PrAACtical Thinking Creating Communication Boards- There are lots of apps for that

Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by Robin Parker

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Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for That

To continue on with the theme of the month, here are some app (and computer based) resources for easily creating your own communication boards: 

Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for ThatPogo Boards

Pogo Boards is a communication board creator for both the computer and the iOS platform. You can make traditional grid-based communication boards and a variety of other visual supports.  Pogo Boards also has a variety of pre-made boards that users share.  Price: – Free trial period with premium account, then Free basic account, Subscription price for ongoing premium account

Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for That Symbly Go & Symbly

Symbly is a computer based communication board creator. Communication boards are super easy to create, share, and print out.  Symbly Go is an iOS platform app that allows you to view your communication boards (and other visual supports) on your iPad.  Your communication boards will automatically be downloaded to your iPad (even when there’s no Internet connection available).  There is text to speech capability if needed.  Price: free 30 day trial then monthly subscription

 Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for ThatCustom Boards 

Custom Boards Premium is a communication board and activity creator for iOS platforms.  Custom Boards allows for a variety of grid based communication boards with an option to use a symbol library (smarty symbols) or your own images. The Custom Board app also lets you create individual games and activities.  Price- $29.99

Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for ThatPicture Card Maker 

Picture Card Maker allows you to create communication choice boards in a grid style. You can print the communication boards or access them on your iOS device. There is capability to record speech into each communication picture. Price: Free

Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for ThatPhotoVoca Android &  PhotoVoca iOS

PhotoVoca is a is switch accessible communication board creator for iOS AND Android platform tablets and phones. It supports both text-to-speech and digital voice recording. There are grid templates that can be used. Price: Free

 Not an App but… Free and Easy (computer based, need internet connection to create but can save as PDF)

 Creating Communication Boards: There are Lots of Apps for That  ConnectABILITY is a virtual community and website focused on lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and their support networks. It is based in Canada and funded by a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities.  ConnectAbility has many great resources, but today we are talking about supports for creating communication boards. The  Visual Engine allows you to easily create grid based communication boards with their pre-set symbol or image library or  you can add your own images.

 

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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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