Can You Hear My AAC? Three Options for Amplifying Sound on an iPad: iPad Pro, External Bluetooth Speakers & iPad Cases with a Built-In Bluetooth Speaker (+ a 4th app-specific option)

Like anything else related to AAC it’s wise to weigh the pros & cons to help decide what model of iPad, case and speaker may be the best fit for that user’s needs and the environments they will be in. This should be part of what’s considered during an AAC & feature matching.

Traditional SGDs have built in speakers but not everyone has a funding source to pay for those much more expensive devices and the weight of them can be too heavy for many AAC users to carry.

Some wheelchairs for very young children are too lightweight for that type of heavy SGD to be mounted to it.

The weight of traditional SGDs is a common factor that I see mentioned related to device abandonment. So that should always be considered during the AAC evaluation and feature matching process.

I get pretty frequent requests for info about ways to amplify the sound on an iPad when using it for AAC. Thankfully Apple has improved the sound loudness and sound quality in the basic iPad model over the years. But in noisier settings it can still be a little difficult to hear.

This blog post is focused on sound amplification when the iPad is being used for AAC.

There are primarily three options:

  1. Purchase an iPad Pro. It is louder than an iPad 8th gen or iPad 9th gen since the iPad Pro has four speakers vs. two speakers in those base models.
  2. Purchase an external Bluetooth speaker that can either be attached to a carrying strap or worn.
  3. Purchase a case with a built-in Bluetooth speaker (or one that allows that to be added).

See a 4th app-specific option at the end of this post.


Option 1 (iPad Pro): Here’s a video showing the sound on my iPad Pro 9.7”. Sound loudness was ~ 80dB (measured with the Decibel X app on my iPhone 11) which was just slightly less than the Tobii Dynavox Speech Case (see info below). It’s likely that newer iPad Pro models would have even better sound output.

iPad Pro 11 inch $799

iPad Pro 11 inch

Pros: Having the increased volume without having the extra weight associated with having a case with built-in speakers or the drain that using Bluetooth speakers puts on the iPad battery.

Cons: Significantly higher price and kid-friendly cases can be more difficult to find for that model of iPad.

At the time of this post the price for the least expensive iPad Pro 11” was $799. The price for the least expensive iPad 9th gen 10.2” was $329 ($470 less than the least expensive iPad Pro on Apple’s website. Even less expensive if you get the $269.99 deal currently available on Amazon Prime).

Kid-friendly & AAC-friendly iPad Cases for the iPad Pro 11:

PRC-Saltillo’s new VersaWrap Case has a built-in stand and the Bluetooth speaker is optional so you won’t need to purchase that if you have an iPad Pro 11”. The VersaWrap 10.1 case was designed to fit several different similarly sized iPad models (iPad 7th 8th, 9th, 10th Gen; iPad Air 4th, 5th Gen; iPad Pro 11 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Gen). This will hopefully will allow it to remain a sustainable option for years to come. It is available on Amazon (https://a.co/d/4buZfTy) and their website (https://store.prc-saltillo.com/versawrap-f19142). It comes in 5 colors (black, grey, blue, pink, purple). Weight: 9.6 oz. (.6 lb). They also offer one sized to fit the iPad Pro 12.9” so be sure to look closely prior to ordering. Price: $75.00.

Total cost: iPad Pro 11 ($799, 128GB) + VersaWrap ($75) = $874 (+ taxes and shipping)


iPad 9th gen, $329 (often less expensive on Amazon or Best Buy)

The iPad 9th gen, $329, 64 GB is currently my top pick for an affordable iPad being used just for AAC and AAC-related apps (like Pictello and alternative keyboard apps). Sound loudness of iPad 8th gen and iPad 9th gen in a Pepkoo case: ~ 76.6 dB (measured with Decibel X app on my iPhone 11).

If you plan on embedding lots of videos or saving music on that iPad or you are an SLP who will also be loading therapy apps, then you should get the 256GB model ($479). There aren’t enough features relevant to supporting AAC use to warrant the huge price difference in the new iPad 10th gen ($449, 64GB or $599, 256GB) and the case options would be very limited for that model. If you plan on using external eye tracker hardware then you need to research the exact model of iPad needed to support that before making your purchasing decision.

