10 Free and Affordable Big Text Apps – list complied by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids (updated 4/22/22)

10 Free & Affordable Big Text Apps:

Free: 9
Affordable: 1 ($2.99)

None of the apps on this list contain ads or require in-app purchases or subscriptions and may be helpful when trying to communicate while wearing a mask. I went grocery shopping a few days ago and found it difficult to communicate while wearing a mask and trying to request specific items and quantities at the deli counter. So that got me searching through my apps to be better prepared for next time. Thankfully apps that were originally designed either for the Deaf or the Hearing Impaired or for use in noisy environments can now be helpful in a world where face masks are common. FYI… iOS Universal apps can be used on an iPhone or iPad. I found Android versions for two of the apps so I have included links for them below… just know I don’t have any Android devices so can’t comment on how well they work or what features are included on that platform.

Each app has different features so it’s important to try them out to see which one(s) may work best for you or in various situations. The descriptions below are based on the features I am seeing on my iPad Pro running iOS 10.3.3 and my iPhone 7 running iOS 13.4.1 so you may see slightly different options depending on your device and iOS running on that device.

Yes…. I have seen the face masks with the clear front but do not have access to one. I have seen mixed info about how easily you can breathe in them and from what I can tell they are difficult to find right now. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has tried one yet.

Of course I have no way to know how long any app will stay free so grab what you want quickly. Prices and availability were verified in the USA App Store at the time I wrote this post at 8:00pm CST on 6/20/20.

1. Just Big Text by David Coufal, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/just-big-text/id380965096, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, (type or use voice recognition, can create messages ahead of time and save for later use, very large full screen text, different font options, different color options for font and background, can sync across devices via iCloud), FREE

2. Make It Big by An Trinh, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/make-it-big/id479282584, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later, (type or use voice recognition, very large full screen text, different font options, different color options for font and background, option for light or dark keyboard, can toggle off “Shake to flash” in the setting in the app (I toggled it off since I was worried about the possibility of the flashing triggering seizures), FREE

3. Audivision by ATeamer, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audivision/id1141299943, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later (type or use voice recognition, can adjust font size in the iPad “Settings” area for this app but the largest setting is not full screen sized), FREE

4. Statement – visual communication and large text by Todd Anderson, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/statement-visual-communication-and-large-text/id1018664801, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later (type or use voice recognition, can create messages ahead of time and save for later use, large full screen text, white text on dark background, no setting options to change font or to change the color of the font or background), FREE

5. Sorenson BuzzCards by Sorenson Communications, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sorenson-buzzcards/id380582593, iOS Universal, iOS 6.0 or later (type or use voice recognition (but voice recognition wasn’t as accurate), can create cards ahead of time and save for later use, cards are searchable and can be titled and organized by categories, black text on yellow background with faint honeycomb pattern, no setting options to change font, font size or to change the color of the font or background), FREE (Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sorenson.buzzcards, FREE)

6. Cardzilla by Ink & Salt LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cardzilla/id623346823, iOS Universal, iOS 13.0 or later (but if previously purchased can download on device running older iOS …. just may not have as many features, type or use voice recognition, white text on black background, no setting options to change font, font size or to change the color of the font or background), has been FREE since December 2019 (Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nulltone.cardzilla, FREE)

7. eyeHear by eyeHear, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/eyehear/id1321200884, iOS Universal, iOS 11.1 or later, (type or use voice recognition, can toggle between white background with black text and black background with white text, no setting options to change font or font size), FREE

8. Hearing Helper – Live Captions by Rob Norback, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hearing-helper-live-captions/id1391454121, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later (can type or use voice recognition, can adjust font size (but the largest setting is not full screen sized), can flip text, no setting options to change font or to change the color of the font or background), currently $2.99

9. Flip Writer AAC – Unique Supports for Speech, Hearing, and Complex Needs by Navanit Arakeri, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flip-writer-aac-unique-supports-for-speech-hearing/id946640730, iPad only, iOS 8.1 or later, usually $49.99, currently FREE

10. Flip Writer AAC Pocket by Navanit Arakeri, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flip-writer-aac-pocket/id1294284906, iPhone or iPod Touch, iOS 10.0 or later, usually $24.99, currently FREE

It’s been over 4 years since the iPad version of Flip Writer has been free & the first time the iPhone version has ever been free. Based on previous pricing history they will likely only be free for a short time so get them quickly.

