Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC App Feature Matching Chart – compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC App Feature Matching Chart

This chart includes an in-depth comparison of features & supports across ten iOS symbol-based AAC apps:

  • Avaz AAC – Lifetime Edition
  • Clicker Communicator: AAC
  • CoughDrop
  • GoTalk Now / GoTalk Now Plus
  • Grid for iPad VPP
  • LAMP Words for Life
  • Proloquo2Go
  • Snap Core First
  • Speak for Yourself
  • TouchChat HD with WordPower

See an overview in this video where I’m viewing the PDF on my iPad in the Books app & the free Xodo PDF viewer app. You’ll get a feel for how much info will be at your fingertips in this chart. There are over 100 rows in the Numbers spreadsheet that was used to create the PDF. But it’s super easy to use the “search” option to find what you want quickly.

Video:

https://ko-fi.com/post/Top-10-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-App-Feature-Matching-C-G2G33OX9Y

The interactive PDF chart is only accessible to recurring monthly subscribers on my Ko-fi page (requires a small ongoing monthly subscription of $4 per month).

In order to keep this project sustainable it is important that each person using the chart have a paid recurring subscription to my Ko-fi page.

I purposefully set the price low enough that anyone can afford it. I was going to upload the PDF as a password encrypted document but that made it too complicated to open in some PDF viewers. So I’m trusting that we can all use the honor system.

Please read this blog post for important info about how to set up a recurring monthly subscription: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/02/12/more-clarification-about-my-omazing-kids-aac-ko-fi-subscription-page/

My Ko-fi page will be full of lots of subscriber-only resources. My plan is to keep everything simple and short. With videos comparing features across apps and AAC tips (< 3-4 min) & handouts (1-2 pages).

This concept was inspired by how I passed along nuggets of AAC knowledge to one of the SLP CFs during my final year at the facility where I worked before retiring from clinical practice. Just a little at a time in between seeing patients and other stuff. She gave feedback about how helpful that was. I’m hoping it will make robust AAC less overwhelming to more SLPs.

Subscribers will also be able to reach me via private messaging on my Ko-fi page.

  • This app comparison chart is intended to be a tool to help SLPs and others make informed decisions when choosing iOS symbol-based AAC apps for consideration during the process of an AAC eval, feature matching and trial of options.

 

  • There are many reasons why one would consider a traditional SGD vs. an iPad or any other tablet with an app: durability, warranty, tech support, built-in switch ports for scanning, eye gaze access, etc… But there are many folks who may not have a funding source for a traditional SGD. And there are things about having AAC on an iPad or iPhone that make it a great option for particular users.

 

  • It is important to try out any app with the potential user before making a purchasing recommendation or decision. This is also important when using any extra hardware (keyguards, switches, switch interfaces, carrying straps, stands, mounts, etc…) to support AAC use.

 

  • The information in this chart was compiled based on my extensive use of each app, in-depth trials of each app using the most current version on devices running the most current iOS, reading through app user guides, watching recent recorded webinars, consulting with app developers and providing them with the opportunity to review the content before this tool was published.

 

  • This is an unbiased view at the features across apps. I do not have a financial affiliation with any company.

 

  • Inclusion in the “Top 10” was based on features, long term availability in the App Store, good history of being updated, having patients who benefited from using the app, gathering data from app recommendations from SLPs who have expertise in AAC, etc.

 

  • The list was purposefully limited to the top 10 in order to keep it manageable for updates as apps continue to add features in the future.

 

  • I plan on maintaining and updating this chart for the foreseeable future to help meet the need for current and comprehensive info to be used in feature matching.

 

  • Inclusion of particular apps is subject to change based on features and an ongoing track record of support and updates.

 

  • The purpose of this chart isn’t to name a “best” app since the “best” AAC for that individual is the combination of options (variety of apps, SGDs, no-tech, etc.) that meets their needs at that moment in time.

 

  • This chart is not intended to imply that any app not on this list is not well designed or serve a very important function. I have other posts highlighting those “specialty” apps. Think of apps in this chart as main tools in an AAC toolbox. Like the difference between a hammer and an Alan Wrench. It’s important to consider what “tools” are needed for specific situations.

 

  • I would not expect any app to have every feature in this chart nor would every feature be applicable to every potential AAC user.

