Augmentative communication (AAC) is an alternative method assisting students and adults with language
disorders to communicate more effectively.
Augmentative communication can be achieved through computers and hand held devices including mobile phones, where a series of assistive communication apps have been developed. Here’s three of the apps to look out for:
AssistiveWare’s Prologue2Go is the best known assistive communication app available on the Apple iPad. It is a full-featured augmentative and alternative solution to communication for children who have autism. Simple to set up and use, the app provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices, a default vocabulary of over 7,000 items, high resolution symbols, and much more.
iCommunicate by Grembe Inc. allows you to create pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines, and record custom audio in any language. An AAC device, iCommunicate also includes task completion and audio visual prompting, and comes preloaded with 10,000 symbolstix pictures. The app is limited only to the Apple iPad.
Spectrum Visions’ Voice4u is an AAC application that assists individuals to express feelings, thoughts, actions, and request things they need. The app is perfect for for learning and communication for individuals with autism and people around them.
The app simplifies the task of understanding an individuals’ wants and needs and helps to break down barriers of communication for individuals with special educational needs.
[img src: Prologue2Go, iCommunicate, Voice4u]
*All these apps are available on the App Store.