PrAACtical Thinking Free Text-based AAC Apps for the iPad

Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Carole Zangari

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Free Text-based AAC Apps for the iPad

Looking for an AAC app for someone who reads and writes? Here are a few free ones that you can explore and use in your evaluations.

1.      Verbally (Free): Plus a premium version for purchase that allows for more customization and prestored mesages for things the client may want to say over and over (e.g., What’s going on with the kids? Can you help me with something? I don’t agree with that. I need my pain medicine, It’s too cold in here. etc.)

2.      Locabulary Lite

3.      Phrase Board

4.      Small Talk Conversational Phrases

5.      Small Talk Daily Activities

6.      Small Talk Pain Scale

7.      Talk Assist

 Do you use one that didn’t make it onto our list? Please let us know.

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Carole Zangari

Carole Zangari has been involved in the practice and teaching of AAC for over 20 years. She is a professor of speech-language pathology and has been fortunate to have been able to introduce many children and adults to the world of AAC. "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

3 Responses to Free Text-based AAC Apps for the iPad

  1. Gene Pizzolato says:

    Hi Carole- I initially sent this question to Sean and he suggested that I check out your blog.

    The agency that I’m consulting with is considering getting a few tablet devices and they’re questioning why to get I-Pads when Android tablets are so much less expensive. I’ve narrowed down the software to Proloquo2Go. I’d appreciate your opinion as to whether the I-Pad is a better choice over the Android and if there is a better software system to use for speech generating purposes with multiple users.
    Thank you- Gene Pizzolato , SLP

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Gene, thanks for your question. It really depends on what the planned use for the device is. For AAC, while there are options for the Android tablets, there are a great many more for the iOS platform. On average, I think the quality of the AAC apps is better on iOS than Android, although there are some very good apps on both. Again, the answer is driven by the purpose that you want the device to serve. Ferrari makes an awesome car, but I wouldn’t want to drive it on the beach or use it to pull a trailer. Knowing what you want the device to do will help you make the best decision. If I was purchasing one for an agency so that the SLP could use it for evals and therapy with people who need AAC, I would most likely choose the iOS device. Hope that is helpful, Gene.

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