 

  • The PDF is intended to interactive so you can zoom in to see content and tap on links. It contains lots of links and those may not work if trying to use it in Safari or another browser. It’s best viewed in the Books app on an iPad or a PDF viewer. One good free option is PDF Reader & Annotator app by Xodo Technologies Inc. that can be used on any platform (https://www.xodo.com/). If viewing in Xodo on a laptop, it may work best in older viewer: https://www.xodo.com/app-old/#/pdf.

 

  • The PDF is NOT formatted to be printed. If a subscriber needs access to a printable version they can contact me via private message. I can generate an alternative multi-page PDF.

  • You may not copy any part of this document (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 other blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files.

 

  • Please do not share the direct link to this PDF. In order to keep this project sustainable it is important that each person using the chart have a paid recurring subscription to my Ko-fi page. Plus the link change I do updates, delete the old file and upload a new one. I will announce when updates have been made and will date each version. It’s important to only use the most current version of this chart.

 

  • I assume no liability for app purchases and am not making patient-specific recommendations.

This document 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.

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

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.)

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

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

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

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

How to Get Access to the Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (2/16/21) – compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting (part of a larger feature matching chart)

How to Get Access to the Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (2/16/21)

  • This chart contains information that was confirmed with each app developer to insure accuracy.
  • It is part of a much larger feature matching chart that will be accessible to recurring monthly subscribers on my Ko-fi page (requires a small monthly subscription of $4 per month to keep this project sustainable). See this Facebook post for more info: https://bit.ly/2ZnFTAV.

The feature matching chart is now available: https://ko-fi.com/post/Top-10-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-App-Feature-Matching-C-G2G33OX9Y

  • Inclusion in the “Top 10” was based on features, long term availability in the App Store, good history of being updated, having patients who benefited from using the app, gathering data from app recommendations from SLPs who have expertise in AAC, etc. The list was purposefully limited to the top 10 in order to keep it manageable for updates as apps continue to add features in the future. I plan on maintaining and updating the chart for the foreseeable future to help meet the need for current and comprehensive info to be used in feature matching. Inclusion of particular apps is subject to change based on features and an ongoing track record of support and updates. The purpose of this chart isn’t to name a “best” app since the “best” AAC for that individual is the combination of options (variety of apps, SGDs, no-tech, etc.) that meets their needs at that moment in time. This chart is not intended to imply that any app not on this list is not well designed or serve a very important function.

Get the free 1-page PDF: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/how-to-get-top-10-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps-21621-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms-ccc-slp-omazing-kids-aac.pdf


Looking for info about how to get access to digital PODD options? Head over to this post and scroll down to that section: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2018/01/10/i-have-something-to-say-about-podd/

The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

Terms of Use:

  • You may not copy any part of this document (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 other blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files. Instead, feel free to share the post from my blog or social media sites.
  • The direct link to the PDF will change as I upload an update and delete the previous version.

I assume no liability for app purchases and am not making patient-specific recommendations.

This document 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.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC 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.)

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

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

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

More clarification about my OMazing Kids AAC Ko-fi subscription page

Hitting “Follow” or “Support – One Time” doesn’t result in an ongoing monthly subscription.

If you had already done a 1x donation and intended to subscribe, please send me a message so I can share the links to the subscriber-only content posted on 2/9 & 2/12/21. The rest of the posts done through 2/12/21 have been viewable to anyone who supported (1x & ongoing monthly).

If you are interested in a monthly subscription, here are the steps:

  • Create your free Ko-fi account (you need an account so Ko-fi will know to unlock subscriber content when you visit my page)
  • Go to my Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac
  • Tap “Support”
  • Tap “Monthly” (amount is automatically set at $4)
  • Tap “Donate” (even though Ko-fi has the subscription option I can’t edit the button that says “donate” to say “subscribe”)
  • That will set you up to auto-pay $4 per month via PayPal. I’ve personally used PayPal for several years so I trust it. At this point in time PayPal is the only means of payment. There is potentially an option for me to add Stripe as a payment option for credit cards but the process is complicated and the fees are higher. So I don’t plan on doing that unless there is a huge need for it.
  • You should receive an e-mail from PayPal that can serve as a receipt or log onto your PayPal account and print what you need from there.
  • You will receive an email from Ko-fi when I post new content. When you are on the site you’ll also see a Ko-fi notification (🔔). I will also be posting announcements about new content on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and my blog (which also has a way to subscribe to e-mail notifications)

Feel free to send me private message on my OMazing Kids AAC Facebook page if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

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More info on why I chose to try out Ko-fi: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/02/10/info-about-the-ko-fi-platform-why-i-chose-it-for-my-new-omazing-kids-aac-subscription-service/
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC 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.)

