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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Dear Future AAC App Developers – Thinking about developing a new AAC app? Here are my thoughts… (current AAC app developers lean in & listen… this post is for you too) – updated 10/23/22

Thinking about developing a new AAC app? I do quite a bit of beta testing and am asked pretty frequently for my feedback on AAC app development. Here are my thoughts…

The top 3 needs that I see for AAC apps:

1. Relevant: There is a need for robust AAC apps in a wider variety/diversity of languages and dialects (content, symbols & voices). Ideally these need to be developed in conjunction with native speakers of that language to insure accuracy and cultural relevance of the content, symbols and voices.

2. Portable: There is a need for more AAC apps to be usable on an iPhone & Android phone. I get numerous requests every month for info about the options. Sadly more than half of the robust iOS symbol-based AAC apps can only be used on an iPad. I had several older kids, teens and young adults that preferred the portability and the “look” of pocket-sized AAC on their phone. Some used it as an alternative to their larger device. Others used it as their primary AAC.

Some app developers claim that it would be impossible to offer their app on an iPhone because it would “mess with the motor plan” or “the buttons would be too small”. Hmm… somehow Speak for Yourself did this way back in 2016 and their app has 120 buttons per page and is a “motor planning” based app. In the years since then I’ve seen several posts from AAC users, parents, SLPs, teachers, etc. who all appreciate the flexibility that this offers. The screen on the largest iPhones are only a couple of inches smaller than an iPad Mini. Even on my iPhone 11 with its 6.1” screen I’m able to use this app well enough to do some modeling and use it all the time to take a look at the Settings area to answer questions about the app when I don’t have my iPad with me.

Read these posts on the Speak for Yourself website: https://speakforyourself.org/does-aac-button-size-really-matter/ & https://speakforyourself.org/tiny-speak-coming-soon-iphones/. A quote from the second post: “The buttons are small, BUT they are twice the size of the keyboard buttons that we all use, including our students who flawlessly use mom or dad’s phone to search for videos on YouTube. Many of our users will be able to access Tiny Speak for Yourself (Tiny SfY), but even if they are not able to access it, having the app on an iPhone also puts the ability to model seamlessly into the hands of parents, professionals…and siblings. That may be the biggest game changer of Tiny SfY.”

Look at the data and the button size comparisons. Look at the pictures and video of it in use. Read the linked blog posts about the impact of having this option.

It’s doable. Not saying it’s easy for developers to reprogram an app to make it iOS Universal. I’m sure it takes a lot of work. But if you listen to your customers it’s one of the biggest needs. So listen, roll up your sleeves and make it happen.

3. Affordable: We need more robust AAC options that can be used on the more affordable tablets (Amazon Fire & Android). I’ve been getting numerous messages from folks who don’t have access to getting an AAC device funded or are tired of professionals saying their child isn’t “ready”. In these instances the total cost of an Amazon Fire tablet or basic Android tablet + case + AAC app = affordable enough for the parent to purchase it themselves. Not everyone can afford an iPad.


Here are my other thoughts based on over 30 years of experience in AAC and using lots of AAC apps across all of the platforms:

• Any new AAC app needs to support robust communication for a wide variety of functions. There are already several simple choice making apps on the market. Robust AAC contains many different types of words (verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, articles/determiners & interjections), includes Core Vocabulary & Fringe Vocabulary (relevant to that user’s culture, interests and needs), includes Prestored Phrases (to support quick participation), Word Forms (verb tenses, word endings), allows editing to add new vocabulary and customize existing vocabulary, and a way to backup customizations.

Most robust AAC apps offer a Search/Word Finder. The lack of a Search/Word Finder can be a significant issue for those supporting lots of AAC users across multiple systems since they may not use that particular app everyday.

There needs to be a balance between safeguards to help insure an AAC app is used as designed to provide robust AAC & flexibility in editing. When AAC apps are too restrictive in editing it makes it difficult to make sure the content and symbols are culturally relevant, honor that user’s and their family’s customs and religious beliefs and that they are not racially biased. It’s difficult to do that when much/most of the app can’t be edited.

