Sign Language Symbols, Videos & GIFs in AAC Apps

Did you know that several AAC apps have a way to add sign language symbols and some have a way to play an ASL video or GIF? It’s cool to have these options to meet very unique needs.

As with anything that I share… there is no “one size fits all” to AAC. Some individuals may prefer just to sign and might use text messaging or hand writing when communicating with those who don’t know sign language. For those who want to use AAC, some users may prefer the regular symbols in that AAC system, some may prefer text-based AAC, some may prefer that ASL letter symbols be added to a keyboard, some may prefer GIFs or videos of signs, some may prefer static pics of signs, some may prefer a combination of options, etc…

So it is very important to include that individual in deciding what may be helpful for them.

This post is purely just to share info about options. I’m in the unique position of having access not just to almost every AAC app but also various extra symbol sets within them. I feel compelled to share info about what I’m able to find in these apps since that often isn’t fully documented in the description in the App Store or on the various companies’ websites.

Note: Most apps allow you to import pics from your Camera Roll. I often take a screenshot of a symbol that I may need and use it in another app. Most AAC apps also offer a way for folks to share things that they have customized directly with another person via AirDrop, email, DropBox, Google Drive, etc…

My focus in this post is on AAC apps that offer sign language symbols as part of their built in (or an add on) symbol library or offer a way to play ASL videos or GIFs and/or offer a way to download premade boards from a website or public online sharing area. This post is primarily about iOS apps but a few are available on other platforms (Android and/or Windows)

AAC apps are constantly changing as new features are added. The info was accurate at the time of this post. I may occasionally update it in the future.


Avaz AAC

I did not notice any sign language symbols when editing in the iOS or Android versions of this app. This seemed odd since I know that other apps that use SymbolStix have some. But the way that you have to tap to see individual symbols vs. being able to scroll through a large list made it more time consuming to look. So it’s possible that I just didn’t find them. The keyboard buttons are not editable and this app doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.


Clicker Communicator

SymbolStix sign language symbols in the SymbolStix version of Clicker Communicator
PCS Sign Language symbols in the PCS version of Clicker Communicator

Sign language symbols are available when editing but neither seemed to be as complete of a library as I had seen in other apps that use these symbol sets. I did not find anything in their Learning Grids sharing area related to ASL or sign language. The keyboard buttons are not editable and this app doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.


CoughDrop AAC

GIPHY ASL sign GIFs in CoughDrop

CoughDrop can be used on almost any device on almost any platform. It has a unique built in option to include GIPHY ASL sign GIFs when searching for symbols while editing. You can search out in their Find a Board area to see examples of how other folks have used this: https://app.mycoughdrop.com/search/any/ASL. I found it visually overstimulating to have several ASL GIF videos playing simultaneously on a page so please keep that in mind when considering this option.

LessonPix ASL symbols can be made available in CoughDrop by linking your account
LessonPix ASL symbols

You can link your LessonPix account to be able to use their ASL symbols within this app: https://lessonpix.com/clipart/355/ASL

SymbolStix sign language symbols in CoughDrop
The keyboard in CoughDrop is editable. I didn’t find a premade keyboard with ASL symbols but I was able to create one and then link it to be used in my board set. I’m still working on the “numbers” page. This took some time to create and some trial and error to figure out so it’s likely best suited for those who are familiar with the CoughDrop interface.

For those who purchase the SymbolStix add-on that allows SymbolStix sign language symbols to be available when editing. What’s interesting is the PCS symbol add-on did not appear to include PCS Sign Language symbols. I searched for several but didn’t find them. It’s possible that I might have overlooked them. The keyboard page is editable. This app doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.


GoTalk Now Plus

SymbolStix sign language symbols in GoTalk Now Plus

GoTalk Now Plus includes the SymbolStix symbol library. When editing this includes access to the SymbolStix sign language symbols. This app offers several different PCS symbol add-ons but PCS Sign Language symbols isn’t one of the options. They also offer a METACOM symbols add-on but I don’t have that so I don’t know whether or not that includes the METACOM sign language symbols.

GoTalk Now allows multiple images on a button. That allows use of a sign language symbol to be paired with a photo or other symbol.