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

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

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

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

New content for subscribers on Ko-fi: Groovy Joe – Ice Cream and Dinosaurs

Here’s what recurring monthly subscribers get in my activity page for this book:

* two large symbols (for use on a BIGmack or similar device)

* lists of Core Vocabulary, Fringe Vocabulary and Repeated Lines

* links to the book on Amazon, a Read Aloud on YouTube & free downloads from the illustrator (activity guide & songs)

https://ko-fi.com/post/Groovy-Joe-Ice-Cream-and-Dinosaurs-Themed-Activi-W7W23MM03

See this blog post for info about how to subscribe: https://bit.ly/376ckYP


Feel free to send me private message on my OMazing Kids AAC Facebook page if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


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

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

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

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

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Info about the Ko-fi platform & why I chose it for my new OMazing Kids AAC subscription service

I’ve received several questions about my new OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Ko-fi page (https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac). Most folks haven’t heard of Ko-fi so here’s a bit of info.

Ko-fi is similar to the more well-known Patreon platform but different in many ways that made it a better option for me to try:

  • It’s much more affordable. I upgraded to Gold to be able to offer subscriptions but that was affordable to do (only $4.50 per month if paid annually)
  • They don’t take a cut of the earnings (just the fee deducted by PayPal)
  • Payment is via PayPal (both by you & to me). I’ve personally used PayPal for several years so I trust it. There is potentially an option to add Stripe as a payment option for credit cards but the process is complicated and the fees are higher. So I don’t plan on doing that unless there is a huge need for it.
  • It allows the option for me to post content accessible to specific audiences (subscriber only, subscriber + 1x supporter donation, public)
  • It offers the option to sell customized “commissioned” works
  • I liked the look and feel of Ko-fi
  • See this post for more info on the differences: https://medium.com/@kofi_blog/patreon-or-ko-fi-whats-the-difference-e2ce81a4334e

Even though Ko-fi has the subscription option I haven’t been able to find a way to edit the button that says “donation” to say “subscribe”.

How to “subscribe” in order to get access to my exclusive “subscriber only” content:

  • Create your free Ko-fi account (you need an account so Ko-fi will know to unlock subscriber content when you visit my page)
  • Tap “Support”
  • Tap “Monthly” (amount is automatically set at $4)
  • Tap “Donate” (even though Ko-fi has the subscription option I haven’t been able to find a way to edit the button that says “donate” to say “subscribe”)
  • That will set you up to auto-pay $4 per month via PayPal. You should receive an e-mail from PayPal that can serve as a receipt or log onto your PayPal account and print what you need from there.
  • You will receive an email from Ko-fi when I post new content. When you are on the site you’ll also see a Ko-fi notification (🔔). I will also be posting announcements about new content on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and my blog (which also has a way to subscribe to e-mail notifications)

How to cancel a subscription (scroll down to “Subscribed Using PayPal” section: https://help.ko-fi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007556993-How-Do-I-Cancel-a-Subscription-to-a-Creator-
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I look forward to sharing AAC info with you and hope you find it helpful 😊

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Feel free to send me private message on my OMazing Kids AAC Facebook page if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

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

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

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

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

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

 

Changing Symbol Skin Tones in AAC apps – short video and handout added to the OMazing Kids AAC Ko-fi page (exclusive subscriber content)

Did you know that you can change the symbol skin tones system wide in three robust AAC apps without the need for any add-on purchases or doing button by button programming?

Yup…. Grid for iPad by Smartbox Assistive Technology, Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare & TouchChat with WordPower by Saltillo all currently offer this feature and several other app developers have it under development for release in 2021. Such a cool feature to support diversity in AAC 🙌🏾. Knowing that this feature exists is my free Tuesday Tip.

If you want to know more…. a short “how to” video and 1-page handout are available as exclusive content to monthly subscribers on my new Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

My Ko-fi page has a specific focus on providing information and tools for feature matching, short videos highlighting features in apps, ways to incorporate books and toys to keep AAC fun, etc… with a very small $4 per month subscription to cover tech expenses and time to keep resources up to date/sustainable.

Thanks to everyone for your support 😊

Feel free to send me private message on my OMazing Kids AAC Facebook page if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


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

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

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

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

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Updated PDF for the The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond resource list

The PDF in the “The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond: Interactive PDF Resource List of iOS apps, Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, Teletherapy Resources and Online Resources – organized by goal areas, themes and topics” blog post was updated today (1/14/21).