There also needs to be flexibility to allow editing in order to allow use of robust elements like verb tenses and word endings even if that individual is using a low cell count grid size in order to support access for fine motor and visual needs.

• Take a good look at the major AAC apps on the market and determine what specific features your new app would offer that are not already available.

Get input from AAC users regarding features they think would be helpful.

• Do lots of beta testing to insure the app is intuitive / easy to use.

• You should only offer an AAC app that is truly worth having and meets needs. There are several free or very cheap AAC apps on the market. But you rarely see them mentioned or recommended because they are so poorly designed.

• Offer a fully featured free trial for at least 30 days (preferably at least 60 days) & include access to any extra pagesets / vocab files / grid sets / board sets during that trial. This access needs to be available on the device that the individual might actually be using (as an example, having a free trial on Windows isn’t really going to be totally helpful if they will be using an iPad). SLPs/SLTs and others supporting AAC use can typically get access to the full apps to trial but there are often waiting lists and not everyone has access to an SLP or access to getting an AAC eval. (Note: The various app platforms pose barriers to app developers for some of the options to offer free trials or free promo codes so there are constraints to what they can do regarding this. There would also be a need for companies licensing voices and premium vocab files to allow for these types of free trials)

• Offer purchasing flexibility. Subscriptions offer easier access for individuals (but don’t work well for schools, state run facilities and funding sources). The option to purchase a multi-year subscription can be helpful in some situations. If it will have a subscription, also offer a 1x purchasing option for those who can’t do subscriptions. If it’s an in-app purchase, also offer an option that will work for schools and state run facilities.

• Price your app where it is affordable & sustainable.

• Beyond the initial costs of developing the app, make sure that you also have a very well thought out long term plan and finances for supporting and keeping an AAC app updated.

I’ve received numerous messages over the years on my OMazing Kids AAC Consulting page from parents and therapists with very heartbreaking stories of AAC users losing their voice when Apple released a new iOS and the app wouldn’t work as expected. Several AAC app developers have not updated apps in 5 years or more. It’s one thing to lose a favorite game or therapy app but a whole different thing to lose an AAC app.


Want to read more about affordable AAC and/or pocket sized AAC? See these blog posts:


Looking for Affordable and Free AAC apps? Check out this 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): https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACchart. More info: https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACblogpost


Looking for Robust AAC options for Amazon Fire or Android? Check out this resource: Robust Android AAC (Android Google Play & Amazon Fire): https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACappChart. More info: https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACblogpost


Several videos comparing AAC apps across platforms (iPad, Android, Amazon Fire, Windows):


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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Affordable Pocket-Sized Android AAC

Looking for a very affordable option for pocket-sized AAC? Many individuals prefer to just add an app to their iPhone or Android phone but some facilities don’t allow phones (or it would be a battle to get an exception) or a phone might not be the best choice for AAC for a younger child. The iPod Touch used to be my “go to” option for this. Since the iPod Touch is no longer available I purchased an Android prepaid TracFone (keeping it unactivated)… Shout out to Karen Erickson for sharing that idea in a comment in the AAC for the SLP group.

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy A03s, 32GB, Black – Prepaid Smartphone (Locked) https://a.co/d/fAxcP4J

$59.88 Android phone + $12.99 case + the cost of an app = very affordable pocket-sized AAC 🎉

See this video for a look at some of the AAC apps I have installed on it:

A short video specifically about Speech Assistant AAC on an Android phone:

And a longer in-depth video about Speech Assistant AAC on an Android phone that shows more about the app and all of the Settings:

Sound comparison test:

See more details on my updated blog post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/03/22/pocket-sized-aac/


Looking for Affordable and Free AAC apps? Check out this 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): https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACchart. More info: https://bit.ly/BasicAffordableAACblogpost