Updated 4/22/22:

11. Type / ǝdλ⊥, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/type-%C7%9Dd%CE%BB/id1020070997, iOS Universal, iOS 7.1 or later, FREE

Although it hasn’t been updated in many years it currently works on my two iPad 8th gens on iOS 14.5 & iOS 15.4.1 and my iPhone 11 on iOS 14.8.

My guess is this app is the simplicity of this app has allowed it to continue to work without being updated.

I’m sharing it as something that is helpful when you need large text and a dual message window. It is easy to change the size of the text by pinching in/out on the message window.

It could be a good option for AAC users who want something simple to use on their iPhone or IPad and prefer not to have voice output.

But you could enable a voice to have the text spoken by having the following toggled on in the device Settings (gray gear): Accessibility – Spoken Content – Speak Selection. This section is also where you can choose an iOS voice, adjust the rate of speech, have text highlighted when spoken, edit pronunciations, etc.

Want to suggest an iOS app to be added to this list? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page. I’m pretty picky so they need to be well designed apps and for this type of app I don’t want any in-app purchases or subscriptions. If it’s a free app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out. If it’s a reasonably priced paid app ($4.99 or less) and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.

It took time to compile this list so please “tag” OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload it to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseable future.


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

Both versions of the Flip Writer Text to Speech / Speech to Text / Large Text AAC app are currently FREE! Plus info about keyboard extension apps.

This unique Text to Speech / Speech to Text / Large Text AAC app is definitely worth grabbing while it’s FREE! It’s been over 4 years since the iPad version has been free & the first time the iPhone version has ever been free. Based on previous pricing history they will likely only be free for a short time so get them quickly….. I have no way to know when it will revert back to full price. (verified as being available & free in the USA App Store at the time this post was written, 3:50pm CST on 6/20/20)
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Flip Writer AAC – Unique Supports for Speech, Hearing, and Complex Needs by Navanit Arakeri, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flip-writer-aac-unique-supports-for-speech-hearing/id946640730, iPad only, iOS 8.1 or later, usually $49.99.

Alternative keyboard extension apps can be used since this app uses the iOS iPad keyboard (see details below).
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Flip Writer AAC Pocket by Navanit Arakeri, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flip-writer-aac-pocket/id1294284906, iPhone or iPod Touch, iOS 10.0 or later, usually $24.99. I just downloaded it since it’s the first time that it’s been free.

Alternative keyboard extension apps are not an option on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
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This particular app developer decided to release two versions of the app instead of making one Universal iOS app so you’ll need to grab both of these if you want to have it on your iPhone & iPad.
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Be sure to read the info on their website to help you get up to speed on using the app: https://www.flipwriteraac.org
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When using this app on an iPad, you may want to look at a variety of keyboard extension apps. I’ve included screenshots of a few but there are even more options. Exploring alternative keyboards can be a game changer for making typing as a means of AAC accessible. Those apps would require a separate purchase. Scroll down to that section on this blog post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/05/17/ios-apps-for-early-exploration-of-typing-specialized-keyboards-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-founder-of-omazing-kids/. A couple are specifically for kids but the rest would be helpful for a wide range of ages.
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For those who read this post later (after these two apps are no longer free) and are looking for other free and affordable Text to Speech AAC app, take a look at this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/06/11/top-10-free-and-affordable-ios-text-to-speech-aac-apps-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids/.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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*** Archived *** see new resources posted 2/9/22 — Top 11 Free and Affordable iOS Text-Based AAC apps – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids (updated 1/2/22)

This info that was previously in this post has been archived. Please see the most current info in these two resources on TPT (posted 2/9/22 and will be kept updated):

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FYI.. Verbally and Verbally Premium are no longer available for purchase in the App Store as of 2/1/22 so are not included in either of these new resources.


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 AAC related 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

Over 44 under $4: Over 44 iOS Early Numeracy Apps under $4.00 each (34 free) + tips on using them for SLPs

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Over 44 under $4: Here’s a list of over 44 iOS early numeracy apps. In this post I am sharing a mix of paid and free apps that I have used and found to be well designed and helpful.