What’s New:

• Updated link to the various grid sizes of printable Snap Core First communication boards (in AAC section)

• The Bookish AAC’s YouTube channel & Mr. Clay’s YouTube channel (added in AAC section with COREaoke links)

• AAC Parent Coaching YouTube channel (in the Parent Activities section)

• Tools for Clear Speech video modeling for placement (in Articulation section)

• Body Parts – No Print Interactive PDF (in the Basic Concepts section),

• LiveWorksheet website (in the Create Own Materials section)

• Wordless Short Videos for Language Therapy & AAC LAMP Vocabulary Teletherapy EdPuzzle: Wordless Animation (in the Inferences section)

• Scattergories and Cognishine (in the Online Games section)

• WH-Question Paragraph Stories with Who, What, Where, When Questions (in WH questions section)

• Updated social media links for OMazing Kids

The original PDF was deleted and the new one uploaded.

So anyone who had saved the PDF to their iPad or computer will need to delete the old one and save the new one to have the most current info.

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/11/29/the-ipad-the-slp-in-2020-and-beyond-interactive-pdf-resource-list-of-ios-apps-boom-cards-teachers-pay-teachers-materials-teletherapy-resources-and-online-resources-organized-by-goa/


The best way to reach me is via a private message on my OMazing Kids Facebook page


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

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

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

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

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Review & Comparison of Features in Digital PODD iPad apps in 2021 (simPODD, Grid for iPad, Snap Core First and PODD with Compass)

 

Review & Comparison of Features in Digital PODD iPad apps in 2021 (simPODD, Grid for iPad, Snap Core First and PODD with Compass)

I just updated my comprehensive blog post about PODD AAC to add Snap Core First with PODD to my in-depth review and comparison of features in all of the digital PODD iPad apps currently available in the USA App Store: simPODD, Grid for iPad, Snap Core First and PODD with Compass. Rather than doing it in a separate post I decided to add it to that post to keep everything PODD related in one spot.

Updated info is highlighted throughout that post and I tested all links and updated those. Scroll down towards the bottom of the post until you see the same pic that is on this post to find the app reviews and comparisons of features:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2018/01/10/i-have-something-to-say-about-podd/


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Want to suggest PODD resources or info to be added to that post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page. If you are an app developer and would like to have me review a new digital PODD app for the iPad or PODD that was added to an existing app via IAP, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads is compatible in order to try it out.

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

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

 

The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond: Interactive PDF Resource List of iOS apps, Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, Teletherapy Resources and Online Resources – organized by goal areas, themes and topics (updated 1-14-21)

 

The iPad and the SLP in 2020 and Beyond - a new free interactive resource from OMazing Kids

Happy Cyber Monday! We are all using technology now more than ever in 2020. There has been a significant increase in Speech Language Pathologists and parents asking for app recommendations in the midst of this pandemic since so many are doing distance learning and teletherapy.

 

So I spent the past 8 months creating this FREE resource to help fellow SLPs and parents. 

A big shift has taken place in the iOS App Store kids and therapeutic app market since I posted my original big app list on 12/31/16 (https://bit.ly/3js1CA7). Many of those apps are no longer available for purchase and some have totally disappeared. I chose to leave that post up as a time capsule of the apps that existed then plus it’s helpful to have the names for older apps when you want to find an app in your “Purchased” area in the App Store. 

This is a fresh resource list with items that were all verified as being available and links verified as working at the time they were added over the past 8 months.

 

An iPad is only as good as the apps that you load on it. Think of the iPad as being the toolbox & the apps within it as tools. Many high quality apps specifically designed by SLPs for SLPs allow you to do in-app data collection, look at data over time, e-mail reports, and swipe through stimulus cards rapidly which allows you to get in more reps. Plus many kids are highly motivated by anything presented on an iPad. Having most of the major robust AAC apps at my fingertips to try at any moment was life changing for many of my patients.

Don’t have an iPad? No worries…. there are tons of things besides apps included on this resource list: Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, online games, green screen resources, tips for screen mirroring, document cameras, etc… In the Articulation section I included info about Android versions of apps. If you are a pediatric SLP or a parent of a child with special needs, I promise you’ll find something on this list that you’ll love!  I provided services for kids, teens and young adults (birth – 21 years of age) for 28 years so I have a vast and varied collection of apps and other materials and resources targeting almost every goal and theme you can think of. 

