For children with complex communication needs, an iPad can be an invaluable tool. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a great way to help children learn to be more expressive of their emotions and desires. Assistive technology on iPads and even smartphones can help children develop and improve their expressive language or receptive language. Here are a few of our favorite apps.
Proloquo2Go is one of the most well-known apps for assistive communications, which subsequently means it is one of the priciest. However, you may find the expense worth it, since the app boasts text-to-speech voices, high resolution symbols, automatic conjugations, and a default vocabulary of over 7,000 items. The beautiful graphic display is easy for children with disabilities to navigate, so they can play with guidance or by themselves!
If you’re not ready to spend so much on an app, then iComm is worth taking a look at. This app lets you load your own images and record your own audio for activities. The upgraded version costs $7.99, but if you just want to try it out first, you can download the basic version for free!
Voice4U is a revolutionary app designed for those who experience difficulty with communication. Voice4U focuses on teaching children how to communicate their needs, wants, and thoughts. This app is a great way to encourage distinct communication and costs $29.99.
Social Skill Builder
Social Skill Builder uses interactive videos to teach key social thinking, language, and behaviors that are critical to everyday social interactions. This app particularly focuses on problem-solving skills, friendship building, critical thinking, emotions, and consequences. And at only $2.99, this app is a steal!
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center is a top therapy center serving families of children and adolescents with disabilities. Our team consists of the leading experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavior sciences. We offer intensive, hands-on therapy for children and adolescents as well as resources for families. We are real therapists helping real families with real issues. If you are concerned about your child’s behavior, take a moment to fill out our quick questionnaire. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call 202-561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or 301-577-4333 (Lanham office) or contact us via our website. Want to keep up with our latest news and blog posts? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.