If an iPad is out of your price range, see my blog posts about affordable AAC:

Option 2 (External Bluetooth Speaker): Options for good Bluetooth speakers has changed over the years. My “go to” for an inexpensive lightweight Bluetooth speaker that had great sound quality and didn’t drop off the first part of the message was the iON Clipster. I often clipped it onto a carrying strap or attached it with super strength Velcro.

Here a blast from the past. The iON Clipster + the GripCase case in 2014. I own two iON Clipsters and they still work. The maximum loudness is about 85dB (measured with the Decibel X app on my iPhone):

Unfortunately the iON Clipster hasn’t been available for several years.

Links to current recommended options (will likely change as these options disappear and new ones come on the market):

Anker Soundcore Icon Mini
  • Anker Soundcore Icon Mini (Amazon, $29.99, 8 hrs of use per charge, waterproof, 6.4 oz. While I haven’t personally had a need to order one I’ve seen a couple of AAC specialists recommend it for use in especially loud settings but they indicated that the weight and design may not be as good as the Noxgear 39g): https://a.co/d/iS91sD9
Noxgear 39g
  • Noxgear 39g (Amazon, $59.95 (usually $69.95), 39 grams (1.38 oz.), 15 hrs of use per charge). While I haven’t personally had a need to order one I’ve seen several AAC specialists recommend it. Occasionally I’ve seen comments that it wasn’t quite loud enough for a school cafeteria or community outings. To be honest if a speaker could get that loud I might be concerned about the risk of hearing damage. I’d also be teaching the AAC user skills to approach a communication partner and gaining their attention. Amazon: https://a.co/d/fUlqlC6

The JBL Clip 3 isn’t recommended since some folks reported that it sometimes cuts off the first part of the message.

Kid-friendly & AAC-friendly iPad Cases for the iPad 10.2” (iPad 7th, 8th & 9th gen). I’d add a high quality tempered glass screen protector. I prefer that over cases that have a built in flimsy plastic screen protector. A shoulder carrying strap could be added to thicker foam cases by drilling holes. See a picture in my in-depth blog post about cases: https://bit.ly/iPadCasesPepkooAndMore.

Pepkoo
Combined weight of iPad 8th gen in a Pepkoo case = 1 lb, 12.2 oz.
  • Pepkoo (My favorite case, lightweight, affordable, available in several fun colors, attached sturdy rotating stand that doubles as carrying handle (lays flush enough that the case doesn’t wobble when laid flat on a table); $20.99 on Amazon): https://a.co/d/5zJmNO0. Combined weight of iPad 8th gen in a Pepkoo case = 1 lb, 12.2 oz. (weighed on my postal scale). Sound loudness with iPad 8th gen and iPad 9th gen in this case: ~ 76.6 dB (measured with Decibel X app on my iPhone 11)
Pepkoo Triple Shockproof
  • Pepkoo Triple Shockproof (I prefer the original Pepkoo but this model has the extra feature of a shoulder carrying strap; $26.99 on Amazon): https://a.co/d/0fvvQsm
Rug-Ed Buddy 10
Combined weight of iPad 8th gen in a Rug-Ed Buddy 10 case = 1 lb, 11oz.
Rug-Ed Journey 10
Rug-Ed ProLOCK 10 with SwivelRing
Fintie Rotating Rugged Case
GoNow Case + Accessories Kit to add stand cover and carrying strap
  • Go Now Case. Weight not listed, $99.00 case, $10.00 shoulder strap, $39.00 cover stand. If you need the ultimate protective case that requires a screwdriver to remove it, my top pick is the GoNow Case + add the accessories for a a shoulder carrying strap and cover stand. I’d get a high quality tempered glass screen protector instead of the one that they offer. This is my “go to” when it’s needed for protection. The cons are this case is heavier, more expensive and I don’t like this type of stand as well as a rotating ring stand: https://www.attainmentcompany.com/gonow-case-for-ipads-10-2-and-10-5, accessories: https://www.attainmentcompany.com/gonow-case-accessories

Total cost: iPad 9th gen ($329) + external Bluetooth speaker ($29.99-$69.95) + one of the cases with an attached rotating ring stand ($20.99-$29.99) = $379.98-$428.94 (+ taxes and shipping)


Option 3 (iPad Cases with a built-in Bluetooth speaker (or one that allows that to be added). The options for these have also varied over the years. Every time Apple changes the specs for the base model of iPad many companies that used to offer cases haven’t been able to afford to keep offering different models of cases.

