Creating a “text only” set up for kids in symbol-based AAC apps

I’ve seen several posts recently from pediatric SLPs looking for text-based AAC options for pretty young children. I had several patients like that on my caseload who preferred not to have symbols but the true text-based AAC apps didn’t have the vocabulary or age-appropriate voices that they needed.

This video shows how you can adjust the settings in 4 symbol-based AAC apps to turn them into a text-based set up.


Apps seen in this video:

* CoughDrop

* Proloquo2Go

* TD Snap

* TouchChat with WordPower

The pros to doing this are having access to the age-appropriate vocabulary and age-appropriate voices.

All 4 of these apps have a keyboard area and 3 of them can access the iOS keyboard.


Want in-depth info about more features in robust apps? See this AAC feature matching resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Have a question? 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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Setting up Blue2 switch for GoTalk Now app

A quick look at setting up the Blue2 Bluetooth switch for use in GoTalk Now.

The switch interface shown in this video: https://www.ablenetinc.com/blue2-bluetooth-switch/


Be sure to join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup


Find other blog posts related to GoTalk Now: https://omazingkidsllc.com/?s=GoTalk&submit=Search


Want in-depth info about the GoTalk Now AAC app and other robust apps? See this AAC feature matching resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Have a question? 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 AAC Feature Matching Chart (10-18-21)…. now mentions features in these apps that may be helpful as folks are exploring ways to modify AAC for Gestalt Language Processors

I don’t typically release an update for the AAC Feature Matching Chart more than once a month but there were a couple of links that needed to be fixed. I also expanded the info related to how SLPs & SLTs can get access to the LAMP Words for Life app. That particular app is distributed differently in countries outside of the USA and Canada. Links to the Liberator websites have been added. I also put a designation on rows for features that may be helpful as folks are exploring ways to modify AAC for Gestalt Language Processors. I’ve also added links to social media groups and pages related to those discussions.

The most update has been uploaded to TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Ko-fi subscribers can get the update at: https://ko-fi.com/post/AAC-Feature-Matching-Chart-update-10-18-21-B0B06N0DB

Note: Ko-fi subscribers need to make sure you go out to a full browser after tapping on a link that I shared on Facebook or other social media. See this short video:


The free handout about how SLPs and SLTs can get access to these apps has also been updated on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Get-Access-to-the-Top-11-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-TPT-Freebie-6869004


Have a question? 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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How to find the Online Gallery in the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps

How to find the Online Gallery in the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps

This is a screencast video showing how to find the Online Gallery in the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps. This isn’t available when using the free Lite version or their Starter version of the app.


Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup


Have a question? 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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GoTalk Now: Using Acapela Vocal Smiley – Exclamations and Sounds (with premium Acapela voices)

GoTalk Now: Using Acapela Vocal Smiley – Exclamations and Sounds (with premium Acapela voices):

This video shows how you can add personality (spunk / intonation) and sound effects to GoTalk Now if you are using one of the premium Acapela voices.

I recently purchased the Josh and Ella premium USA English child voices since I have them in other AAC apps and love using them.

The codes for the Vocal Smiley Exclamations and Sounds are specific to that particular language and voice.

See them on their website: https://www.acapela-group.com/vocal-smileys-examples/.

You can hear samples of the premium child voices: https://www.acapela-group.com/voices/children-voices/.

Additional info: https://www.acapela-group.com/voices/voice-tuning/.


Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup


Have a question? 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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Bruce Baker AAC Globalization Initiative by PRC-Saltillo and ISAAC

It will be cool to see what additional languages will become available in AAC as a result of this….

Info on the ISAAC website: https://isaac-online.org/english/about-isaac/awards/bruce-baker-aac-globalization-initiative/


Have a question? 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 Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (10-12-21)

Updated Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 Robust iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps.

This month’s update has been uploaded onto my TPT store on 10/12/21: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853.

Ko-fi subscribers can access it on this post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Feature-Matching-Chart-update-101221-N4N16KF0K


Have a question? 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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GoTalk Now: Video Line Expressions (thinking about creative AAC options for Gestalt Language Processors)

GoTalk Now: Video Line Expressions (https://youtu.be/v-YignzpGnw)


This is a Communication Book that I created in the GoTalk Now app with 16 buttons with very short video clips based on “scripts” that my patients used to express emotions or thoughts.

I’ve been following discussions about how traditional AAC options may not meet the needs of Gestalt Language Processors and have been thinking about how features in current AAC apps could be modified or used in creative ways.

These very short video clips and Visual Scene Displays (https://youtu.be/hGPMNVLJo0c, https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/10/11/how-to-video-creating-a-visual-scene-page-in-gotalk-now/) or Video Visual Scene Displays are a few of the things that I’ve been thinking about.

The video clips are saved on the Camera Roll on this iPad. I downloaded many of them from the Yarn website where you can find videos by searching a line (https://getyarn.io). If I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted on that website then I made a very short screencast recording from YouTube.

The Online Gallery has been glitchy today. I attempted to upload this to share several times. My guess is the company’s website/servers are likely overwhelmed by all the folks who purchased the app during the sale yesterday. I’ll try again in a few days. In the meantime, I uploaded it to Dropbox: https://bit.ly/GTNvideoExpressions


Want more ideas for this fabulous app? Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

I’m not affiliated with the app developer… just a huge fan of the app 😊


Have a question? 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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How to Video: Creating a Visual Scene page in GoTalk Now

How to Video: Creating a Visual Scene page in GoTalk Now, https://youtu.be/hGPMNVLJo0c


Want more info about ways to use Visual Scene Displays or Video Visual Scene Displays? This recorded webinar from ISAAC has several case studies / examples: https://isaac-online.org/english/webinars/archived-webinars/bridging-research-to-practice-with-visual-scene-displays/


Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

(I’m not affiliated with the app developer… just sharing tips on how to use this fabulous app 😊)


Have a question? 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

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

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Using the GoTalk Now App as Adapted Access to Play Songs

One of my favorite uses for the GoTalk Now app by Attainment Company, Inc. is to create boards to use as an adapted means of access to play music.

This video shows how to create a music player board (play/pause, next song, previous song), how to create a song board with buttons to play specific songs, and using the Expanded Quick Buttons as a means to comment or request and as a means to go between the two boards (instead of swiping or using paging buttons)


Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup


Want the link to find the app and info about the $10 sale on 10/10/21? See this blog post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/10/08/reminder-gotalk-now-10-app-sale-on-10-10-21/

(I’m not affiliated with the app developer… just a huge fan of this app 😊)


Have a question? 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

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

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