Don’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good … jump on in and start AAC

AAC is as much an art as a science. There’s lots of trial and error. Lots of tweaking or combining things to meet unique needs. And user’s needs change over time. There’s no one “best” or “one size fits all” system, app or device. So it’s important to just dive in and start somewhere. Don’t let “perfect” be the enemy of good. It’s better to get something done imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.


I love seeing videos and pictures of how others have customized AAC to meet unique needs. I think that’s why I’m active in so many different AAC related groups on Facebook. Those examples get my creativity flowing.

I don’t recall a time that I ever just used an AAC app or SGD just “as is”. I always personalized it.

I love to tinker with things and come up with creative solutions. I can tell you based on over 30 years of experience as an AAC SLP, there is no one “best”, “right” or “one size fits all” way. Not even for users with the same diagnoses. There are too many variables and above all the individual preferences of that user and their family.

Some older teens and young adults preferred to use more than one option and the freedom to pick what worked for them in that moment.

I also mash together options like using keyboard extension apps within AAC apps that allow access to those. That opens up a whole world of possibilities for adapted keyboards, calculator keyboards, whiteboard keyboards where the user can draw to communicate, etc.


Want to learn more about the features in AAC apps in order to know what the possibilities might be? Check out the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 robust iOS symbol-based AAC apps:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


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


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

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Using Doodling Keyboards as a Whiteboard in AAC Apps (plus a sneak peek at Talk Suite Pro)

Using Doodling Keyboards as a Whiteboard in AAC Apps (plus a sneak peek at Talk Suite Pro)

I’m working on an update for the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 10 (soon to be the Top 11) iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps. As I was adding more info to the row about “Button Action to Open a Whiteboard”, I thought about how cool it would be to have a work-around for adding a drawing area to apps that don’t have that feature. Guess what… there is!

AAC apps that allow use of the iOS Keyboard open up the possibility of using a whole array of keyboard extension apps. As I searched the App Store I found three “doodling” keyboard apps that I liked and they worked well within those AAC apps. These doodling keyboard areas could be used as an additional means of communication, just for fun or even as a way for some AAC users to draw their own pictures to then be used as symbols on buttons within their AAC app.


Apps seen in the video:

Talk Suite Pro, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/talk-suite-pro/id1079239198, iPad only, iPadOS 9.0 or later

Inkboard, https://apple.co/3wRuKqA, iOS Universal, iOS 12.0 or later (this one was my favorite since it has so many different drawing tools)

DrawBoard Keyboard for Doodling, https://apple.co/3ilRMQP, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later

ScribbleKey, https://apple.co/3hJbqao, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later


Want to learn more about which iOS AAC apps allow use of the iOS Keyboard? Or which iOS AAC apps already include a Whiteboard area? Those are just two of the 95 rows of features included in the Feature Matching Chart. It’s available on the OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Teachers Pay Teacher store. The chart is very comprehensive, totally up to date and will be expanded in the next update to include an 11th app: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-10-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

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50% off sale on Teachers Pay Teachers

*** SALE: This item is 50% off from 6/26/21 to 7/4/21 ***

Customizing AAC Apps to Meet Unique Needs – High Contrast Symbols (Webinar)

This recorded webinar covers:

  • 19 ways that AAC apps can be modified with an extra focus on High Contrast Symbols
  • Reasons for making modifications
  • Detailed info about 7 iOS AAC apps that include High Contrast Symbols or have them available via extra purchase or by editing buttons
  • A comparison of High Contrast Symbols vs. using iOS Accessibility Invert Colors
  • A Case Study of how the GoTalk Now Lite app was customized to be used as a stepping stone to a robust AAC option
  • Learn how I edited the entire LAMP Words for Life AAC app over a six month period to use High Contrast symbols on a black background. Includes a handout with info about how to find those symbols in the app and the Settings and Pronunciation Exceptions that I used
  • How this modified LAMP Words for Life Vocab file is different than using LAMP Words for Life – VI on an Accent Speech Generating Device
  • How you can receive a copy of my modified files for GoTalk Now and LAMP Words for Life as optional free bonus content

What’s included with the purchase of this product:

  • Recorded Webinar Video (33:53), viewable on the unlisted YouTube link provided in the Supporting Document 
  • Supporting Document (25 page PDF): Link to the unlisted YouTube video, Slides Handout (2 slides per page), How to Find LAMP Words for Life High Contrast Symbols in the iPad App & a Quiz). The Slides Handout portion of the PDF is best viewed the free Xodo app or Books app on an iPad (or similar PDF reader) vs. printing it due to the black background. The free Xodo app can be used on any platform and computers. The links are out on their website: https://www.xodo.com/

Optional Free Bonus Content (see description on TPT for more info):

  • Vocab File for LAMP WFL FULL – High Contrast [original motor plans (NOT LAMP VI), edited to use High Contrast Symbols, added additional vocabulary]
  • Communication Book file for GoTalk Now – modified to be similar to LAMP WFL, High Contrast Symbols, pages for videos, toys and snacks

Purchase it on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Customizing-AAC-Apps-to-Meet-Unique-Needs-High-Contrast-Symbols-Webinar-6914135


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

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.)