* Free: 35 apps
* Affordable ($.99 – $3.99 – what you might pay for an item from the Target Dollar Spot, a latte from Starbucks, an item on Teachers Pay Teachers or a Boom Card deck): 13 apps
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Why would an SLP use early numeracy apps?
1. A fun way to target plurals.
2. A fun way to work on concepts of “more” & “less”.
3. Many include early vocabulary.
4. Many kids with Autism and other special needs have a high interest in the predictability and repetition of numbers & counting so these apps are motivating. I had several patients who would do all kinds of other “work” to earn a couple of minutes playing a numbers/counting app at the end of a session. The same is true of alphabet apps.
5. The predictable nature of counting lends itself well to working on intraverbal fill-ins.
6. The abacus style apps can be fun to track productions in articulation drills.
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More info about the importance of early numeracy skills:
* Lots of great suggestions for activities parents can do at home: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/299-help-your-child-develop-early-math-skills
* http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/numeracy/introduction
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1. Finger Glove COUNTING by Classroom Focused Software, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/finger-glove-counting/id1341469919, FREE
2. Finger Glove ADDITION by Classroom Focused Software, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/finger-glove-addition/id1341469963, FREE
3. 10 Bead Math by Classroom Focused Software, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/10-bead-math/id876463366, FREE
4. Number Rack, by MLC by Clarity Innovations, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/number-rack-by-mlc/id1469094747, FREE
5. Rekenrek by mathies by OAME, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rekenrek-by-mathies/id868343670, FREE
6. 100 Yay! by Incandescent Core, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/100-yay/id797742352, FREE
7. Number Frames, by MLC by Clarity Innovations, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/number-frames-by-mlc/id873198123, FREE
8. Tiggly Cardtoons: 25 Interactive Counting Stories by Tiggly, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tiggly-cardtoons-25-interactive-counting-stories/id923540012 (can be used without their styluses), FREE
9. Tiggly Chef Addition: Preschool Math Cooking Game by Tiggly, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tiggly-chef-addition-preschool-math-cooking-game/id923367559 (can be used without their styluses), FREE
10. Farm 123 – Learn to count by StoryToys Entertainment Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/farm-123-learn-to-count/id526322778, currently FREE
11. Good Night Bo: Read-Aloud Book by Wala Bear Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/good-night-bo-read-aloud-book/id1455604118, currently FREE
12. The Lonely Beast 123 – Preschool Number Counting by James Kelleher, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-lonely-beast-123-preschool-number-counting/id646406000, currently FREE
13. Meet the Numberblocks! by Blue-Zoo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/meet-the-numberblocks/id1445555400, FREE
14. Little Elephants (Elefantitos) Numbers by Encantos Media Studios, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-elephants-elefantitos-numbers/id1165150613, FREE
15. 10 fingers + by Marbotic, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/10-fingers/id733960020 (parts of it can be used without their wooden number styluses), FREE
16. Montessorium: Intro to Math by Higher Ground Education Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/montessorium-intro-to-math/id381064973, currently FREE
17. TouchMath Counting by TouchMath Acquisition LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchmath-counting/id719791250, currently FREE
18. TouchMath Jungle Addition 1 by TouchMath Acquisition LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchmath-jungle-addition-1/id884856080, currently FREE
19. TouchCounts by Nathalie Sinclair, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchcounts/id897302197, FREE
20. Counting Marbles by NumberShapes LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/counting-marbles/id1254726142, FREE
21. Toddler Counting by iTot Apps, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/toddler-counting/id356807235, FREE
22. 123Babycount by Wayne Smith, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/123babycount/id600693650, FREE
23. Butterfly Math Addition by Yuvika Mandhyan, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/butterfly-math-addition/id484002905, FREE
24. Kids Learning – My First Numbers Counting Game by Innovative Investments Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kids-learning-my-first-numbers-counting-game/id419028468, FREE
25. Numbers and Number Words by Good Neighbor Press, Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/numbers-and-number-words/id439816682, currently FREE
26. 123 Numbers – Count & Tracing by RV AppStudios LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/123-numbers-count-tracing/id1210356444, FREE

27. Math Kids – Add,Subtract,Count by RV AppStudios LLC
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/math-kids-add-subtract-count/id1272098657

