The iPad is quickly becoming a useful tools for speech language pathologists. Applications are often more affordable than paper materials, and they can be more engaging for children and adult patients. It can be difficult to choose which apps are best for your patients. Here are a few of our favorite new SLP apps and how they can be used.
- Proloquo2go- Brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up to date symbols, powerful automatic conjunctions, and a default vocabulary of over 7,000 items. $189.99, iTunes
- iCommunicate- pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines,and visual schedules. Record custom audio in any language. This app converts any words with Text to Speech that do not have custom audio recorded. $34.99, iTunes.
- Touch Chat- TouchChat ﬁts into the product category of Arugmentative Communication (AAC) devices. AACdevices allow individuals who cannot speak to communicate by spelling or selecting icons from a visual display. $149.99, iPad
- Grace- 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. $37.00, iTunes.
- Expressive- Expressive allows users to select from a pool of images with audio ﬁles, create their own folders and arrange the images as they please. $39.99, iTunes.
- Tap To Talk- Tap to Talk comes with a starter album with categories “go, play, hungry, drink, emotion,bathroom”. Can make your own albums online with Tap to Talk Designer. $99.95/ year, iTunes, Android, Nintendo DS
- Verbally- Verbally is the ﬁrst free iPad app to provide a complete assistive speech solution for creative communication. Just tap in your phrase and the app speaks for you. Verbally is an argumentative and alternative communication (AAC) app for speaking unique thoughts and feelings, designed to minimize keystrokes and to maximize ease & speed. iTunes, Free
- Speak For Yourself- Speak for yourself is a powerful AAC application for the iPad that was designed by speech pathologists based on research on vocabulary selection for AAC users. The main screen contains 119 preselected words that lead on to 13 thousand built in Smarty Symbols. $299, iPad
- My First AAC- My First AAC offers icons organized by categories that reﬂect children’s natural speech development.Scroll through theme-based category icons, such as greetings, food, or feelings, and access sets of over 250 related words and phrases to express frequently used ideas. $24.99, iPad