GoTalk Now Plus is unique in allowing you to have several symbols and/or photos on one button. You can program the button to play a video stored on that iPad. This would allow you to link buttons to sign language video clips. Sign language GIFs could be use if those were converted into videos. This iPad-only app uses the iOS device keyboard. Unfortunately I haven’t found an iOS alternative keyboard that is still available that offers the ASL alphabet symbols on the keys.


Grid for iPad / Grid 3

SymbolStix sign language symbols in Grid for iPad (would also be available in Grid 3 on Windows devices)

The SymbolStix library includes the SymbolStix sign language symbols when editing. This app also has PCS symbols but that didn’t appear to include the PCS Sign Language symbols.

ASL Letter Explorer & Text Writer grid set available for download from the Smartbox Online Grids sharing area. This pic shows is with text only word prediction.
ASL Letter Explorer & Text Writer grid set available for download from the Smartbox Online Grids sharing area. This pic shows is with symbol supported word prediction. I edited to change the font & font size to allow the symbols to be large enough to be recognizable.

I searched the Online Grids sharing area and found an ASL Letter Explorer & Text Writer grid set available for download: https://grids.thinksmartbox.com/en/tt-9/98e8ea32-146c-4554-b482-3988248bf294. It is in QWERTY layout and includes word prediction. I adjusted the settings to just have text show up on the word prediction. If you want to have symbol supported word prediction you will need to adjust the font size and type of symbols to allow the symbols to be large enough to be recognizable.

Grid 3 on a Windows device supports use of a button command to play a video saved on that device and there is a Music and Videos grid set available for download from Online Grids. But I haven’t figured out whether or not it’s possible to program a button in one of the symbol-based AAC grid sets to pop up to play a video and then snap back to that page (vs. having it navigate to the separate Music and Videos grid set). The ability to do that would be helpful for being able to link an ASL sign language video to a specific button in an AAC grid set (like I was able to do in GoTalk Now, TouchChat with WordPower & Niki Talk 2 Pro). I’ll update this section if I figure out a way to do this. Unfortunately playing a video isn’t available as an option on Grid for iPad.


LAMP Words for Life

This iPad-only app has its own multi-meaning symbols that are an integral part of the design. It doesn’t include sign language symbols and doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device. LAMP Words for Life is also available on the company’s SGDs. It is been quite awhile since I’ve used one of those so I’m not sure if it would offer any features related to this.


Niki Talk 2 Pro

This app uses ARASAAC symbols & Les Pictogrammes symbols. I didn’t see sign language symbols in either within the app. But the app does offer the option to program a button to play a video from the iPad Camera Roll. This would allow you to link a button to play an ASL video. This iPad-only app uses the iOS device keyboard. Unfortunately I haven’t found an iOS alternative keyboard that is still available that offers the ASL alphabet symbols on the keys.


Proloquo

Although this iOS Universal app uses SymbolStix I didn’t find SymbolStix sign language symbols when editing. It doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.


Proloquo2Go

SymbolStix sign language symbols in Proloquo2Go

The SymbolStix library includes the SymbolStix sign language symbols when editing. The keyboard area is not editable. This iOS Universal app can also use the iOS device keyboard but I haven’t found an iOS alternative keyboard that is still available that offers the ASL alphabet symbols on the keys. It doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.


simPODD

Although this iPad-only app uses SymbolStix I didn’t find SymbolStix sign language symbols when editing. It doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.


Speak for Yourself

This app uses Smarty Symbols. I didn’t see any sign language symbols included in that library. It doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device. This iOS Universal app uses the iOS device keyboard. Unfortunately I haven’t found an iOS alternative keyboard that is still available that offers the ASL alphabet symbols on the keys.


Talk Suite Pro

This app uses their own unique Persona symbols. I didn’t see any sign language symbols included in that library. It doesn’t offer a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device. The app’s keyboard can’t be edited to add ASL symbols. This iPad-only app also uses the iOS device keyboard. Unfortunately I haven’t found an iOS alternative keyboard that is still available that offers the ASL alphabet symbols on the keys.