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New Recorded Webinar: Outside of the Box – Customizing AAC Apps to Meet Unique Needs – High Contrast Symbols plus free bonus content

Check out this new product on my Teachers Pay Teachers store:

Outside of the Box – Customizing AAC Apps to Meet Unique Needs – High Contrast Symbols (Recorded Video Webinar): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Customizing-AAC-Apps-to-Meet-Unique-Needs-High-Contrast-Symbols-Webinar-6914135



This recorded video webinar covers:

• 19 ways that AAC apps can be modified with an extra focus on High Contrast Symbols

• Reasons for making modifications

• Detailed info about 7 iOS AAC apps that include High Contrast Symbols or have them available via extra purchase or by editing buttons

• A comparison of High Contrast Symbols vs. using iOS Accessibility Invert Colors

• A Case Study of how the GoTalk Now Lite app was customized to be used as a stepping stone to a robust AAC option

• Learn how I edited the entire LAMP Words for Life AAC app over a six month period to use High Contrast symbols on a black background. Includes a handout with info about how to find those symbols in the app and the Settings and Pronunciation Exceptions that I used

• How this modified LAMP Words for Life Vocab file is different than using LAMP Words for Life – VI on an Accent Speech Generating Device

• How you can receive a copy of my modified files for GoTalk Now and LAMP Words for Life as optional free bonus content


Expected Learner Outcomes:

1. List at least three modifications that can be made to AAC apps

2. List a reason for using High Contrast Symbols besides CVI / Vision Impairment

3. List at least two differences between LAMP WFL – VI & LAMP WFL modified with high contrast symbols

4. Give an example of how to use one AAC app as a stepping stone towards a more robust option


Expected Takeaways:

1. Have info about symbol-based AAC apps that include High Contrast Symbols or have them available via extra purchase or by editing buttons

2. Have info about how to find High Contrast Symbols in the LAMP Words for Life app on an iPad

3. Identify at least 3 modifications to use with current patients / students on their caseload


What’s included with the purchase of this product:

Recorded Webinar Video (33:53), unlisted YouTube link provided in the Supporting Document

Supporting Document (25 page PDF): Link to unlisted YouTube video webinar, Slides Handout (2 slides per page), How to Find LAMP Words for Life High Contrast Symbols in the iPad App & a Quiz). The Slides Handout portion of the PDF is best viewed the free Xodo app or Books app on an iPad (or similar PDF reader) vs. printing it due to the black background. The free Xodo app can be used on any platform and computers. The links are out on their website: https://www.xodo.com/)


Optional Free Bonus Content (see more info below):

Vocab File for LAMP WFL FULL – High Contrast [original motor plans (NOT LAMP VI), edited to use High Contrast Symbols, added additional vocabulary]

Communication Book file for GoTalk Now – modified to be similar to LAMP WFL, High Contrast Symbols, pages for videos, toys and snacks


AAC apps featured in the slides and screencast video:

• Avaz (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/avaz-aac-lifetime-edition/id558161781)

• CoughDrop (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/coughdrop/id1021384570, linked with LessonPix https://lessonpix.com)

• GoTalk Now Plus (Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-plus/id742150885)

• Grid for iPad (Smartbox Assistive Technology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/grid-for-ipad-vpp/id1339153708)

• LAMP Words for Life (PRC-Saltillo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lamp-words-for-life/id551215116)

• Proloquo2Go (AssistiveWare, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/proloquo2go/id308368164)

• Snap Core First AAC (Tobii Dynavox, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snap-core-first-aac/id1257753762)

• Speak for Yourself (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speak-for-yourself/id482508198)

• TouchChat with WordPower (PRC-Saltillo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchchat-hd-aac-w-wordpower/id412351574)


Info & Tech requirements for optional bonus content:

• In order to receive the free bonus content, send your 4 quiz answers along with proof of purchase of this course (screenshot from Purchases area in TPT) in a private message to my OMazing Kids Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/). I’ll reply with a Google Drive link where you can download the file for LAMP WFL & the file for GoTalk Now

• There is no guarantee that the modified AAC files will work on your iPad. These are being provided as FREE bonus content for those who complete and submit the quiz and are NOT part of the purchase of this training. Purchase of this training is for the content of the training itself and the knowledge gained about how to customize AAC apps

• These files can only be accessed on an iPad running the required minimum iOS for the LAMP Words for Life and GoTalk Now apps (preferably the most current iOS)

• That iPad needs to have plenty of free memory. The file for use in the GoTalk Now app contains 8 videos. Most AAC apps need at least 1GB of free memory to run smoothly

• Be sure to backup customized programming BEFORE attempting to install a file

• The AAC app needs to be fully installed and updated on that iPad before attempting to open the file to install it

• The GoTalk Now file can only be opened on GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus (not the Lite or Starter versions)

• Occasionally edited symbols disappear when installing a file. If this happens, try downloading it again on a strong WiFi connection. You can also use my list of how to find the high contrast symbols to add it in edit mode. There are a few buttons where I used imported symbols. Those should also be in the symbol library. If you need additional help after trying these, feel free to send me a message on my OMazing Kids Facebook page


See the product description on TPT for more info and Terms of Use.


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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