Looking for Robust AAC options for Android? Check out this resource: Robust Android AAC (Android Google Play & Amazon Fire): https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACappChart. More info: https://bit.ly/RobustAndroidAACblogpost

Several videos comparing AAC apps across platforms (iPad, Android, Amazon Fire, Windows): https://bit.ly/5aacFeatureMatchingResources


Info about much more expensive but fundable pocket-sized AAC devices can be found on this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/03/22/pocket-sized-aac/


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

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• GoTalk Now AAC & GoVisual Visual Scene Apps – Ideas and Sharing Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

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Sharing customized MyMemo matching games across iOS, Android & Amazon Fire (+ info about new things coming soon)

I recently purchased an Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, 8″ HD display, 32 GB, latest model (2020 release) & a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4″, 64GB Android tablet to be able to explore AAC and related apps on those platforms in addition to iOS (iPad 8th gen & iPhone 11). I was excited to discover that you can share customized matching games across the platforms in the MyMemo app.

See more info about the app on this Facebook video and post: https://fb.watch/erW8QDKXO4/.


Free handout with the Share Codes for the customized matching games that I created with various AAC symbols: https://bit.ly/MyMemoShareCodes


Be watching for new resources coming soon about AAC and related apps for Amazon Fire & Android Google Play 😊


MyMemo – Make Memory Games app


See this blog post for more info and links to the cases: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/04/30/pepkoo-ipad-8th-gen-case-features/


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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Resource Update: Ultimate App and Digital Resource Guide for SLPs (2022)

Resource Update Alert 🎉 Be sure to download the new version of the Ultimate App and Digital Resource Guide for SLPs (2022): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-App-and-Digital-Resource-Guide-for-SLPs-2022-7267356

Also available in this bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-Apps-for-Pediatric-SLPs-Resource-Bundle-7950688


Are you a busy SLP who needs quick access to apps and digital resources to target specific goals? This resource was designed just for you.

The Ultimate App and Digital Resource Guide for SLPs (updated for 2022) includes:

  • Interactive PDF (240 pages with linked Table of Contents) full of lists of hundreds of apps and digital resources organized by SLP goal areas and themes
  • App demo videos (links to 29 unlisted YouTube videos)

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

RadSounds – Cause and Effect App (direct touch and switch accessible)

The RadSounds – Cause and Effect app has a Momentary SwitchPlay option that can be used to only play the music while the screen is being touched or switch is being pressed.

It also has a Timed option to allow music to play without having to hold down the switch or touch the screen the whole time.

Surprisingly the app works on the latest iOS (iPadOS 15.3.1) even though it’s been quite awhile since the app has been updated.


Demo video:


The iPad-only app is very affordable (has been priced at $1.99 in the USA App Store since 9/15/17): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/radsounds-cause-effect/id420977569.


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

Niki Talk Apps: What’s new, several AAC apps & special needs apps

It’s been exciting to see several new apps release recently from Alessandro La Rocca. He is an independent special needs & AAC app developer who has a good history of creating and supporting/maintaining apps in the App Store since 2012. Some of his apps are also available for Android and Amazon Fire.


AAC apps:

Niki Talk 2 Pro, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-talk-2-pro/id1566543803 (iPad only, iPadOS 12.0 or later. Most recent update: 12/19/21, version 2.0.4. Price: $89.99)

General info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Talk2.aspx

Additional info about the features in this fairly robust AAC app:

• Vocabulary organization: Topic & Category Based (can be Pragmatic or Motor Planning if building own boards)

• Grid sizes: Pre-made Core 12 (4×3) & Core 24 (6×4 grid) page sets in eight different languages. Size Options (when editing or creating, column x row): 1, 2×1 (2), 3×1 (3), 2×2 (4), 3×2 (6), 4×2 (8), 3×3 (9), 4×3 (12), 5×3 (15), 4×4 (16), 5×4 (20), 6×4 (24), 5×5 (25), 6×5 (30), 7×5 (35), 6×6 (36), 7×6 (42), 7×7 (49), 8×6 (48), 8×7 (56), 8×8 (64)