TD Snap AAC

Sign language symbols in TD Snap

This app is available for the iPad and Windows devices. When editing you can have access to the PCS Sign Language symbol library. These appear to be a mix of American Sign Language and Signed Exact English symbols. You’ll need to make sure you have downloaded it and you can drag it to the top of the symbols list if you want to prioritize those symbols coming up first in a search. They also offer METACOM symbols as an add-on via in-app purchase. That includes sign language symbols. I wasn’t able to find details about these but METACOM symbols were designed in and are primarily used in Germany so these might be German Sign Language.

I checked all of the various pagesets including the add-ones for PODD and Gateway. The PCS Sign Language symbols and METACOM symbols (if purchased) were available when editing regardless of the pageset.

Neither version of TD Snap offers a way to link a button to play an ASL video saved on that device.

METACOM & PCS Sign Language symbols are available in TD Snap

When I searched on Pageset Central these two things came up that folks created with sign language symbols and shared:

Eli’s ASL Pageset that can be downloaded from Pageset Central for use in TD Snap
Eli’s ASL Pageset has an Alphabet and Numbers page with ASL symbols on the buttons

It includes an Alphabet and Numbers page with ASL symbols on the buttons. The Keyboard is a regular QWERTY keyboard.

Eli’s ASL Pageset: http://bit.ly/40cUvRW

Core Words ASL pageset that can be downloaded from Pageset Central for use in TD Snap

Core Words ASL (just a page… not a full Pageset. So I imported it and added it within Eli’s ASL Pageset): http://bit.ly/3RjXmo1


TouchChat with WordPower

TouchChat with WordPower – Spelling Sign Language pageset
TouchChat with WordPower – American Sign Language SymbolStix symbols
TouchChat with WordPower – Australian Sign Language SymbolStix symbols

When editing this iOS Universal app you’ll have access to two different sign language SymbolStix symbol libraries: American Sign Language & Australian Sign Language.

They have a “Spelling Sign Language” page set available for free download from their website: https://touchchatapp.com/non-standard-vocabs#SpellingSignLanguage

TouchChat with WordPower also offers the option to link a button to play a video stored on that device. This video shows that being used to play an ASL sign language video. For multiple meaning words with different signs depending on the context you could link to a page that provides a button for each.

The same pageset options may be available in the company’s line of SGDs but it has been awhile since I’ve used those so I don’t know how the features may vary on those.


Twinkl Symbols for AAC

Twinkl Symbols for AAC app includes British Sign Language symbols

Twinkl Symbols for AAC is an iOS Universal app that includes British Sign Language symbols (BSL). The Type 2 Talk keyboard area in this app uses the iOS device keyboard. Unfortunately I haven’t found an iOS alternative keyboard that is still available that offers the ASL alphabet symbols on the keys.


Other Options

ALICE with ASL & Text

ALICE with ASL & Text app

Pre-recorded content is available in spoken English with ASL or English subtitles allowing users to choose the communication mode they feel most comfortable with. It’s easy for users to find their desired messages quickly with the organized and categorized library of content and search function. The app includes over 30 common general and medical phrases with interactive responses – over 130 unique videos are included in this app. Users choose a phrase they want to communicate and play the video for the other person. Depending on the video content, either person can choose a response. Some additional communication may be prompted via other means – paper/pen, speaking or gesturing. More info: https://access.llc/alice-app/. ALICE with ASL & Text, https://apps.apple.com/app/id1467049575 (iOS Universal)

I did a screen recording of the introduction within the app since I couldn’t find any videos of it online:


MyChoicePad2

MyChoicePad2 app with Makaton sign language symbols

I don’t have a subscription for the MyChoicePad2 app since Makaton symbols aren’t really used here in the USA. But I wanted to include this in this post for those in the UK and other countries where it is used. It appears to be for very basic choice making. See their website for info: https://www.mychoicepad.com/read-our-stories/mychoicepad2-a-new-fresh-app-for-2021-10-year-anniversary/. Info about Makaton: https://makaton.org/TMC/About_Makaton/TMC/AboutMakaton.aspx?