This is a “vetted” list with a mix of paid and free items. With very rare exceptions, I only share info about apps and resources that I have actually downloaded and tried and only post about those that I see as being either helpful in therapy, classroom or to parents of kids with special needs. There are thousands of apps in the App Store and thousands of other resources so it can be difficult to find ones to best meet our needs as SLPs.

The interactive PDF is not intended to be printed due the number of pages (currently 253 pages), number of links and since it will be periodically updated. It will be most useful to save the PDF in the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and iPhone where you can tap on links to apps and resources and hyperlinks within the Table of Contents to jump to that section, zoom in and scroll. It should work in the same way on Google PDF Viewer for those wanting to view it on an Android tablet or phone. It can also be viewed and used in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF Reader software on a computer.

Other Important Info: None of the links in this document are “affiliate” links and nobody “paid” to have their apps, resources or products included. I am providing this as a FREE unbiased resource from OMazing Kids. That integrity is more important to me than any potential money I might have been able to make by selling this as a resource on Teachers Pay Teachers or on my blog. I may venture into creating Boom Cards and TPT materials in the future but at this point everything that I have created remains free on my blog.

 

Want to suggest an app or resource to be added to this list? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

  • If it’s a free iOS app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can try it out.
  • If it’s a paid iOS app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.
  • If it’s another type of resource that’s free, please send the link so I can try it out.
  • If it’s another type of paid resource, please send the link so I can take a look at the info before sending me a free copy.

Found a broken link or an app or resources that is no longer available? I anticipate that there may be apps and resources that have disappeared over the 8 month timeframe that I worked on this document so please let me know if that happened or if you notice that any have disappeared in the future. The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

 

I plan on periodically updating the this list so it’s best to “bookmark” and share the link to this blog post since the link to the PDF will change when it’s updated. I will update the date on a revised PDF and will indicate the date it was updated in the blog post. You’ll then need to delete the old copy from the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and save the newest version.

Video Demo of this Interactive PDF:

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Apps & Websites to Create Materials with Symbols on an iPad & iPhone (plus Android options) – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC- SLP at OMazing Kids

Apps & Websites to Create Materials with Symbols on an iPad & iPhone (plus Android options)

This post is dedicated to iOS apps and mobile-friendly websites that can be used to make printable communication boards, PECS symbols, pictures for visual schedules, visual supports, therapy materials, etc…  I’ve also included info about Android options but since I don’t own any Android devices I can’t comment on how well they work on that platform.

It’s 2020… we are all busier than ever and need to be able to make these printable items all from the convenience of our iPad or iPhone (not having to sit at a computer). Imagine creating things in the middle of a therapy session and then being able to email them to a parent or sending them wirelessly to a printer. It’s a common request that I see from busy SLPs especially during the pandemic so this post was inspired by you.

Looking for a web-based option that CAN be used on an iPad or iPhone? (or any device on any platform)

LessonPix has recently updated their website to be mobile-friendly and are frequently adding features SLPs are needing for teletherapy / distance learning (https://lessonpix.com/m/). It’s so cool to be able to create things from my iPad or iPhone! Since it is web based it can be used on any device regardless of the platform.

