Preparing for iOS 15: How to Turn Off Automatic Download & Installation of iPadOS / iOS Updates

Preparing for iOS 15: How to Turn Off Automatic Download & Installation of iPadOS / iOS Updates

It is anticipated that Apple will be releasing iOS 15 very soon.

Historically the whole number iOS updates tend to cause problems. Several years ago I had an iPad “brick” and it had to be restored to factory settings. Almost every whole number iOS release has caused issues with AAC apps and therapy apps.

It is wise to wait for awhile for kinks to be worked out and for app developers to have time to release updates to fix any problems. And Apple often releases secondary iOS updates to fix issues. I typically wait several months and watch for posts from app developers indicating that it’s safe to install the new iOS.

Unfortunately the “default” setting on an iPad is usually for the iOS updates to be automatically downloaded and automatically installed. In order to prevent that from happening, please check the settings on any iPad or iPhone being used for AAC or as a therapy tool. Even if you have toggled it off in the past please take the time to check it again. I found that a recent iOS update had toggled it back on.

  • Go to Settings (grey gear) – General – Software Update – Automatic Updates – toggle off Download iPadOS (iOS) Updates

While you’re on that device now would also be a good time to make sure you have backed up all customized programming.


If you’re in a very large school district that has hundreds of students using iPads for AAC, then I’d check with your IT department to see what the options are for temporarily toggling off the automatic download and installation of iOS updates. If that’s not feasible in your district, then take this as a “heads up” that you may need to have paper-based AAC options on hand just in case they are needed.


What to do if you have an iPad on an older iOS: Unfortunately on very old versions of iOS there’s not a way to prevent the iOS update from downloading. But it should ask for permission before installing it. A sign that an iOS update has downloaded is a sudden large drop in available memory. To find that file to delete it on an older iOS, go into Settings – General – Storage & iCloud Usage – Storage – Manage Storage. Wait for the app list to populate and then delete the one with the grey gear. For example, I have an iPad Pro 9.7” that I purposefully kept on iOS 10.3.3 in order to avoid losing a bunch of apps when iOS 11 rolled out. By deleting that iOS update file I am freeing up 3.7GB of memory and helping to prevent an accidental update. I periodically get a notification asking me to update the iOS. I am very cautious to tap “Details” and then close out of it. Also go to Settings – iTunes & App Store – and toggle off Updates under Automatic Downloads.


Why am I concerned? As I’ve been working on an update for my large app resource guide I’ve run across numerous apps that have disappeared from the App Store. I haven’t seen this many apps disappear in mass like this since iOS 11 rolled out. That particular iOS caused problems with several AAC and therapy apps. Of course I have no way to know what will happen with iOS 15 but am seeing enough red flags to be concerned and to post about it. It’s heartbreaking when AAC users lose their voice when a new iOS rolls out and causes glitches. Now is the time to prevent that from happening.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

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Updated AAC Feature Matching Chart (9-7-21)

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

Did you know that Coughdrop has a cool new “Focus Words” feature? Focus Words offers a quick way to highlight a list of targeted words while dimming the rest of the buttons slightly (but all of the buttons are still active).

Want to stay up to date on all the newest features in the most commonly used AAC apps?

Check out this month’s update for the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps. The update has been uploaded onto my TPT store: 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/Updated-Feature-Matching-Chart-9721-H2H564ELO


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

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Grid for iPad: a visual guide to getting started (new TPT product)

This visual guide walks you through the initial set up and customization process for the Grid for AAC app on the iPad.

*** There is one topic per page with visuals ***

It is perfect for those who are brand new to the app and want screenshots for every step in the initial set up, tips on choosing a grid set and customization options to help buttons stand out.


Preview Video:


Available for purchase on my TPT store: https://bit.ly/3ATuYj0


Want more specific details about this product?