Sign2TXT

Sadly the Sign2TXT app is no longer available

Unfortunately the unique Sign2TXT AAC app with sign language symbols by Angie Craft (https://appsto.re/us/NJMz0.i) disappeared from the App Store a few years ago (even gone from the Purchased area). See the website for more info: http://www.handcraftedasl.com/sign2txt/. You can also see it archived on AppAdvice: https://appadvice.com/app/sign2txt/879126759. I had a couple of Deaf students/patients/clients who did really well with that app. The ability to search for signs by hand shape was very unique. I’m including it in this post in the hopes that the app eventually returns or that this might inspire another app developer to create something or existing app developers to add similar capabilities to their AAC apps.


On Social Media

TheSigningSLP is a great account to follow on Instagram: https://instagram.com/thesigningslp


Related Resources


Contact Info

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TD Snap: Phonics Keyboards for the Motor Plan 66 pageset (free to download from MyTobiiDynavox Pageset Central)

This video shows two phonics sounds keyboards that I added to my Motor Plan 66 pageset in the TD Snap AAC app:

As you’ll see in my video, the Motor Plan 66 pageset already includes a regular QWERTY style keyboard where you can hear letter names as you type. Toggle that on under Edit – User – Preferences – Speak Characters. If you don’t want letters spoken as you type that’s where you can toggle that off.


Note: I am well aware that some folks have a very rigid “anti-phonics keyboard” stance. If this is you then don’t add this to your pageset and scroll on by. I am well aware that there are lots of other strategies needed to teach literacy skills to individuals with complex communication needs. If you need more info about that I suggest reading “Comprehensive Literacy for All” and joining the “Comprehensive Literacy for All BookStudy” group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cl4all. I am sharing these Phonics keyboards as a tool since I personally had LOTS of students/patients/clients who had a high interest in letters, letter names, letter sounds, playing with rhyming, etc. Many of them were likely hyperlexic. I also had several who were Autistic and had a passion for anything letter related. Some were likely Gestalt Language Processors and seemed to really enjoy the playing with letter sounds related to their gestalts/scripts. Having this type of keyboard in an app resonated with them and sparked interest in using their AAC system. Providing this type of option also gave school staff something that helped them include these students in phonics activities and sparked them becoming more comfortable using an AAC app. A win-win in my book. So now that the “why” is made clear onto the “how”…


I’m on my iPad in the video but also have this synced with this app on my Windows tablet. I show how to find these on Pageset Central, where I linked mine in the TD Snap Motor Plan 66 Dashboard area, how to import a page to link it to a button, etc… I used Emily Miller’s Jolly Phonics Keyboard (https://www.mytobiidynavox.com/psc/snapcorefirst/139396) as a starting point, edited to add more and did additional voice recordings.

I uploaded a text only version & a version that includes the Jolly Phonics pictures (but could easily be edited to use pictures associated with whatever phonics program your school uses).

These are both FREE downloads via Pageset Central on MyTobiiDynavox:

text only version (can easily edit to change the button colors, font color, font size & style of font)

Text only version of the TD Snap Motor Plan 66 phonics keyboard : https://www.mytobiidynavox.com/psc/snapcorefirst/296366


version with Jolly Phonics pictures (can easily edit to change the pictures)

Version with Jolly Phonics pictures: https://www.mytobiidynavox.com/psc/snapcorefirst/296365 (note: I show in the video how you can delete those pictures and add you own pics to correspond with whatever phonics program is being used. Some kids liked having phonics pictures. Some didn’t. Choose the option that resonates with them)


How to find and add the new USA Motor Plan Pagesets in TD Snap. These are a new option in addition to the other pagesets (not replacing anything). These are included with TD Snap (no additional cost). Make sure you have updated TD Snap to version 1.25. These are currently available for USA English & UK English. They indicated that they are working on prioritizing development for other languages and a Spanish/English bilingual version but no specific details are known yet on the timeframes.


TD Snap AAC app (iOS version is iPad-only): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/td-snap-aac/id1257753762

TD Snap AAC app (Windows version): purchase directly from Tobii Dynavox: https://www.mytobiidynavox.com/Store/Snap). Also available on their line of SGDs: https://us.tobiidynavox.com/collections/devices/+td-snap?sort_by=manual (filter search further by access method to find what you might need).

More info about the TD Snap Motor Plan pagesets: https://us.tobiidynavox.com/pages/td-snap-motor-plan.

