lite Versions of AAC Apps + App Selection Resources

Here is our most recent update of free and lite versions of AAC apps for iOS and Android platform devices

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a variety of resources related to AAC app selection.  We strongly continue to advocate for a systematic process for AAC app selection. We  recommend AAC app decision making in the context of a feature match process that gives appropriate attention to the full range of AAC options.

 Tools to Use In Making Decisions About AAC Apps

  1.  Feature match form developed by Jessica Gosnell at Boston Children’s Hospital
  2. Feature match checklist created by Scott Marfilius and Kelly Fonner
  3. Our supplemental rubric covering language and communication features,  RELAAACs

Places to Go to Find AAC Apps and Reviews

  1.  Comprehensive AAC app list for iPhone and iPad by Jane Farrall
  2. AAC Tech Connect’s Apps Assistant
  3. OCALI’s listing of apps for individuals with ASD
  4. Tech in Special Education
  5. Aidis Trust Communication App Reviews

Training Material on AAC Apps, News, Suggestions, etc.

  1.  The App Academy’s site for app training videos
  2. Our PrAACtical AAC Scoop.It collection and Pinterest boards
  3. Our post on 5 Things to Do Before you Choose an AAC App

 Because this list sometimes gets circulated without the context in which it was originally developed, we decided to include some excerpts from our original post in early 2012.

“Graduate student SLPs are a fairly diverse group, but one thing that is common to almost all of them is that they are on a very limited budget. Although many of the AAC apps are reasonably priced, even that can be a lot for a struggling student. We wanted to put together a list of the free or lite versions of AAC apps for them to explore on their own iDevices.

First, a few caveats:

  1. Selection of AAC tools is always made after a thorough assessment. This is as true for apps as it is for speech generating devices (SGDs).
  2.  This list isn’t intended in any way to endorse these apps or suggest that the free/lite version is sufficient. Hopefully, it will give future professionals a taste of what these  apps can do and allow them to begin to think about how to make decisions about this in the context of a feature match assessment. Review sites like the one at Spectronicsand OCALI can be very useful when you are trying to see some of the features that apps contain.
  3. This list isn’t comprehensive. If you have links to other AAC apps that are free or have lite versions, please send them along and we will update our list.
  4. Students, remember what we’ve taught you about AAC. This doesn’t supersede what you’ve learned about AAC and language assessment, symbol selection, multimodal communication, etc.”
  5. Learning to communicate with an AAC app requires AAC teaching strategies such as aided language input (ALI), language facilitation strategies, communication opportunities, & meaningful language experiences.