Info about current recommended options (will likely change as these options disappear and new ones come on the market):

LogansVoice iPad 10.2” Case

LoganTech’s LogansVoice iPad Cases:

Total cost: iPad 9th gen ($329) + LogansVoice 10.2” case ($399) = $728 (+ taxes and shipping)

PRC-Saltillo’s new VersaWrap Case has a built-in stand and they will have a VersaSpeaker Bluetooth speaker that can be inserted to transform this into a case with an embedded speaker. There is also a spot to add an Apple AirTag.

The VersaWrap 10.1 case was designed to fit several different similarly sized iPad models which hopefully will allow it to remain a sustainable option for years to come. It is available on Amazon (https://a.co/d/4buZfTy) and their website (https://store.prc-saltillo.com/versawrap-f19142). It comes in 5 colors (black, grey, blue, pink, purple). Weight: 9.6 oz. (.6 lb). They also offer one sized to fit the iPad Pro 12.9” so be sure to look closely prior to ordering. Price: $75.00 (on sale for $60.00 (20% off) during their Cyber Sale event 11/25/22 through midnight 11/28/22. Sale is available on Amazon & their website)

The optional VersaSpeaker will reportedly be $149.00 but it isn’t available yet. The VersaWrap user guide shows an optional carrying strap but I haven’t seen any details about that yet.

*** I hope to be able to borrow the VersaWrap after the VersaSpeaker is available so I can do sound and weight tests and try out the various stand positions *** So be watching this section for more info…

Total cost: iPad 9th gen ($329) + VersaWrap ($75.00) + VersaSpeaker ($149.00) = $553 (+ taxes and shipping)

Tobii Dynavox’s Speech Case:

Available for the 10.2” iPad (7th, 8th & 9th gen) and the iPad Mini 6. Cost of SpeechCase: $399.00: https://www.tobiidynavox.com/products/speech-case

I was able to borrow the 10.2” sized Speech Case to try out so I have firsthand info to share on this particular case.

Here’s my sound comparison test of an iPad 8th gen in a Speech Case vs an iPad 8th gen in a case without an external speaker. Sound loudness with iPad 8th gen in the Speech Case: ~ 85 dB (measured with Decibel X app on my iPhone 11)

Here’s a video showing a close look at the features:

And a video showing it disassembled so you can see the parts:

Weight: Combined weight of iPad 8th gen in the Speech Case = 2 lbs, 12.4 oz.

Total cost: iPad 9th gen ($329) + Speech Case ($399) = $728 (+ taxes and shipping)


A 4th app-specific option:

  • Proloquo2Go has Whisper, Loud & Shout volume buttons in the Tools Popup. I created a test phrase “This is a test of the Ella voice on Proloquo2Go” on an iPad 8th gen in a Pepkoo case and measured the loudness with the Decibel X app on my iPhone 11:
    • Whisper = 63 dB
    • Loud = 73.8 dB
    • Shout = 81.8 dB (digitally boosted sound with minimal reduction in sound quality)
    • Manually setting the iPad to the loudest setting = 76.6 dB

The GoTalk Now app has an option in the app Settings – Text to Speech Settings – Acapela TTS Volume Boost – options for No Boost, Slight Boost, Medium Boost & Heavy Boost. Whether or not that “boost” made a difference varied by the voice being used. This setting would then always be used vs. having a way for the user to choose a loudness option based on the situation.

Several other robust AAC apps offered a way to adjust the volume within the app but the “shout” or highest setting didn’t boost the sound beyond the iPad loudest volume. I’ll be adding a row related to those settings in the next update for my AAC feature matching resources.


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


Know of great options for cases or Bluetooth speakers that I should take a look at? Have questions? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


Disclaimers: This blog post may be updated in the future as options change. Prices & availability were correct at the time this post was published but could change at any time. It’s wise to double check info prior to making purchasing decisions. I am not making patient-specific recommendations and am not liable for any purchasing decisions.


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

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Basic Feature Chart for Affordable and Free AAC Apps (updated 11-24-22)

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).

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-112422-Basic-Feature-Chart-for-Affordab-V7V4GM7G9 or on 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 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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Split View AAC Mash-Up: TouchChat with WordPower + IssieDocs + Thankful Turkey PDF

I’ve been having fun exploring combining AAC apps with other things via Split View (also known as Split Screen or Multitasking).

My video shows TouchChat with WordPower + the new free IssieDocs app + a free Thankful Turkey PDF worksheet.