TD Snap Motor Plan Page Set Training Cards: https://bit.ly/TDsnapMotorPlan-TrainingCards

Want in-depth info about how these pagesets are designed and the research behind them? Read the whitepaper: https://bit.ly/TDsnapMotorPlanWhitePaper

Tobii Dynavox has been offering free live webinars specifically about this new pageset option. See their website for more info: https://us.tobiidynavox.com/blogs/live-training. During the one that I attended on Friday (1/27/23) they mentioned that the recording of it would be uploaded to their Learning Hub. I’ll add the link here when it’s available: <link to be added>


My TD Snap related resources:


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FREE Handout updated – Resource Roundup: Gestalt Language Processing & AAC (updated 1/14/23)

This FREE resource has been updated: Resource Roundup: Gestalt Language Processing & AAC (updated 1/14/23), https://bit.ly/GLPandAAC


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Updated 12-26-22: Basic Feature Chart for Affordable and Free AAC apps & AAC-Related Apps (iOS, Android Google Play, Amazon Fire, Windows + a few Web-Based options). Now also includes info about apps available for Chromebook

Updated resource: Basic Feature Chart for Affordable and Free AAC apps & AAC-Related Apps (iOS, Android Google Play, Amazon Fire, Windows + a few Web-Based options). Now also includes info about apps available for Chromebook.

Those who have previously purchased it on TPT can download the most current version for no additional cost: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Basic-Feature-Chart-for-Affordable-and-Free-AAC-apps-AAC-Related-Apps-8327157.

Ko-fi recurring monthly subscribers can find the download link on today’s post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Updated-12-26-22-Affordable-and-Free-AAC-Apps-Cha-B0B8HBX1I or the pinned post: https://ko-fi.com/Post/Links-to-posts-about-most-current-feature-matching-F1F5C9DMD


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Tech Safety & AAC: Prevent Exiting an App, Block Specific Apps or Websites, Prevent Deleting Apps, Prevent Installing Apps, Prevent In-App Purchases on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Google Chrome & Windows Devices (Making Decisions Based On Individual Needs)

Decisions about when and how to secure devices need to be made based on individual needs, age of the user, how long they have been using AAC, etc… The needs of a young child first learning how to use AAC are very different from the needs of an older teen or adult who uses tech to multitask.

I would never hand a young child a totally unlocked / unsecured iPad, tablet, smartphone, laptop or any other tech that then could access all of the internet. There are several reasons why that could be very risky.

Follow the National Online Safety page to see info about specific risks: https://www.facebook.com/NationalOnlineSafety. Website: https://nationalcollege.com/channels/national-online-safety

You also need to consider financial risks. Several years ago I had a patient who had run up over $1,000 in credit card charges making app purchases and in-app purchases on the parent’s unsecured iPad. Fortunately they were eventually able to get it refunded but that’s not always the case.

There are ways to choose how secure a device needs to be by using a combo of options. It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”.


Apple’s video:

Also see this written info from Apple for the most current info and step by step directions: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202612 . Written info from Apple in Spanish: https://support.apple.com/es-us/HT202612.

Note: It took quite a bit of digging but I discovered that you can view the official Apple website in numerous different languages. See my video:


More info about Guided Access at: https://osxdaily.com/2021/03/18/how-lock-single-app-iphone-ipad-guided-access/

Nice video tutorial from The TalkLink Trust about Guided Access:

Unfortunately Guided Access automatically turns off when the iPad gets low on power. Even when it’s on it’s NOT hack-proof.

So it’s important to backup any customized programming: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/03/21/backup-aac-customized-programming/


How to Maximize Battery Life on an iPad or iPhone: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2022/08/24/how-to-maximize-battery-life-on-an-ipad-or-iphone/


What to do if you’re stuck in Guided Access:


And there are a few important settings to adjust in order to prevent the AAC app (or any other apps) from being deleted. This is also where you need to toggle off the ability to download apps and the ability to make in-app purchases. Be sure to set a strong password.

Use Screen Time alongside Guided Access to provide even more control.

Apple – Use Screen Time on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982. In Spanish: https://support.apple.com/es-us/HT208982.

