TD Snap: a visual guide to getting started

TD Snap: a visual guide to getting started is now available for purchase on my OMazing Kids AAC Consulting TPT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TD-Snap-a-visual-guide-to-getting-started-7445593.

This resource has a 78 page PDF, access to a 35 minute unlisted YouTube video.

There is one topic per page with visuals.

This guide walks you through the initial set up and customization process for the TD Snap AAC app with a focus on the Core First pageset being used via direct access touch with a finger by kids, teens or young adults on an iPad. It has all kinds of information to get you going, ideas to foster ownership, the different versions of the app and types of pagesets, information about choosing a grid size, how to set it up, how to edit, ideas for customization, time stamped links to specific sections within helpful webinars, finding user groups, manuals and other resources, info about how SLPs can get free access and more… See the description on TPT for more info.


TPT Preview Video:


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

TD Snap AAC App: Snap Core First Pageset Customizations

Examples of several customizations that I made in the Core First Pageset within the TD Snap AAC app (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/td-snap-aac/id1257753762)

Video:


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

I’m on the Innovative AAC Solutions Podcast – AAC features, feature matching and fostering ownership of AAC (Season 2, episode 5)

It was so much fun chatting about AAC features, feature matching and fostering ownership of AAC with Laura Hayes at Innovative AAC Solutions. Check it out in Season 2; Episode 5 of the Innovative AAC Solutions podcast: https://sites.google.com/ssdmo.org/aac-site/check-it-out/ssd-aac-podcast?authuser=0

The podcast video is available there on their site or out on YouTube where it has time stamped sections and links to the resources (if viewing on a computer or the YouTube app… I have YouTube on my Roku TV and can’t see those type of details there): https://youtu.be/v4-xspAS9m4



My segment of the podcast can also be viewed on my YouTube channel with time stamped sections:

07:35 – Feature Matching
25:54 – Fostering Ownership in AAC


And in an audio-only format:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J613VYYtiHgs_bb6Q4lujEVASnzP2FoM/view

Check out the episode notes for links to resources.

The pizza activity looks like a lot of fun! If you want more things to go with that theme, see this post here on my blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2011/07/28/pete’s-a-pizza-party-–-an-omazing-kids-yoga-lesson-plan-based-on-the-story-“pete’s-a-pizza”-by-william-steig/


Be sure to follow both of them on social media:

• Laura Hayes: https://instagram.com/aac_innovations

• Cheryl Livingston: https://instagram.com/cheryllivingstonaacsupport

Cheryl also has a group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/933873107089870


Here’s the link to 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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App Companion: Peppa Pig Party Time (includes LAMP Words for Life vocabulary cards)

App Companion: Peppa Pig Party Time (includes LAMP Words for Life vocabulary cards)

*** Special Intro Deal: $4.00 (33% off for the first month). Full price: $6.00 starting 11/26/21 ***

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/App-Companion-Peppa-Pig-Party-Time-includes-LAMP-WFL-vocabulary-cards-7373844

If you already purchased the Peppa Pig Theme Park resource, be sure to check out the Bundle option for an additional discount.

This 24 page PDF includes:

• Opportunities for Core Vocabulary that can be targeted in each of the 7 areas within the Peppa Pig Party Time app

• Alphabetical master list of the Core Vocabulary

• 35 vocabulary cards with LAMP Words for Life symbol paths that can be printed and used as a visual reminder of how to find each word in that AAC app

• Tips about the settings in this play app

• 4 tips for AAC intervention

• Info about play apps being on a separate device

• Info about Peppa Pig characters

• Info about the YouTube Kids app

• Info about free Peppa Pig printables

• Info about embracing high interest areas with pics of three related toys to extend the theme

The fun Peppa Pig Party Time app is very affordable, full of lots of opportunities for Core Vocabulary and is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire (https://www.peppapig.com/apps/). The example here is using it with the LAMP Words for Life AAC app but it could be used with any robust means of AAC or could be used to target language goals for kids who don’t use AAC.

The app happens to be free today (10/25/21) but is definitely worth getting at the regular price of $2.99

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peppa-pig-party-time/id1179475725

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peppapig.partytime

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4C2RG9/ref=nodl_

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 heading over to check out this product on my TPT store!

