This a great time to purchase an AAC or literacy app as many providers are giving discounts for Autism Acceptance Month. Here’s a roundup of what’s available in the iTunes app store and the dates of the promotions…
Lamp Words for Life – 50% discount from 2/4 to 6/4
LAMP Words For Life™ is a full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the power of the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies.
LAMP™ is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles as well as clinical experiences that address the language development and communication needs of children with autism. It provides a consistent motor pattern for words and a systematic way to develop communication skills allowing for unlimited language growth opportunities. More than 10,000 parents, caregivers, teachers, and clinicians have been trained on LAMP™ worldwide and significant gains in communication ability have been witnessed and documented.
Coughdrop – 50% off all platforms from 1/4 – 5/4
CoughDrop is a simple, modern AAC communication and support tool that empowers individuals and the teams around them. It is a full-featured communication app built for individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Rett syndrome, or other complex communication needs. CoughDrop is flexible and configurable enough to work with the access and comprehension needs of many communicators. CoughDrop can be installed without being purchased, but a web site account is required to log in, and a subscription is required to use all the reporting and logging features after the two-month trial period has ended. The app includes starter boards for different levels of communication, and boards with large or small buttons can be personalised using the rich symbol set, user-provided images or camera photos, user-recorded audio, speech synthesis, etc.
Keeble – accessible keyboard – 50% discount from 2/4 – 5/4
Keeble is an iOS keyboard that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with vision impairments to type in almost any app. The keyboard offers word prediction, timing options, Select on Release, Select on Dwell, auditory feedback and other accessibility features. It also fully supports Switch Control and VoiceOver.
Pictello – 50% discount from 2/4 – 5/4
Everyone loves to tell fun, engaging, and imaginative stories. Go ahead and make a social story or visual schedule for a child with autism or a slide show of holiday pictures for your friends – Pictello makes it a breeze to create and share! Whether you use the included natural-sounding Text to Speech voices, or record your own voice, Pictello is the perfect tool for visual storytelling.
Each page in a Pictello story consists of a photo or video and some text, which can be read aloud by a Text to Speech voice or your own recorded audio.
Proloquo2Go – 50% discount from 2/4 – 5/4
Proloquo2Go is an award-winning symbol-supported communication app. It provides a voice to over 150,000 individuals who cannot speak. The app is designed to promote language development and grow communication skills. Its innovative features support users, parents, teachers and therapists to quickly personalise the vocabulary and settings.
Proloquo4Text – 50% discount from 2/4 – 5/4
Proloquo4Text™ is a text‑based communication app that gives a voice to literate children, teens and adults who cannot speak. It is designed to enable easy conversation and full participation in society. It achieves this through a customisable single screen layout with quick access to personal phrases, word and sentence prediction and other effort-saving features. Free voices in 18 languages are included to enable natural-sounding communication.
Snap Scene by Tobii Dynavox – 50% discount from 1/4 to 15/4
Snap Scene(TM) provides Instant scene-based communication and language learning for your child.
Take a photo and tag it with recordings to let your child communicate on the fly. Snap Scene turns everyday moments into chances to learn to communicate naturally.
Designed for chidren (as early as infancy) at the beginning stages of learning to communicate who:
– do not speak
– may be slower in learning to talk
– may speak but are difficult to understand
– are at risk for communication challenges
GoTalk Wow – 90% off – 2/4 only
GoTalk WOW is an easy to use AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) app designed specifically for the Apple Watch. Enjoy quick access to a customized messages right on your wrist! Use your recorded voice or the built-in text-to-speech to express yourself. Enjoy access to the built in GoTalk WOW image library, emoji, or your own custom images to set up your Talking Points.
Accessible Literacy Learning by Tobii Dynavox – 50% discount from 1/4 to 15/4
The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) software is a trail-blazing reading program to help non-verbal students to learn how to read. ALL is designed to make literacy instruction easy, accessible and engaging for children with disabilities.
Developed by Drs Janice Light and David McNaughton of the Penn State University, the ALL Reading Program was created to meet the needs of individuals who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). It has been proven to be successful in teaching basic reading skills to individuals with complex communication and physical access challenges including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and developmental apraxia.
The ALL software breaks reading down into component skills and provides direct instruction in each skill. The skills include letter-sound correspondence, sound blending, phoneme segmentation, single word decoding, sight words, and shared reading. Progress towards acquiring all the skills and sub-skills is tracked and periodically reassessed to ensure the skills are retained.
Speak for Yourself – 50% discount from 2/4 to 4/4
Speak for Yourself is an application designed by two speech language pathologists specialising in AAC. This application is consistent with motor learning principles, uses a word-based vocabulary of the most frequently used words in communication. Speak for Yourself has the capability to begin with one word, but contains almost 11,000 Smarty Symbols® and allows the user the potential to access almost 14,000 words, with no more than two touches to say a word. Complex page navigation and scanning are eliminated to allow fast, consistent access to language!