Nice tutorial from The TalkLink Trust about Screen Time. It’s more complicated that Guided Access but not hard to do once you get the hang of it.

What happens after failed Screen Time passcode attempts: https://www.softwaredive.com/what-happens-after-10-failed-screen-time-passcode-attempts/

How to block deleting an app: https://osxdaily.com/2020/06/13/how-stop-deleting-apps-iphone-ipad-screen-time/

How to block installing apps: https://osxdaily.com/2020/07/13/how-prevent-app-installation-iphone-ipad-screen-time/

How to block in-app purchases: https://osxdaily.com/2020/05/22/how-turn-off-in-app-purchases-iphone-ipad-screen-time/

How to disable Safari browser: https://www.mobicip.com/content/how-do-i-disable-or-enable-safari-my-childs-iphone-or-ipad

Note: iPads on a “managed” system will have even stronger ways to lock down the device. Check with the IT department in charge of that managed system to determine the options.


Android: Screen pinning (similar to Guided Access): https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-use-guided-access-android-4689158. The exact steps may look different or vary depending on your exact model of Android device.

How to pin the screen on an Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: https://www.devicesfaq.com/en/pin-screen/samsung-galaxy-tab-s6-lite-2022

If you have a Samsung Android tablet, also look at Samsung Kids as a way to create a secured area where you can add any combination of apps:

Can use the included My Camera to take pictures and videos and then view them within My Gallery. The included Bobby’s Canvas app has a fun drawing area. Exiting Samsung Kids is secured with a PIN. More info: https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/samsung-kids/

The YouTube Kids app (https://bit.ly/3O0FpIT) or the Video Collections app (https://bit.ly/3zEuW1k or on Samsung Galaxy Store: https://bit.ly/3zGG7q7 ) can be used as a way to save links to specific YouTube videos or channels. Adding one of these apps within the secured Samsung Kids area would allow Gestalt Language Processors to access videos as part of their communication system in a secured way.


Google Family Link: https://families.google/familylink/.


Amazon Fire tablet: Amazon Kids can be used as a way to create a secured area with just the app(s) and access to device features that you choose: https://amzn.to/3Pfz2BN. You can also use Screen Pinning to lock into a single app: https://www.devicesfaq.com/en/pin-screen/amazon-kindle-fire


Windows: Set up a single-app kiosk on Windows 10/11: https://bit.ly/3Ocxdo3 (applicable for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education & Windows 11. Unfortunately you can not set Kiosk mode for Windows 10 Home edition (the operating system on my AWOW AiBook 10 Windows tablet / mini laptop: https://bit.ly/3IJRBf8).


See “Game Apps & AAC: why these need to be on separate devices” for a real life example and considerations: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/07/31/game-apps-aac-why-these-need-to-be-on-separate-devices/


A free printable handout of this post is available on TPT: https://bit.ly/TechSafety-and-AAC

This blog post & handout was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2022 and beyond. I assume no liability for tech or app purchases, any tech related glitches and am not making patient-specific recommendations.

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Looking for in-depth up to date info to compare features in AAC apps for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire and Windows? Check out my 5 AAC Feature Matching resources: https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


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AAC Apps for Chromebook

It has been a pleasant surprise to discover how many of my Android AAC and AAC-related apps can be installed via the Google Play App Store and used on my Pixelbook Go Chromebook.

Of course a Chromebook is not my top pick for an AAC device but I get pretty frequent questions about AAC options for it.

Here are some AAC apps that you *might* be able to use on a Chromebook while working towards getting that student a more portable & durable AAC device. The most robust apps are denoted in bold with an (*)

Note: These all work on my Pixelbook Go. These apps may or may not be an option for your model of Chromebook. The Google Play App Store shows compatibility info. It seems to vary quite a bit depending on the type and brand of device.


• Acapela TTS (this is where you can purchase high quality Acapela synthesized voices. It was cool that the voices that I had already purchased were also available for use on my Chromebook without having to repurchase them. They worked within several AAC apps. I wish Apple offered this type of option for purchasing voices.)