It is a 65 page PDF that covers the following areas:

• Setting the course

• Presume Potential

• Multimodal Communication

• Involving the child to foster ownership

• Core & Fringe Vocabulary

• Importance of having access to a keyboard area

• Begin with the end in mind

• The screens that will be seen during set up

• Screenshots and info about the grid set options that are recommended

• Setting up a Dropbox account

• Tips for choosing a Grid Set

• Choosing a voice

• Providing the “opportunity” to try a robust vocab file

• Adjusting the settings to help the buttons stand out on the screen

• How to change the size & shape of individual buttons

• How to change the Symbol Skin Tone

• Areas on the Super Core 50 Home Screen

• How to find the “Find Word” to locate where words are stored in the app

• Info about the Magic Wand feature

• How to find the Grid Guide and Help area within the app and additional info on the Smartbox website

• Smartbox Community Group on Facebook

• Resources and free webinars on the Smartbox website

• Smartbox’s YouTube Channel

The last page has the link to an unlisted YouTube video (13:36) that’s provided to supplement this resource


If you want links to be clickable, please view the PDF in the free Xodo app (https://www.xodo.com), Books/iBooks app or other PDF viewer.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

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Languages Available in the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps

Are you looking for info about languages supported in the most commonly used symbol-based AAC apps?

That is one of 98 rows included in my AAC Feature Matching Chart.

Here is a free one-page PDF with the “Languages” row from the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps: https://bit.ly/2VYeaZj (PDF)

It is also available as a freebie on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Languages-Available-in-the-Top-11-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-7148289


This is just one of the 98 rows included in the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC apps that can be purchased on my Teachers Pay Teachers store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.

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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Tech Tips: AAC & “Screen Time”

Have you encountered resistance to AAC use due to someone thinking that all “screen time” is bad?

Or they want to limit AAC options to only low-tech or no-tech out of a misguided fear that AAC use would expose them to “screen time” that could inhibit their development?

This free handout will help you dispel those myths with easy to understand info about the differences between active and passive screen time, key discussion points and links to where you can find more info from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association & the US Department of Education.

It’s available as a freebie on my TPT store: https://bit.ly/3xAqYCi


Want to save time and have tons of AAC info at your fingertips?

Check out info and shout outs for my Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/07/20/feature-matching-chart-for-the-top-11-robust-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps/.

It’s available for purchase here on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

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Tech Tips: Installing iOS Apps on Multiple Devices

Have you ever wondered how many devices you can load an iOS app on? Or the legalities surrounding app usage?

The new website for LAMP Words for Life has a nice simple summary. Here’s a screenshot:

https://lampwflapp.com/support/faqs.

Most major AAC app developers have similar info on their website or defer to the Apple info linked below.


I also frequently share this easy to understand info from Tactus Therapy:

https://help.tactustherapy.com/hc/en-us/articles/360024699251-We-have-lots-of-devices-How-many-copies-or-licenses-of-each-app-should-I-buy-


If you want to read more in-depth legal descriptions about this, read the Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/us/terms.html.

See more about devices associated with an Apple ID: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204074. You can have up to ten devices (no more than five computers) associated with your Apple ID for purchases at one time.

And info about Family Sharing for those in the household: https://www.apple.com/family-sharing/ (FYI…. in-app purchases and subscriptions may not be eligible for Family Sharing)

School systems and other organizations can get a discount when purchasing apps in bulk. See the Apple School Manager info: https://support.apple.com/guide/apple-school-manager/how-to-buy-content-apde19b23f7f/1/web/1 (also: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206960 & https://www.apple.com/business/docs/site/Apple_Business_Manager_Getting_Started_Guide.pdf)


Note: Rules regarding app usage may vary outside of the USA


If you are looking for a way to share customized programming with another person who owns an app, check that AAC app company’s website.