And now, on with the show…

iOS Device Free or Lite AAC Apps

  1. Able AAC Free (NEW)
  2. Aeir Talk (New)
  3. AlexiCom AAC
  4. Answers: Yes/No Free
  5. Assistive TTS (Not in US Store)
  6. Augie Free (Free version not currently available in US)
  7. Autism 5-Point Scale EP (Autism Help)
  8. Com App
  9. Comunicador Personal Adaptable(Spanish)
  10. Communicate Mate Female
  11. Communicate Mate Male
  12. Communications (NEW)
  13. Connect Cards
  14. C.P.A.  (in 18 languages, NEW)
  15. DIME Lite
  16. ER Translate (NEW)
  17. Fat Cat Fast 20
  18. Fat Cat Pirate Chat
  19. Flashables  (NEW)
  20. FreeSpeech
  21. Functional Communication System Lite (NEW)
  22. Gabby Tabs Lite
  23. Go Talk Now Free
  24. Grid Player
  25. iBlissymbols Lite
  26. iComm Education
  27. iPhonic Lite
  28. iPicto Lite
  29. iSpeech Text to Speech (NEW)
  30. Locabulary Lite
  31. Medical emergency response App (New)
  32. MetaTalk Lite- No longer free
  33. My Choice Pad Lite
  34. My Talking Phone
  35. MyTalk Tools
  36. Neo Julie (also Kate and Paul)
  37. NikiTalk(NEW)
  38. Noni Lite
  39. Nonverbal Communication for Autism-NOCOA (Japanese)
  40. OneVoice-AAC
  41. PandaPal AAC
  42. PhotoTell Lite
  43. PhotoVOCA Free
  44. Phrase Board
  45. Pic A Word
  46. Pics Aloud Lite
  47. Picture Card Maker
  48. Picture Board
  49. PocketAAC-Lite
  50. Point to Pictures Lite
  51. Say Hi AAC
  52. SayItForMe Lite
  53. Scan to Pictures Lite
  54. See and Say Lite
  55. Scene & Heard Lite
  56. Simple AAC (Free 7 day trial)
  57. Small Talk Aphasia (Male & Female)
  58. Small Talk Conversational Phrases
  59. Small Talk Daily Activities
  60. Small Talk Intensive Care
  61. Small Talk Pain Scale
  62. Smart_AAC (Free 7day trial; NEW)
  63. Sounding Board
  64. SFY_Speak4Youself Lite
  65. Speech Button
  66. Speech Buttons Free
  67. Sono Flex Lite
  68. Speak All
  69. Speak for Yourself LAT Kids   (not available in US store)
  70. Spubble Lite (not available in US store)
  71. Symbly Go (Free 30 day trial, then monthly subscription, NEW)
  72. Talk Assist
  73. Talking Cards Lite
  74. Talking Text
  75. Talk Tommy
  76. Talk to Me 100 (free version has 9 locations)
  77. Talk 4 Me
  78. Talking Tiles (Free 15 day trial & then monthly fee, NEW)
  79. Tap to Talk
  80. Touch Chat Lite
  81. TransEZ (NEW)
  82. Verbally
  83. VocaBeans EN
  84. VoiceSymbol AAC

Free or Lite AAC Apps for Android Devices

  1. AAC Speech Communicator (French, English)
  2. AAC Talking Tabs
  3. AAC Yes/No (Male & Female versions; NEW)
  4. Ablah Demo (NEW)
  5. Alexicomm for Android (30+ free pages)
  6. Autism Speech – Diego Says
  7. BoxofWords Free
  8. DroidSpeaker
  9. Free AAC
  10. FalaFacil – DiegoDiz (Portuguese)
  11. FreeSpeech
  12. Gabby Tabs Lite: AAC for Kids
  13. HablaFacil – DiegoDice (Spanish)
  14. Help Talk (NEW)
  15. iToucan Talk (Autism) Alpha
  16. Ivona (NEW)
  17. JABTalk
  18. LangLearner Speaker
  19. MiaOvoce (NEW)
  20. MyVoice MyWords Tablet
  21. Niki Talk
  22. PhotoVOCA
  23. Pic-See Lite
  24. Pics Pecs Austism (NEW)
  25. PictoDroid Lite (Spanish, English)
  26. Pictograms
  27. PictoPlus: AAC 3D Pictograms (NEW)
  28. Plaphoons for Android Beta
  29. Point Talker Free
  30. Sono Flex Lite
  31. Smart Howl Demo (NEW)
  32. SpeakForMe Free
  33. Speak For Yourself (NEW)
  34. Speaking Pad
  35. Speech Assistant
  36. Symbol Path (NEW)
  37. Talk Android
  38. Talk 2 All (for phone communication)
  39. Talk to Me 100 Lite (Autism) (NEW)
  40. Tap Talk Free
  41. Tap to Talk
  42. Touch and Go Speak
  43. Touch-n-Say
  44. Two Speak
  45. Type and Speak
  46. VirtualTEC
  47. Virtual Voice
  48. Visual Cues AAC (NEW)
  49. Vocal SlidesVox4All Free (NEW)

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Robin Parker

Robin Parker Robin Parker is a professor of speech language pathology who has loved supporting the communication and language of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders for more than 20 years. One of her professional passions is spreading the word about PrAACtical AAC. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Helen Keller



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