• Navigation to get to a word: Depends on board size (Core 24: most 2-3 hits, some fringe 4 hits)

• Grammar support: Basic verb tenses: past, present, future (no -ing, no plural or possessive word endings)

• Keyboard: Keyboard button can always be available on the Side Bar on left side of the screen. Can be toggled off in the app settings. Uses the iOS iPad keyboard which allows use of keyboard extension apps. The typical iOS keyboard word prediction doesn’t work within the app but you can have word prediction if you are using an alternative iOS keyboard extension app that has word prediction built into it (ex: Keedogo Plus, SuperKeys, SwiftKey)

• Hide/Show buttons: Advanced Editing – “select all” (then tap individual buttons to deselect any you don’t want hidden) – Edit – Visible (toggle off to hide, toggle on to unhide)

• Has a Search feature

• Pre-made Core 12 & Core 24 page sets for: English (some editing needed for USA English), German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish. There aren’t any pre-made page sets for larger grid sizes or in the other languages that have an iOS voice but you could build them. ** Update: A Search feature was added in the update on 1/25/22 so finding where vocabulary is stored will be easy.

• iOS text to speech voices for the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, and Swedish. Defaults to language being used on that iPad but can choose a specific language under Settings – User

• Can use recorded voice

• Button action to play a video. Works great to play videos saved to the iPad’s Camera Roll. Can also play linked YouTube videos (opens in a popup within the app but there is an unsecured link that will take you out to YouTube. Guided Access did NOT block this so it is very important to understand the risks of linking to YouTube videos especially for young children. The separate Niki Play app is another option for playing videos is a secure way (see info below).

• Backup & Sharing: Cloud-based (not a way to back it up other than Share to upload it, get a Share Code and then use that code before it expires to download the page set)

Free lite version: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-talk-2/id1543678617. (No voice output (no text to speech voices or voice recording output), only 1 user area, the Les Pictogrammes symbols aren’t included)


Niki Talk, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-talk/id556798417 (iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later. Most recent update: 10/6/20 (version 2.0.1). Price: Free but needs to be used with the Niki Designer website in order to do editing. Free trial. See pricing on the website: http://www.nikitalk.com/Designer.aspx). This is a much older AAC app that looks like a communication binder with Velcro strips. It’s for very basic communication. Can send a text message including the symbols. Also available on Android & Amazon Fire. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Talk.aspx

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Niki Scene Pro, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-scene-pro/id1597894942 (iPad only, iPadOS 12.0 or later. Most recent update: 12/19/21 (version 1.0.3). Price: $6.99. This new app hasn’t been added to their website yet. See their Facebook page and this video:

Additional info about the features in this very affordable and intuitive/easy to use Visual Scene Display AAC app:

• Import picture from Camera Roll or use iPad camera to take a pic

• Full visual scene with hotspots. Draw hotspots in any shape. 5 color options. Dotted or solid line.

• Recorded speech

• Popup Text Label: This is a great Transition to Literacy (T2L) feature: https://bit.ly/3rH50yb. More in-depth research related to T2L: https://bit.ly/3e0IVm4

• Long press on an image on the Home Screen and tap Share and then it generates a sharing code that is active for 3 days. These Share Codes can be used as a way to share your creations with others who have the app. There isn’t a formal way to backup what you create in the app but you could share items, copy the Share Code, and then download those creations onto a new iPad as long as you do it before those codes expire.