Video:


Apps & PDF featured in my video:

* TouchChat with WordPower: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchchat-hd-aac-w-wordpower/id412351574 (they usually have a 50% off sale on this AAC app in May & in October. 30-day free trial anytime via their TouchChat Discover app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchchat-discover/id427022529). This is a robust iOS symbol-based AAC app. In-depth info about it can be found in my feature matching resource (TPT: https://bit.ly/SymbolBasedAACapps. Blog post: https://bit.ly/SymbolBasedAACblogpost)

Also see their website: https://touchchatapp.com


* IssieDocs: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/issiedocs/id1469032311 (FREE worksheet editor and digital binder app)

They have several fabulous FREE apps: https://tech.beitissie.org.il/en/our-apps/. Watch their webinar for in-depth info and fun implementation ideas. Info about IssieDocs starts at 42:43 in the webinar (note: the webinar was recorded prior to English being added to the app but use and editing info is the same)


* Thankful Turkey worksheet PDF: https://bit.ly/ThankfulTurkeyPDF (FREE, website: https://www.printabulls.com/holidays/thanksgiving/i-am-thankful-for-printables/)


See this blog post for another example of using Split Screen: Gestalt Language Processing & Using Google Maps to Communicate: https://bit.ly/AACandGoogleMaps.


Want to know which other AAC apps support use of Split Screen? I’m adding that info to my in-depth and up to date AAC feature matching resources: https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


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 13 iOS Text-Based AAC Apps (11/22/22)

This resource has been updated. The PAROL+ app was removed since it has totally disappeared from the App Store. The HandySpeech app was added in its place. I get pretty frequent requests for info about handwriting-to-text-to-speech AAC so it made sense to add this app. The SayIt! Easy AAC app changed to a “freenium” pricing model. So if you already had this app be sure to tap “Restore Purchases” to get full access without having to pay a subscription or be charged for the much higher app price.

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-13-iOS-Text-Based-AAC-Apps-7740844

Ko-fi recurring monthly subscribers can find the download link on today’s post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Updated-Text-Based-AAC-Feature-Matching-Chart-11-V7V8GJZM9 or on 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 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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Perfect tablet sleeve to fit the Rug-Ed Buddy 10 or Pepkoo 10.2” iPad Case (7th, 8th, 9th gen)

My video shows a great protective sleeve that will fit the Pepkoo and Rud-Ed Buddy 10 cases:


I always take my iPad with me when I travel and have tried TONS of protective sleeves but had a difficult time finding one that would fit my iPad 8th gen in the Pepkoo case or my iPad 9th gen in the Rug-Ed Buddy 10 case.

Most iPad or tablet sleeves are designed to fit an iPad that either isn’t in a case or is in a very slim case. Or there were oversized sleeves designed for a Chromebook or laptop. Those were too bulky.

I finally found the perfect option on Amazon: Dadanism 9-11 Inch Tablet Sleeve Case for iPad 10.2 2019-2021, iPad Pro 11 2018-2021, iPad Air 4 10.9 2020, Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 2020, Lenovo Tab M10 Plus 10.3, Tablet Protective Sleeve Bag, Night Blue, https://a.co/d/6DAfnoh. Exterior Dimensions: 12.2” x 9.45” x 0.98”.


See my blog post about iPad Cases with Rotating Stand for iPad 7th gen / 8th gen / 9th gen: Pepkoo & Rug-Ed Buddy 10 (plus cases for Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite tablet, Samsung Galaxy A03s phone, and Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet): https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/04/30/pepkoo-ipad-8th-gen-case-features/


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


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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AAC Apps and Features At-a-Glance (Single Page Handouts)

New Resource: AAC Apps and Features At-a-Glance (Single Page Handouts). https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/AAC-Apps-and-Features-At-a-Glance-Single-Page-Handouts-8799502

TPT preview video:


This 90 page PDF resource was inspired by the numerous requests that I’ve received for simple “at a glance” info about features in AAC apps and single page handouts that could be used with parents, caregivers and anyone involved in the AAC decision making process.


Table of Contents:

A Preview Sample PDF is available for this resource on TPT. It includes the Table of Contents and a few sample pages.


