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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

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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.

Trabasack Mini Connect: The perfect Go Talk Bag

Trabasack Mini Connect: The perfect Go Talk Bag

The Go Talk 4+ device

Go Talk is an AAC device which is both intuitive and powerful and if you’re the owner, you’ll want a protective Go Talk Bag. Without being difficult to use, the Go Talk provides a number of simple options so communication can be made and helps the user ensure they get across the message they want. Extremely durable, the Go Talk models are a brilliant “entry level” communication device, for those just getting to grips with AAC technology or need an easy to use device to get across simple messages.

Go Talk devices are renowned for their durability but if you have invested in one, it is important to treat it with respect and provide an appropriate Go Talk bag for when you’re on your travels or taking it from home to school or work. The Trabasack Mini Connect is the best Go Talk Bag option on the market because it has two functionalities and is specifically designed to house communication devices and keeps them secure.

Trabasack Mini Connect Go Talk Bag

The Trabasack Mini Connect is the right Go Talk bag for you, because it can be used as both a bag space and a functional lap tray from which you can access and utilise your Go Talk device. The Trabasack Mini Connect has a Go Talk bag space that’s really spacious and provides all the support and security your device will need. Equally, you can carry your Trabasack Mini Connect in a variety of ways including on your back or as a briefcase, which adds a further flexibility to it. The other great function of the Trabasack Mini Connect is its tray surface. You can use the tray when you’re out and about to rest your Go Talk on and you can also use it to communicate from. The Connect surface means that you can attach and secure items to the surface of the Trabasack Mini Connect, using Velcro Hooks.

The Trabasack Mini Connect is the perfect Go Talk bag and competitors don’t even come close. For more information about Go Talk, watch this informational video discussing their devices:

 

Trabasack is available from these Communication Aid companies (to add your company to the list, please email duncan{at}trabasack.co.uk)