• Can toggle off Editing in the Settings and secure Settings with a Passcode

See videos on their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/YyG9aU0_rDk & https://youtu.be/H2udMzcQg6M

Free lite version: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-scene/id1596964600 (limited to 2 user created scenes)


Niki Buttons, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-buttons/id1572170910, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later. Most recent update: 6/22/21 (version 1.1.0). Price: $3.99. A set of four single message buttons that look like a Big Mack VOCA (voice output communication aid) (blue, green, red, yellow). Tap at bottom of screen to select one. Can add a symbol to the button. Uses recorded speech. This new app hasn’t been added to their website yet. See their Facebook page and this video:


Search on ARASAAC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/search-on-arasaac/id1599712099, iOS Universal, iOS 12.0 or later. Most recent update: 12/11/21 (version 1.0.0). Free. Allows you to search for free open source symbols of the ARASAAC website and save them to the Camera Roll on your device. Also available for Android. See this Facebook post:

If you go to the ARASAAC website you can edit symbols to change the skin tone and hair color. And then export the pic as a .png (has transparent background) and save it on the Camera Roll to import into any app. https://arasaac.org/pictograms/search.


Other special needs apps:

Speech to Symbol Pro, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-to-symbol-pro/id1571118745 (iOS Universal, iOS 12.0 or later. Most recent update: 10/24/21 (version 1.0.3). Price: $6.99. Note: This is NOT an AAC app. It’s a quick way to create visual supports as you speak. I like being able to customize it to add symbols or pictures. That way everything you speak can have a symbol. You can find more free ARASAAC symbols using the free Search on ARASAAC app. Or by going out to their website. If you go to the website you can even edit symbols to change the skin tone and hair color. And then export the pic as a .png (has transparent background) and save it on the Camera Roll to import into this app. https://arasaac.org/pictograms/search. There’s also the option to tap each symbol or the entire sequence to have them spoken. This turns them into a visual support with voice output.

Free lite version: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speech-to-symbol/id1571118842)


Niki Music, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-music/id594214788, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later. Most recent update: 9/9/21. Price: $0.99. Nice simple adapted access for music. Long press to add a cover image to a song. Can rearrange the songs while in edit mode. Secured with parental gate. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Music.aspx


Niki Play, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-play/id803959942, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later. Most recent update: 6/12/21. Price: $3.99. Niki Play allows kids to enjoy their favorite videos and music independently. Parents can download to import videos directly from YouTube or from the Camera Roll, play songs from the Apple Music library, save voice recordings and pictures. I love that the app is secured with a parental gate, that the app isn’t linking to YouTube (it’s downloading those videos directly for use within the app), has options for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 9 items per screen and offers a way to rearrange the items. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Play.aspx


Niki Diary, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-diary/id852210800, iPad only, iPad iOS 12.0 or later. Most recent update: 10/30/21. Price $6.99. A multimedia calendar diary to tell people around them what they did or what they plan to do a certain day using images, videos, text and speech. Can also be used as a memory support. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Diary.aspx.


Niki Story, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-story/id634298391, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later. Most recent update: 9/9/21. Price: $4.99. Multimedia social stories, photo album, talking books, etc… More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Story.aspx


Niki Agenda, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-agenda/id588716014, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later. Most recent update: 10/24/17 (it’s been over 4 years since the last update). Price: $5.99. A daily/weekly visual schedule calendar. Separate iPhone version. Also available on Android and Amazon Fire. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Agenda.aspx


Niki Time, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-time/id603548493, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later. Most recent update: 9/9/21. Price: $2.99. A clock/calendar learning tool. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Time.aspx


Niki Words, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/niki-words/id743777884, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later. Most recent update: 9/29/17 (it’s been over 4 years since the last update). Price: $5.99. Fun and Learning with Letters. Includes Play with words (drag the letters to make up the word matching the picture), Crosswords & Magic blackboard. More info: http://www.nikitalk.com/Words.aspx


Morena the Full Belly Whale, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/morena-the-full-belly-whale/id666194664, iPad only, iOS 12.0 or later. Most recent update: 11/6/21 (version 1.1.0). Free. Interactive book app.