Want to save time and have all of that info (and so much more) at your fingertips? Check out my Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/07/20/feature-matching-chart-for-the-top-11-robust-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps/


This info is also available as a FREE handout on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tech-Tips-Installing-iOS-Apps-on-Multiple-Devices-7127363


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Updated AAC Feature Matching Chart (8-8-21)

This month’s update for the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps is available on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853

Recurring monthly subscribers on my Ko-fi site can access the update on this post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Update-Feature-Matching-Chart-8-8-21-Q5Q75MF4E

Links have also been updated in the “How to Get Access to the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (TPT Freebie)”: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Get-Access-to-the-Top-11-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-TPT-Freebie-6869004


In depth info about the Feature Matching Chart: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/07/20/feature-matching-chart-for-the-top-11-robust-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps/


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

LAMP Words for Life App: a visual guide to getting started (new TPT product)

This visual guide walks you through the initial set up and customization process for the LAMP Words for Life AAC app on the iPad.

*** There is one topic per page with visuals ***

It is perfect for those who are brand new to the app and want screenshots for every step in the initial set up, tips on choosing a vocabulary file and customization options to help buttons stand out.


Video overview:


Available for purchase on my TPT store: https://bit.ly/3fqh67F

Want more specific details about this product?

It is a 51 page PDF that covers the following areas:

  • Setting the course
  • Presume Potential
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Involving the child to foster ownership
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Core & Fringe Vocabulary
  • Importance of having access to a keyboard area
  • Screenshots and info about the 1-Hit, Transition and Full Vocabulary options
  • The screen that will be seen during set up
  • How to copy a vocab file
  • Providing the “opportunity” to try a robust vocab file
  • Adjusting the settings to help the buttons stand out on the screen
  • How to change the Symbol Skin Tone
  • How to backup customized programming
  • Choosing a voice
  • Areas on the Home Screen
  • How to find the “How To” manual within the app and on the LAMP Words for Life website
  • Using Vocabulary Builder
  • Using Word Finder
  • LAMP Words for Life Users Group on Facebook
  • Resources and free webinars on the LAMP Words for Life website
  • Webinars specifically for parents/caregivers
  • Resources on the PRC website
  • The Center for AAC & Autism’s YouTube playlist specifically about programming on the iPad (which is different than programming it on an Accent device)
  • The PRC YouTube channel
  • The last page has the link to an unlisted YouTube video (11:36) that’s provided to supplement this resource

If you want links to be clickable, please view the PDF in the free Xodo app (https://www.xodo.com), Books/iBooks app or other PDF viewer.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1


TouchChat with WordPower: a visual guide to getting started (new TPT product)

This visual guide walks you through the initial set up and customization process for the TouchChat with WordPower AAC app.

*** There is one topic per page with visuals ***

It is perfect for those who are brand new to the app and want screenshots for every step in the initial set up, tips on choosing a vocabulary file and customization options to help buttons stand out.


Video overview:


Available for purchase on my TPT store: https://bit.ly/3rDRcT1


Want more specific details about this product?

It is a 40 page PDF that covers the following areas:

• Setting the course

• Presume Potential

• Multimodal Communication

• Involving the child to foster ownership

• Begin with the end in mind

• Core & Fringe Vocabulary

• Importance of having access to a keyboard area

• Tips for choosing a Vocabulary File

• The screen that will be seen during set up

• Screenshots and info about four robust vocab file options that are recommended

• How to copy a vocab file

• Providing the “opportunity” to try a robust vocab file

• Adjusting the settings to help the buttons stand out on the screen

• How to change the Symbol Skin Tone

• Choosing a voice

• Areas on the Home Screen

• How to find the “How To” manual within the app and on the TouchChat website

• TouchChat Users Group on Facebook

• Resources and free webinars on the TouchChat website

• Webinars specifically for parents/caregivers

• Resources on the Saltillo website

• TouchChat’s YouTube Channel

The last page of the PDF has the link to an unlisted YouTube video (11:08) that’s provided to supplement this resource

If you want links to be clickable, please view the PDF in the free Xodo app (https://www.xodo.com), Books/iBooks app or other PDF viewer.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


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

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1