This resource includes:

• A hyperlinked Table of Contents to jump straight to a page. Tap in the top left corner to jump back to the Table of Contents (when being used digitally)

• 11 Features At-a-Glance Handouts

• 36 AAC App Summary At-a-Glance Handouts (see Table of Contents for a list)

• 12 Gestalt Language Processing & AAC Handouts

• 4 Just-a-List Lists of Free AAC apps Handouts

• 2 unlisted videos (5 min demo of how to view 2 pages side-by-side using Split View & a 20 min Resource Overview)

• Links to additional resources

• How to contact me with questions (includes my email address exclusive to TPT)


These will be helpful on either side of an AAC evaluation that involves feature matching and trials of a few options:

Beforehand to help simplify the process of knowing which apps and/or features you might want to consider during an AAC eval

Afterwards to place at-a-glance sheets side by side as a reminder of apps that were included in the trials and help simplify the process of deciding which ones warrant a longer term trial or which one might be selected for submission in a funding request.

• These can also be helpful during the feature matching process to help provide simple explanations about some of the features and why they might be important.


It would be impossible to include all of the features in a particular AAC app on a single page handout. These are just “highlights”. These handouts should be used alongside (not instead of) in-depth up to date feature matching resources.


This resource is optimized for both printed and digital use:

Printed:

• Print a single page first to see if you need to choose “shrink to fit” on your printer. Print pages and place them side-by-side to compare features or apps.

• In order to keep the aesthetic of single page handouts the pages are not numbered. If you want to add page numbers, either write them or use a PDF editing app to add them.

Digital:

• The Table of Contents has hyperlinks to tap a page number to jump straight to that page. Tap the top left corner on any page to return to the Table of Contents.

• There a few other underlined hyperlinks in this resource to take you straight to additional information. I purposefully did not include App Store links since those can vary by country and aren’t always redirected.

• There are several options to view two pages side-by-side to compare features or apps:

• Use two iPads or tablets or open on two windows on a laptop.

• On iPadOS 13.0 or later, save the PDF in two different PDF viewer apps and use Split View to view them. The demo video included in the resource shows how.

• The PDF Expert and GoodNotes 5 apps offer a way to view two documents side-by-side within that one app


Looking for in-depth info about features AAC apps? Check out these resources:

• iOS Symbol-Based: https://bit.ly/SymbolBasedAACapps

• iOS Text-Based: https://bit.ly/TextBasedAACapps

• Visual Scenes & Video Visual Scenes: https://bit.ly/AACvsd

• AAC Feature Matching Resource Bundle (includes all three, save 10%): https://bit.ly/aacFeatureMatchingBundle. If you are looking to purchase resources for several staff / team members, take a look at the Multiple Licenses discount (saves 20%)

• Robust Android AAC Apps (Google Play & Amazon Fire): https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACappChart

• Affordable and Free AAC apps & AAC-Related Apps (iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Windows & a few web-based options): https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACchart


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

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Visual Tools for Prioritizing AAC Features

Visual Tools for Prioritizing AAC Features. Available on my TPT Store: https://bit.ly/VisualToolsAAC

This 42 page PDF includes visuals and worksheets to be used as tools when prioritizing the features needed most in an AAC app for that individual.

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AAC app features are prioritized using the following scale:

• Critical: Features that an AAC app MUST have in order to be of any use for this individual

• Important: Features that an AAC app needs to have in order for it to be of much use for this individual

• Nice to Have: Features that would be beneficial but not essential for that individual

• Optional: Features that wouldn’t necessarily benefit the individual right now

• Not Needed: Features that are not needed for this individual now or in the foreseeable future

The following visual tools and worksheets are included:

• Relevant Info About the AAC User worksheet

• Priority Levels handout

• 25 Priority Tokens (a page with 25 token, 5 for each priority level)

• 5 Priority Brainstorming worksheets (5 pages, 1 for each priority level)

• 42 Feature Comparison Cards (40 features + 2 blank cards, 2 per page. Includes cards for several features that might be uniquely helpful for Gestalt Language Processors)

• Ideas for Use handout (including suggestions to facilitate participation of the AAC user in the decision making process)

Bonus Content: An alternative version with 4 pages per sheet is included as Bonus Content in this resource for those who want an easy way to print smaller cards.


Ideas for Use:

• Print, cut out & laminate to create a reusable tool. Write on it with a fine tip dry erase marker. The priority token can just be laid on a card or you could use Velcro.

• Print in black/white or grayscale, cut out and use as worksheets to write on. Use a glue stick to attach the priority token to each card.

• The last two cards are blank to use for any additional features that may be significant for that individual AAC user.