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

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Updated AAC Feature Matching Chart (10-18-21)…. now mentions features in these apps that may be helpful as folks are exploring ways to modify AAC for Gestalt Language Processors

I don’t typically release an update for the AAC Feature Matching Chart more than once a month but there were a couple of links that needed to be fixed. I also expanded the info related to how SLPs & SLTs can get access to the LAMP Words for Life app. That particular app is distributed differently in countries outside of the USA and Canada. Links to the Liberator websites have been added. I also put a designation on rows for features that may be helpful as folks are exploring ways to modify AAC for Gestalt Language Processors. I’ve also added links to social media groups and pages related to those discussions.

The most update has been uploaded to TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Ko-fi subscribers can get the update at: https://ko-fi.com/post/AAC-Feature-Matching-Chart-update-10-18-21-B0B06N0DB

Note: Ko-fi subscribers need to make sure you go out to a full browser after tapping on a link that I shared on Facebook or other social media. See this short video:


The free handout about how SLPs and SLTs can get access to these apps has also been updated on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Get-Access-to-the-Top-11-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-TPT-Freebie-6869004


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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How to find the Online Gallery in the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps

How to find the Online Gallery in the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps

This is a screencast video showing how to find the Online Gallery in the GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus AAC apps. This isn’t available when using the free Lite version or their Starter version of the app.


Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup


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

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

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GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

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Updated Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (10-12-21)

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

This month’s update has been uploaded onto my TPT store on 10/12/21: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853.

Ko-fi subscribers can access it on this post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Feature-Matching-Chart-update-101221-N4N16KF0K


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

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

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

GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

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Reminder: GoTalk Now $10 app sale on 10/10/21

Reminder: The GoTalk Now app $10 sale is on Sunday, 10/10/21. Attainment Company, Inc. commented on this post on their Facebook page that the sale timeframe is based on the Central Time Zone.


I’m in that time zone and have noticed that prices often change at 10:00pm. You don’t want to miss this sale so be sure to purchase early in the day.

  • The sale only includes GoTalk Now (not the Plus version, not any in-app purchases, not any other apps) since they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original GoTalk Now app
  • The sale will be available worldwide (in every country that has an Apple App Store and has this app available)
  • The sale will also be available through the Apple VPP / Apple School Manager Program
  • GoTalk Now is an iPad-only app so you won’t find it if searching the App Store from an iPhone. Here’s the link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now/id454176457

Join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup


Brand new to the GoTalk Now AAC app? Here’s a video with the first things to do after installing the app:


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

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

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

GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

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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

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

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

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

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

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

GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

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

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

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App Companion: Peppa Pig Theme Park (includes LAMP WFL vocabulary cards)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/App-Companion-Peppa-Pig-Theme-Park-includes-LAMP-WFL-vocabulary-cards-7278815


*** Updated 10/26/21: Also check out the Peppa Pig Party Time resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/App-Companion-Peppa-Pig-Party-Time-includes-LAMP-WFL-vocabulary-cards-7373844



This 27 page PDF includes:

Alphabetical master list of the Core Vocabulary

Opportunities for Core Vocabulary that can be targeted in each of the 10 areas within the Peppa Pig Theme Park app

45 vocabulary cards with LAMP Words for Life symbol paths that can be printed and used as a visual reminder of how to find each word in that AAC app

• Tips about the settings in this play app

• 4 tips for AAC intervention

• Info about play apps being on a separate device

• Visuals with Peppa Pig characters and names

• Info about the YouTube Kids app

• Info about free Peppa Pig printables

• Info about embracing high interest areas

The fun Peppa Pig Theme Park play app is very affordable, full of lots of opportunities for Core Vocabulary and is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire.


The app happens to be free today (9/24/21) but is definitely worth getting at the regular price of $2.99

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peppa-pig-theme-park/id1060102144

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peppapig.themepark

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Entertainment-One-Ltd-Peppa-Pig/dp/B018IKUKI0/ref=nodl_


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 heading over to check out this product on my TPT store!

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

Terms of Use: This handout was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2021 and beyond. Feel free to use it in your work. You may share it with those that you support directly for AAC (AAC users, parents, teachers, aides) but please do not forward it to other SLPs. You may not copy any part of this (including the content, layout, format, ideas or design) and reproduce it or distribute it as your own work. Please do not copy/paste this info onto blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files.

Note: This purchase does NOT include the app. This app has a good history of being updated but I have no way to know whether or not it will always be available. There is content in this handout that could easily be used with other play based apps.