  • It’s very affordable at $3.00 per month (billed annually as $36/year with a fabulous refund policy: https://lessonpix.com/articles/11/29/LessonPix+Refund+Policy)
  • Huge library of over 50,000 symbols including PRC Unity symbols: https://lessonpix.com/clipart/386/PRC+Unity®+Symbols and LAMP Words for Life symbols: https://lessonpix.com/clipart/409/LAMP+Words+For+Life. You can also upload your own pictures (or even take pictures directly from your iPhone)
  • Hundreds of templates to make custom materials (https://lessonpix.com/articles/4/Articles/Custom+Materials). It’s especially handy to make materials to adapt commonly used games such as Cranium Cariboo, Guess Who?, Headbandz & Zingo.
  • Templates for overlays for several mid-tech AAC devices (https://lessonpix.com/articles/4/217/AAC+Template+Overlays)
  • Interfaced with Google Translate so it’s easy to translate materials into over 100 different languages.
  • Can be linked to your Coughdrop AAC account to use the symbols there (https://coughdrop.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002600603-How-do-I-link-my-CoughDrop-and-LessonPix-accounts- & https://youtu.be/uNSaZ2GTf_I)
  • Vector images that can be scaled to any size without pixelating or becoming grainy.
  • Images are available in color, stencil or outline (black & white).
  • SLPs will especially LOVE the Sound Finder, Letter Finder, Pattern Finder (find words for specific syllable shapes – CVC, CV, VC, etc), Number of Syllables, Rhymes With and Minimal Pairs options
  • Symbol Builder (combine and recolor symbols – including a range of skin tones. Also now has masks: https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/315/Masks+On)
  • Character Folder with symbols of specific people of different ages, cultures, race, and disabilities (https://lessonpix.com/clipart/521/Characters)
  • Images can be exported.
  • Save your image tray as a collection to easily reuse later.
  • LessonPix add-ins for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Don’t have a new enough version of MS Office or work in a setting where your IT department blocks add-ins? You can copy and paste items from LessonPix into these documents. The moveable game pieces, spinner and dice in PowerPoint looks really helpful for those doing distance learning / teletherapy. 
  • New Play Tools side bar. The “Play” tab on their PowerPoint add-in has been a huge hit, allowing SLPs and teachers to share custom Dice, Spinners, Draw a Card and more with their remote clients. Those of you not using PowerPoint need the same tools… so they just added a stand-alone version of the Play Tools that you can launch as a separate window. That means it will work with ANY platform you’re using. See this video for details:

  • Can be used in Google Slides and Jamboard.
  • Sharing Center with access to lots of items other folks have created and shared. Love how it’s organized.
  • LessonPix Users Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lessonpix.users

This is just a brief overview of what you get with LessonPix. I’m totally hooked after trying it for several days. I can definitely see why so many SLPs love LessonPix!

More info: https://lessonpix.com/learnMore.php.


Tutorials and tips: https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/Tutorials%20and%20Tips.

Tips for Using Google Applications with LessonPix in Teletherapy and Distance Learning: https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/302/Tips+for+Using+Google+Applications+with+LessonPix+in+Teletherapy+and+Distance+Learning

Articles – Custom Materials: https://lessonpix.com/articles/4/Custom+Materials. LessonPix

University Outreach Program (free access for students seeking a degree in speech pathology, education, or other programs that require visual supports): https://lessonpix.com/articles/1/168/LessonPix+University+Outreach+Program

A quick overview video (< 2 minutes): https://youtu.be/8scbKyZaTp4. Lots more to explore on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lessonpix. They also frequently offer FREE live webinars and have a pre-recorded training (https://lessonpix.com/articles/3/225/Live+Webinar+Training).

Plus they share lots of ideas via live Facebook videos: https://www.facebook.com/lessonpix/


So I hope you add LessonPix to your therapy toolbox. But you may need a few more tools. What about situations where you may not have internet access or need other types of symbols? Keep reading…. there are several iOS apps that are affordable (some are even free):

Here’s one that’s easy to use and very affordable:

Here’s one that’s also easy to use and has more robust features specifically for building communication board grids. It’s more expensive but well worth the price and a very affordable way to access PCS Symbols:

  • Tools2Talk+ Create your own communication aids and chat by Scope (Aust) Ltd, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tools2talk-create-your-own-communication-aids-and-chat/id1074982035, iPad only, iOS 8.0 or later, $47.99. Includes over 20,000 PCS symbols (PCS classic core symbols, PCS ThinLine (sets 1 & 2), PCS classic addenda, as well as PCS Australia and PCS New Zealand.) If you work with adults, look for the ThinLine symbols that have a more adult look to them. Also includes Compic symbols. Plus you can import photos from your Camera Roll or use the in app camera. Has several templates to choose from (ABC board, calendar, chores chart, communication book cover, communication book 1, communication book 2, daily timetable, first-then, personal communication dictionary cover, personal communication dictionary, personal history, phrase list, QWERTY, shopping list, weekly timetable, who’s here today). You can choose any grid combination using a row-column picker from 1-9, you can set a default font, font size and font color. You can print from within the app or send the board as a PDF attachment via e-mail. Unique in that you can also use these boards with text-to-speech voice output. This app is quite affordable compared to the price of Boardmaker software (Boardmaker v.6 for Windows: $399.00 + PCS Classic: 2000-2012 Addendum Bundle: $125.00 + PCS ThinLine Set 1 & 2: $260 = $784) or a Boardmaker Online subscription (Personal: $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year; Professional: $19.99 per month or $199.00 per year) and allows you to make things from the convenience of an iPad (this is a huge plus…. especially since Mayer Johnson has indicated that they are still not going to have iPad compatibility when they launch Boardmaker 7) and is much easier to use than the Snap Core First hack outlined below. See my review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/06/19/app-review-tools2talk-an-affordable-way-to-access-pcs-symbols. More info: https://shop.scopeaust.org.au/shop/tools2talk-app/. Video overviews: https://youtu.be/YH6EBU96G6U & https://youtu.be/dzoUyxbtrBE (from the developer at TherapyBox). A longer video tutorial: https://youtu.be/cIDa5xUrdHQ. An archived webinar: https://www.callscotland.org.uk/professional-learning/webinars/WEB112/.