• Etc…


This resource was designed to be printable. If you want to use it digitally you can save the PDF on an iPad or tablet and annotate it in the free Xodo or iLovePDF apps or another PDF app of your choice. Note: The priority tokens are NOT moveable when the PDF is viewed. Instead I would annotate the priority level on the cards.


Other resources available:

• Navigating Through AAC App Options (Webinar + Interactive Handout): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Navigating-Through-AAC-App-Options-Webinar-Interactive-Handout-8446159

• AAC Test Drive: Device and App Comparison Worksheet: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/AAC-Test-Drive-Device-and-App-Comparison-Worksheet-8213870


Looking for in-depth info about features AAC apps? Check out these resources:

• iOS Symbol-Based: https://bit.ly/SymbolBasedAACapps

• iOS Text-Based: https://bit.ly/TextBasedAACapps

• Visual Scenes & Video Visual Scenes: https://bit.ly/AACvsd

• AAC Feature Matching Resource Bundle (includes all three, save 10%): https://bit.ly/aacFeatureMatchingBundle. If you are looking to purchase resources for several staff / team members, take a look at the Multiple Licenses discount (saves 20%)

• Robust Android AAC Apps (Google Play & Amazon Fire): https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACappChart

• Affordable and Free AAC apps & AAC-Related Apps (iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Windows & a few web-based options): https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACchart


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

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AAC & Communication Repairs

I’ve received quite a few requests for info about using AAC to clarify spoken communication and for info about “communication repair” ideas for AAC users. Quite a few AAC apps have this type of content or there is a way to import it. These screenshots are examples of “Communication Repairs” vocabulary. See caption under each pic for more info.

Info about the Senner-Baud social pages can be found on the Technology & Language Center, Inc. website: https://talcaac.com/add-on-social-pages/. They have “how to” videos that show how to import/add them to each app. It’s important to follow the exact steps in their videos for it to work properly.


A communication repair page in the Motor Plan 30 pageset in TD Snap (UK version is available now, the USA version is coming in January/February 2023). I added more to it by copying and pasting buttons from the Aphasia pageset and some from the Senner-Baud social pages that I had imported into the Core First pageset.


The Quick page in Avaz AAC (40 pictures per screen grid size, most recent update with new interface)


A screenshot of the Messages page from Super Core 50 in Grid for iPad (or Grid 3 on Windows devices)


A screenshot from Voco Chat in Grid for iPad (or Grid 3 on Windows devices). This page is found under My Toolkit – Can I give you a clue.


This is a page within a fairly robust communication book that I built with the largest grid size (49 buttons, 7×7) in GoTalk Now Plus. It was influenced by this type of content in other apps. The “!” button has an eight button popup with quick words that can be accessed while on any page in the app.

Notes:

  • The free download link for the fairly robust Communication Book that I built is available by request for members of the GoTalk Now AAC & GoVisual Visual Scene Apps – Ideas and Sharing Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup. Join the group and then send your request to me via a private message on my OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook page. I will then check the group to verify your membership.
  • I have only created this Communication Book in English since that is my native language.
  • This Communication Book is way too large to upload to the GoTalk Now Online Gallery.
  • Please only request it if you have GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus.
  • There is NOT a way to import a Communication Book into the free GoTalk Now Lite app or the inexpensive GoTalk Start app.

The Clues page from Proloquo2Go. On 7 x 11 grid in Crescendo Intermediate Core this page is found on Home 2 – Clues.


The Repair page in the subscription-based Proloquo + Proloquo Coach app.


The Clues page from Clicker Communicator AAC. This is found in Clicker Core 3 vocabulary – Chat – Clues.


The Repairs page from the Senner-Baud social pages imported into the WordPower 60 Basic vocabulary in TouchChat with WordPower. The zipped file has these for nine different vocab file sizes.


The Repairs page from the Senner-Baud social pages imported and added to the Sidebar in Quick Core 60 in CoughDrop.


The Phrases area in Speech Assistant AAC. This very affordable text-based AAC app is easy to customize and allows an emoji, picture or symbol to be added to a button to help it stand out. I’ve rearranged some of the phrases to group them for conversational repair and added to it.


I am sharing these as examples in case you were looking for apps that offer this type of content or are thinking of adding this type of vocabulary to an your AAC app.

As always, it’s best to include the AAC user in customizing their own system… including what they want added, where they want to add it, what symbols they want to use, etc…


Looking for in-depth and up to date info about features AAC apps? Check out these resources: https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


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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