Useful iPad Apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The art of speech and communication is one of the most difficult tasks for young children to master, and whether your child is struggling with verbal or non-verbal communication; these apps will ease them into expressing themselves whilst still having lots of fun!
To provide a steady work space for your child’s iPad whilst using these great communication apps, the Trabasack iPad lap desk bag and iPad mount aid can be attached to wheelchairs with ease and speed, to allow your child comfort whilst communicating. The Trabasack Curve range of bags are soft, padded and ergonomically designed to hug the natural contours of the waist to ensure your child’s arms do not get caught beneath the bag and no small objects can become trapped between the body and tray. The new product the Media Mount, allows the iPad to be tilted in a good position for child to use, whist keeping it securely held to the trabasack surface
Talking Ben the Dog Ben the Dog is no ordinary hound; he’s a retired chemistry professor looking for a little bit of peace and quiet, and the only way to rouse him from his newspaper reading is to interact with him! Children will love the reactions that Ben provides; using touch screen gestures, he can be tickled, poked and slapped, and if he’s spoken to, he will repeat. Once Ben has been interacted with he will whisk you away to his laboratory, where there are lots of exciting chemistry experiments to have fun with.
Scene&Heard is an in-depth communication tool that allows parents, caregivers and teachers a platform for creating their own bespoke communication games using personal photographs, audio and video. As each child needs help in different areas of communication, this iPad app is perfect for providing interesting, interactive entertainment specific to your child.
SoundingBoard offers a “flash card”-like customisable game, pre-installed with lots of AbleNet symbols where audio messages can be “attached” to each image. The Sounding Board iPhone and iPad app also lets the user create cards or boards using their own images; great for communicating items familiar to your child.
Proloquo2Go is another sound board iPad app that also offers a natural-sounding text-to-speech function, automatic conjugations, word prediction and high-resolution up-to-date symbols, providing a useful and easy to use tool for augmentative and alternative communication.
Grid Player provides the user with over 12,000 Widgit symbols to allow expansive communication, and the text-to-speech function along with “TouchType” word prediction and symbol prediction help with word recognition and faster communication. Grid Player also includes a “Text Talker” function, that features a high-contrast keyboard, word completion, next word prediction and over 100 instant phrases.
Communication iPad apps specially chosen by an expert in special education, Ian Bean, author of Big Bang series of computer games for children. Ian Bean is a former teacher and ICT coordinator at Priory Woods School, Inclusive Technology’s Consultancy and Training Manager now Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer specialising in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.
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