Thinking Outside of the Box: Two Creative Uses for Snap Core First:

Snap Core First by Tobii Dynavox LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snap-core-first/id1072799231, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later, FREE

Idea # 1: Use this free app as a tool to access PCS symbols to use in another app (especially helpful if you need the PCS High Contrast symbols).

Idea #2: Use this free app as a tool to make printed communication boards, personalized core boards, PECS cards, symbol label cards, cards for visual schedules, visual sequences, story props and other visuals.

Head over to this post for the step-by-step details: https://bit.ly/34xpHke

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Here’s an option to consider if you want lots of templates for overlays for several mid-tech AAC devices as well as grids, game boards, etc. and would use it enough to be worth the cost of a subscription:

  • Custom Boards Elite by Smarty Ears, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/custom-boards-elite/id489935586, iPad only, iOS 10.0 or later. The app is free and has a 7 day free trial. After that ends, it requires a subscription via IAP ($9.99 per month, $49.99 per six months (= $8.33 per month) or $59.99 per year (= $4.99 per month). That’s similar to the cost of a subscription to their online Smarty Symbols website which is designed to work on a computer (not an iPad). See my review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/12/14/review-smarty-symbols-image-club/). The description in the App Store shows other IAPs so watch for those. The app includes over 20,000 Smarty Symbols plus you can import photos from your Camera Roll or use the in app camera. More info: https://www.smartyearsapps.com/custom-boards/. Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/fTDKw44rK3c Smarty Ears used to offer a fully paid version of the app that didn’t require a subscription (Custom Boards – Premium, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/custom-boards-premium/id463344117?mt=8) but it is no longer available for purchase. I own that app so I was able to compare it to the subscription version. The subscription version contains the same templates but offers more symbols (often with various skin tones and hair styles). Tip for finding symbols quickly: Instead of leaving it at the default “All-All-All”, pick a “All-Initial- and then the first letter in the word you are searching for.

Just looking for a very basic free option? There are several free AAC apps that aren’t specifically designed to make printable boards or symbol cards but can easily be used to do so. All involve taking a screenshot of the page and then printing that so I’m only suggesting ones that won’t take tons of ink to print and don’t have extra things besides buttons or those where that can be easily cropped off. Be sure to crop your screenshot before printing to save on ink.

 

  • Choices2Go by University of Victoria, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/choices2go/id1182138316, iPad only, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. You create boards by importing pics from an album on your Camera Roll. The number of pictures you select determines the picture size and number of pics on a grid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6). No way to add text to the buttons or to change the background color on the page (pale yellow). Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

  • GoTalk NOW LITE by Attainment Company, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-lite/id953164338, iPad only, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. You can create one communication book with up to five pages and can have 1, 2, 4, 9, 16, 25 or 36 buttons per page. This app is super easy to use. You can use images from their free library, do an internet search from within the app, take a photo from within the app and/or import pictures from your Camera Roll. You can change the border color on each button and change the font, font size and font color. This free lite version doesn’t have a way to export a PDF to print so I take a screenshot of a page, crop and print it. Works best if you set the page background and button background both to white to save ink when printing. I know there’s a GoTalk Start version that looks tempting since it’s priced at $19.99 but it doesn’t add the ability to export a PDF. I own the GoTalk NOW PLUS version of this app (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-plus/id742150885) so I also have access to SymbolStix and PCS symbols and have used it frequently to make printable boards and symbol cards. 