Website: http://www.nikitalk.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nikitalkaac/ (be sure to “like” and “follow” for the most up to date info about his apps)

Instagram: https://instagram.com/nikitalkaac (be sure to “follow” for updates about his apps)

YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/user/NikiTalkAAC (be sure to “subscribe” and toggle on “notifications” to see new videos about his apps)

See the personal story behind why he creates apps: http://www.nikitalk.com/About.aspx


Notes:

  • Prices outside of the USA will vary based on the exchange rate
  • Prices are subject to change
  • I used each of these apps on my iPad 8th gen running iOS 14.5 to test out features as I was working on this blog post. I have purposefully not updated to iOS 15 yet due to ongoing reports of problems with it in several AAC and SLP therapy apps . So I have no way to know if there are any issues with any of these apps on iOS 15.0, 15.1 or 15.2.

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

Decorate a Christmas Tree Cookie in the FREE Draw and Tell HD App

One of my all time favorite FREE apps is Draw and Tell HD by Duck Duck Moose:

* https://apps.apple.com/us/app/draw-and-tell-hd/id504752087 (iPad only version)

* https://apps.apple.com/us/app/draw-and-tell/id504750621 (iPhone / iPod Touch version)


See how to import your own picture into the app to decorate a Christmas Tree cookie in this video:


Here’s the undecorated Christmas Tree cookie on a black background in case you’d like to use it in the app: https://bit.ly/ChristmasTreeCookieHighContrast (save it to the Camera Roll on your iPad or iPhone by doing a long press and tap “Save to Photos”)


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

Free Xodo PDF Reader app

The FREE Xodo app is my favorite PDF reader. The search feature in it is fabulous. It can be used on any platform and computers. I just noticed that their former website (http://www.xodo.com) redirects to a new website. Go to this section to use it to view PDFs in a web browser: https://pdf.online/pdf-viewer.

They also added a link to this: https://www.xodo.com/app/#/. And an alternative viewer: https://www.xodo.com/app-old/#/

If you have any issues try a different web browser.

Important info for those wanting to view the Feature Matching Chart PDF on a Mac computer: Save the PDF to your computer and then open the PDF online in Xodo: https://www.xodo.com/app/#/ or https://www.xodo.com/app-old/#/

Also available as a free app:

• iOS app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pdf-reader-annotator-by-xodo/id805075929.

• Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xodo.pdf.reader.

• Windows app: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/pdf-reader-view-edit-annotate-by-xodo/9wzdncrdjxp4?activetab=pivot:overviewtab


Have a question? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging 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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TherAPPy Tools: iPad Apps for Pediatric SLPs (Recorded Webinar & Handouts)

Now available on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TherAPPy-Tools-iPad-Apps-for-Pediatric-SLPs-Recorded-Webinar-Handouts-7283613

I’m an SLP with over 30 years of experience who has used thousands of iOS apps on my iPads since 2012. Come learn from my extensive experience in using apps to target specific SLP goals.

This recorded webinar covers:

• General iPad tips

• iPad and iPad case recommendations

• How to improve iPad battery life

• Cautions about iOS updates and app updates

• Reasons to use apps in therapy

• Things to consider when using apps in therapy

• Guided Access & Screen Time

• Organizing apps

• How to find great apps

• Great free PDF viewer app

• What to look for in well-designed apps

• AAC resources

• Combining apps with toys, books, games & traditional SLP materials

• Suggested apps for over 50 SLP goal areas / needs with links to 29 app demo videos


Expected Learner Outcomes:

1. List at least three characteristics of high quality apps for use in therapy.

2. Select apps based on the unique needs of individual patients / students.

3. Use Guided Access & Screen Time to lock areas within apps, prevent exiting an app, prevent accessing specific apps, etc..

Expected Takeaways:

1. Access a current list of apps for SLPs sorted by goal areas.

2. Identify at least 5 apps to use with current patients / students on their caseload.

3. Know how to incorporate apps with traditional SLP materials, games, toys & books.


What’s included with the purchase of this product:

Recorded Webinar Video (1 hour, 9 minutes), viewable on the unlisted YouTube link provided in the Handout PDF

Handouts (87 page PDF): 1 slide per page, link to recorded webinar video, links to 29 app demo videos

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


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


Thanks for taking a look at this product on my TPT store 😊

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

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

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