28. Feed the Monkey by Busy Things Limited, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/feed-the-monkey/id600524229, FREE
29. LudiTab Numeration by SEJER, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/luditab-numeration/id1275103847, FREE
30. Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-kids/id1378467217, FREE (organized by type of activity and age/grade)
31. Elmo Loves 123s Lite by Sesame Street, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/elmo-loves-123s-lite/id708551925, FREE (numbers 1-3, get full paid version of the app for all numbers 1-20)
32. Learn Drawing Numbers for Kids by Bini Bambini Academy, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/learn-drawing-numbers-for-kids/id883610447 (FREE (numbers 1-4), has IAP for additional content. Love how it guides you through the tracing and then your drawing is animated.
33. Endless Numbers by Originator Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/endless-numbers/id804360921, FREE (numbers 1-5), has IAPs for additional content (or get full paid version of the app)
34. Quick Math Jr. by Shiny Things, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/quick-math-jr/id926078360, FREE, has IAP for additional content
35. Numbers Farm Nursery Maths KS1 by BrightWare Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/numbers-farm-nursery-maths-ks1/id1203229439, $.99
36. Little Critter Numbers by Oceanhouse Media, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-critter-numbers/id893661053, $.99
37. 123 Star Gurus by Colto, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/123-star-gurus/id976534404, $.99
38. Count to 10: Learn Numbers with Montessori by EDOKI ACADEMY, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/count-to-10-learn-numbers-with-montessori/id577153082, $1.99
39. Jazzy 123 – Count with Music by The Melody Book, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jazzy-123-count-with-music/id546207474, $1.99
40. Mabell’s Zoo by Brenda Long, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mabells-zoo/id712415904, $1.99
41. Bugs and Numbers by Little Bit Studio, LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bugs-and-numbers/id577575295, $2.99
42. Little Digits Finger Counting by Cowly Owl Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-digits-finger-counting/id511606843, $2.99
43. TallyTots Counting by Little 10 Robot, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tallytots-counting/id424070269, $2.99
44. Drive About Numbers by Artgig Studio, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drive-about-numbers/id864136403, $2.99
45. Yum-Yum Numbers: count & write by Kindermatica Ltd., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yum-yum-numbers-count-write/id1046482589, $2.99
46. Montessori Numbers for Kids by L’Escapadou, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/montessori-numbers-for-kids/id547209737, $3.99
47. Count with your fingers! by Génération 5, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/count-with-your-fingers/id803964961, $3.99

48. Lake Hope: Learning Numbers by Peekaboo Studios LLC
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lake-hope-learning-numbers/id441150471, FREE

49. BabyFirst Find Little Dot 1-10 by BabyFirst
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/babyfirst-find-little-dot-1-10/id913615317, FREE
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Want to suggest an iOS app to be added to this list? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page. I’m pretty picky so they need to be well designed apps and be transparent/honest about any IAPs or subscriptions and not have any ads. If it’s a free app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can download and try it out. If it’s a paid app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads is compatible in order to try it out.

It took me quite a bit of time to compile this list so please “tag” OMazing Kids when sharing it on social media and do not copy/paste it onto other blogs or documents or upload it to servers. I have it available here on my blog and plan on keeping my blog up for the foreseable future.

Thanks,
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
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A Final Farewell to the Speech with Milo series of apps

It’s sad to say a final farewell to the entire series of the Speech with Milo apps 😢. See the details on this post on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. There has been some good discussion in the comments section about how much folks loved the apps and about the sustainability of apps in the future: https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3163202193730764/

I recently discovered that they were all missing from the App Store so I e-mailed the app developer to find out whether or not they would be returning. I didn’t have much hope this time since they were even gone from my “Purchased” area, their Facebook page had disappeared and their other social media sites were dormant.

The app developer should be proud that their series of apps was so well loved by multitudes of SLPs and kids. I had several patients over the years who would specifically request Milo.

We have lost lots of fabulous apps in the years since iOS 11 was released. Many app developers couldn’t afford to keep updating them or had to pick a few to update and let the others disappear. I guess I was so surprised that all of these particular apps disappeared since they had been around so long and at one point this developer was even collaborating with PRC.

If you have an older iPad with these apps currently installed on it and the apps are still working, then you will only continue to have them as long as you leave them installed and don’t update the iOS on that device. Unfortunately I only had a couple installed since I am retired. The iPad Pro that I purposefully kept on iOS 10.3.3 is starting to feel like a time capsule full of apps that are from a bygone era…. what I now think of as the “golden age of apps”. We see far fewer new apps released now and many developers have gone the route of subscriptions and/or in-app purchases to attempt to remain sustainable.

Here is the reply that I received: “Hi Angela, Yes, unfortunately they have been removed from the App Store. The last iOS update took them down and we are not able to update them. We are so very sad to discontinue them after 10+ years. Thank you for reaching out. – Poorani”

http://www.speechwithmilo.com

Speech with Milo: Verbs

Speech with Milo: Sequencing

Speech with Milo: Articulation Board Game PRO

Speech with Milo: Articulation Board Game

Speech with Milo: Prepositions

Speech with Milo: Adjectives

Speech with Milo: Nouns

Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook

(Spanish) Speech with Milo: Verbs

(Spanish) Speech with Milo: Prepositions

Feelings with Milo

Language Lab: Spin and Speak Social Skills

Language Lab: ing Verbs + Prepositions

Language Lab: Adjectives

Speech with Milo: Therapy Tool Kit

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

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