Top 5 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps

Imagine the frustration of being unable to express your thoughts, concerns, needs, or desires. For children who have trouble communicating verbally, this is a daily reality that can create immense challenges. With the ever-increasing dominance of mobile devices and inexpensive technology, however, these children now have greater access to assistive technologies, namely Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) applications.

Using intuitive layout and design, these apps can give users the tools they need to effectively and efficiently communicate information to teachers, family, and friends, giving children challenged by verbal communication the confidence and voice to express their thoughts, opinions, and feelings to anyone, anywhere.

We’ve spent months reviewing a range of AAC apps for iPad that offer both utility and ease-of-use, and have compiled our top five favorite picks below.

title8537632455.) PicTalk Toddler

This AAC app has users build statements using the touch screen, as they click images to sequence together words and form ideas. Children start by choosing basic questions or opening statements, like “I feel,” “I want to go” or “I want to eat,” and can refine the dialogue by adding in specific details.

TouchChat-HD-final4.) TouchChat HD

TouchChat HD provides images and symbols that depict common emotions, requests, and responses, which can be arranged in different ways for easier access. Users can also type in custom text to be read aloud by the app. A unique feature lets users type and then tilt the screen to enlarge the letters, so that communication is possible silently or in a noisy environment.

 

 

Words on Wheels3.) Words on Wheels

Words on Wheels features 50 pre-loaded images representing common words, while providing empty slots for users to add their own words as well. Using the iPad’s built-in camera and microphone, parents can customize the app for their child’s specific needs by adding pictures and recording the words they represent.

Avaz2.) Avaz

Azaz allows users to type custom words and sentences through use of the app’s keyboard and text-to-voice functions. To start, vocabulary lists come in four “difficulties.” Users may select their words from “quick,” “getting started,” “basic,” or “advanced.” By stringing a number of pictures and custom words together, users can construct sentences which the app will read aloud on demand.

AutisMate1.) AutisMate

AutisMate is a unique AAC app that allows the creation and tagging of real-world “Scenes.” Users can take pictures of surrounding environments and tag “hotspots,” which, when pressed, open a menu containing common phrases associated with the area. Users can even create “visual schedules” comprised of images representing daily tasks and routines, shown in chronological steps.

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps

  1. As a Medical Educator I am impressed with your iivtnatiie, but as a patient with Bulbar ALS I was hopping that your Programme might be adjustable for an adult voice response?Is this possible?Many Pts like me have lost the ability to communicate verbally and need basic assistance on many occasions. Further, there are many pts with stroke and repetitive concussion syndrome who also need speech assistance.The problems of not being verbal, ate often taken adversely, and being called a drunk is often the least obnoxious of the names one is called!Can you help? Can your system be adjusted for a Male/Female voice over?Please advise soonest . Thank you.

    • Many of our game and app reviews are applicable beyond their stated issues, and to adult use as well–it just takes a bit more digging, for now. The members section has a lot more detail, so it might be worthwhile to try it out and see if it suits your needs. If it doesn’t, you can cancel within 30 days and you won’t be billed. In the meantime, we’re certainly looking into expanding the issues we address and adding adult-focused recommendations. Stay Tuned!

  2. This is a great list and really helpful for parents with non-verbal child.

    We’d also like to add Socky App by Ola Mundo. SOcky is communication app that helps families communicate remotely with kids with ASD through illustrations and multiple choice questions. It’s free and is available for both Android and iOS.

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and we’d love to answer any questions you might have. We also share inspiring stories and helpful information to the ASD community. Thank you and see you there! 🙂

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