Low Cost AAC Apps for Speech

Low Cost AAC Apps for Speech

Kati Lea pictured with a trabasack and a lightwriter

Kati Lea has made some suggestions for low cost apps on the very useful facebook group ‘More than words’.

The range of AAC apps on the market is vast and working your way through them all can be a daunting task. Some of the more established brands may seem hugely expensive, especially if you don’t have funding in any way and especially in light of recent benefit cuts.

An extremely helpful and valued group on Facebook called More Than Words has given us plenty of food for thought and inspired this post. The group is managed by Kati Lea, who has previously appeared on our site as a Trabasack user and advocate of many AAC apps and devices.

We’ve learned a lot in our time in the group and are sharing some of the fantastic low cost AAC apps for speech available if you can’t stretch to the more expensive options on the market.

Speak for Yourself

Speak-For-Yourself

Speak for yourself interface

An iPad app designed by two experienced speech language pathologists who specialise in AAC. The app is built upon evidence and research and uses a word-based vocabulary. The vocabulary is built up from the most frequently used words in general communication and gives access to over 13,000 words. It’s available for £139.99 which is significantly less than many of the more established apps.

ClaroCom

1146552_10201691579562058_2011249760_nClaroCom is an iOS app which aims to take the place of speech for those who are unable to communicate that way. It’s designed to be suitable for adults and children with some or complete literacy. Users can simply type into ClaroCom or they can use word prediction or phrase prediction functions. A range of voices are available and they are programmed with English accents which can make all the difference. You can make the in-app purchase of further accents including Australian, Scottish and South African. ClaroCom may be a good first app for users new to AAC as it’s available for just £9.99.

 

Speech Assistant AAC

AAC

Speech Assistant AAC on Smartphone

This app is for Android users and is completely free! Being free doesn’t necessarily make it a great choice although we think it has some basic, valuable features which make it worth trying. The app is loaded up with 12 categories and within each category are several set phrases which can be vocalised as they are and you can also add in important personalisation.

Click here to try it out

 

 

Grid Player

Grid Player AAC

Grid Player Characters

Grid Player is another highly valuable FREE AAC app which could be perfect for you or your family. It is accessible for a wide range of people including those who are more comfortable with symbols than words or text. It includes over 24,000 different symbols and has both male and female voices so it can be personalised. You can personalise it and add in your own features including photographs, words and symbols.

 

Some of these apps may not be perfect for your situation but they could be part of the learning curve to find the right app or device for you or your family’s needs. If you have found some low cost apps to help with communication or wish to comment on the post above please do so below. You will also find more useful apps for communication under ‘Related Posts’ below.

One Response to “Low Cost AAC Apps for Speech”

  • Hi. I am one of the co-founders of Tom Taps, a startup focused on building a suite of apps for children with special needs.

    The basic app is free, with optional features like customize cards, keyboard and a whiteboard which are available as In-App Purchases.

    Search for the app via the keywords ‘tom taps speak’.

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