• AAC Keyboard with Friends

• All the FeelZzz

• AlphaTopics

• Articuloud

• AsTeRICS Grid

Avaz (*)

• BuzzCards

• Card Talk

• Cboard

CoreVoice (*)

CoughDrop (*)

• Deaf Note

• Emergency Chat

• Expressia

• HelpTalk

• I Can Communicate!

• iTalkDoc

• JABtalk

• Kids Story Builder

• Leeloo

• Niki Talk

• Passy-Muir Trach Tools

• Patient Communicator

• Search on ARASAAC

• Speak It

• SpeakEasy

Speech Assistant AAC (*)

• SymboTalk

• Talkie

• Talking Button

• Twinkl Symbols

• Weave Chat

• Yes / No Button

• YesNo AAC


Most of these are affordable or free apps. Info about them and links can be found in the Basic Feature Chart for Affordable and Free AAC apps & AAC-Related Apps (iOS, Android Google Play, Amazon Fire, Windows + a few Web-Based options): https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACchart.

In depth info about the Android versions of Avaz, CoreVoice, CoughDrop and Speech Assistant AAC can be found in the Feature Matching Chart for Robust Android AAC Apps (Android Google Play & Amazon Fire): https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACappChart.


A free printable handout of this post is available on TPT: https://bit.ly/AAC-Apps-4-Chromebook

This blog post & handout was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2022 and beyond. I assume no liability for app purchases and am not making patient-specific recommendations.

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Have questions? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


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Updated 12/23/22: Feature Matching Chart for the Top 13 iOS Text-Based AAC Apps

The Feature Matching Chart for the Top 13 iOS Text-Based AAC Apps has been updated.

Those who have previously purchased it on TPT can download the most current version for no additional cost: https://bit.ly/TextBasedAACapps.

Ko-fi recurring monthly subscribers can find the download link on today’s post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Updated-12-23-22-Text-Based-AAC-Feature-Matching-C-Q5Q5H9777 or the pinned post: https://ko-fi.com/Post/Links-to-posts-about-most-current-feature-matching-F1F5C9DMD.


More info about this and other resources to compare features in AAC apps can be found on this post: https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


Have questions? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


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New Resource: App and Card Game Companion + AAC Communication Board: Guess Who?

New Resource: App and Card Game Companion + AAC Communication Board: Guess Who?, https://bit.ly/GuessWhoAppAndCardGameCompanion

For use with the Guess Who? Meet the Crew app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/guess-who/id1624777523 (iOS Universal, iOS 11.0 or later. $2.99, prices vary outside of USA based on exchange rate). There isn’t an Android version of this app yet.

And the Guess Who? Card Game: https://a.co/d/90F0G6A


TPT Preview Video:

Video about the Guess Who? Meet the Crew app:

Here’s the review that I left on the App Store:


Update: I decided to purchase the in-app purchase for the Transformers themed card deck. It is more challenging but would be fun for kids who have a high interest in Transformers.


Have questions? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


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Updated 12/13/22: Feature Matching Chart for Visual Scene and Video Visual Scene Display AAC Apps

The Feature Matching Chart for Visual Scene and Video Visual Scene Display AAC Apps has been updated.

Those who have previously purchased it on TPT can download the most current version for no additional cost: https://bit.ly/AACvsd.

Ko-fi recurring monthly subscribers can find the download link on today’s post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Updated-12-13-22-Feature-Matching-Chart-for-Visua-J3J6H0POL or or the pinned post: https://ko-fi.com/Post/Links-to-posts-about-most-current-feature-matching-F1F5C9DMD.


More info about this and other resources to compare features in AAC apps can be found on this post: https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


Have questions? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

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Updated Resource: Feature Matching Chart for the Top 12 Robust iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (12/7/22)

The Feature Matching Chart for the Top 12 Robust iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps has been updated.

Those who have previously purchased it on TPT can download the most current version for no additional cost: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-12-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853.

Ko-fi recurring monthly subscribers can find the download link on today’s post: https://ko-fi.com/post/12-7-22-Updated-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Feature-Match-U7U2GVW7H or or the pinned post: https://ko-fi.com/Post/Links-to-posts-about-most-current-feature-matching-F1F5C9DMD.

More info about this and other resources to compare features in AAC apps can be found on this post: https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


Have questions? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

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