  • MyTalkTools Mobile Lite by 2nd Half Enterprises LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mytalktools-mobile-lite/id376401959, iOS Universal, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE. The app includes 6 pre-made boards (Adult Male lite, Adult Female lite, Child Male lite, Child Female lite, Hospital Rehab & Basic Starter) that can all be edited plus a Blank Board (up to 20 buttons – build what you want from scratch). Add/delete rows and columns on a page to get grid size you want. Import your own pictures. Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

  • Alexicom AAC by Alexicom Tech LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/alexicom-aac/id395122088, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE. Has content included or you can build your own board from scratch. You can create new pages and set the number of rows, number of columns & pic width. FYI…. if you tap on the “info” area and scroll all the way to the bottom there is a list of “pic width” numbers that work best with various combinations of rows & columns. This app developer also has several apps specifically designed for adults in medical situations. Those are all currently free and could also be used to make boards to print (https://www.alexicomaac.com/elements-apps). Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

  • Choice Boards by Lukasz Wroczynski, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/choice-boards/id1059544273, iPad only, iOS 9.3 or later, FREE. Grid options are 6 or 12, only in Portrait orientation. No way to make larger pictures but you can choose to leave cells empty and that leaves blank space. Take a screenshot, crop and print that.

CoughDrop is an affordable web-based AAC open source option that can be used in a web browser online and works in apps across multiple platforms – iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle, Windows: https://www.mycoughdrop.com. They offer a free 2-month trial. After that it’s either a monthly subscription (currently $6.00 per month).

Info about pricing options: https://www.mycoughdrop.com/pricing. They often offer a 50% off discount on the Lifetime Subscription fee in April (Autism Acceptance month) & October (AAC Awareness month).

Coughdrop has Open Source symbols, has PCS symbols and SymbolStix available as a separate purchases and can be linked to a LessonPix account.

Like Snap Core First, the printing feature was designed as a means to print a no-tech copy of a user’s board. After some trial and error and test prints, I settled on a 6 column x 4 row grid as being really close to 1.5″ x 1.5″ symbols when printed. Be sure to test print a blank grid to make sure you like the size before adding symbols to save on ink.

iOS app: CoughDrop by CoughDrop, Inc., https://apps.apple.com/us/app/coughdrop/id1021384570, iOS Universal, iOS 9.0 or later, FREE app. See info above about subscription pricing.

Android app: CoughDrop AAC, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mycoughdrop.coughdrop

Amazon Kindle app: CoughDrop AAC, https://www.amazon.com/CoughDrop-Inc-AAC/dp/B01BU8RUEY/

Windows: Be sure to download the right version for your operating system. https://www.mycoughdrop.com/download

Web Browser: CoughDrop is a web-first application, and should work with many modern web browsers.


There are a couple of other free apps specifically designed for creating and printing communication symbols but I don’t find them nearly as easy to use and how well they work depends on the version of iOS running on that device:

  • PictoMaker by Les Applications C, Inc, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pictomaker/id1477449329, iOS Universal, iOS 10.0 or later (but the app crashes when trying to print if using anything older than iOS 11. Worked fine on my iPhone running iOS 13.5.1), FREE. There’s a +/- button on the app to make the pictures bigger or smaller and thus also changing the grid size.

  • ProxTalker® App – Lite by ProxTalker.com LLC, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/proxtalker-app-lite/id593099176, iOS Universal, iOS 8.0 or later (pictures are not showing up when trying to print if using anything older than iOS 11 but you can still take a screenshot and then print it), FREE. This free lite version includes a few of their symbols (most of those seem more appropriate for kids) but you can import photos from your Camera Roll.

Other apps that can be used to make printable overlays for specific mid-tech AAC devices:


Looking for options for Android?

Head over to this post and scroll down to the Android section for more info: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/13/free-and-affordable-symbol-based-aac-apps-for-ios-ipad-and-iphone-android-google-play-and-amazon-windows-web-browsers-plus-how-to-find-open-source-symbols-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms/


See this post for tips on printing wirelessly. It’s super easy using AirPrint on an iPhone or iPad. Hoping it’s as easy on other platforms but I only have iOS devices so don’t know: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6060-how-to-print-smartphone-tablet.html


📷 Symbols & Photos: LessonPix and some of the apps listed above contain extensive symbol libraries. That’s part of why those apps are priced that way. If you plan on making lots of printable items, it’s a big time saver to have built in searchable symbol libraries. If you are using app that doesn’t include symbols or you need a different type of symbols, head over to this post and scroll down to the bottom for a list of Open Source Symbols: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2020/07/13/free-and-affordable-symbol-based-aac-apps-for-ios-ipad-and-iphone-android-google-play-and-amazon-windows-web-browsers-plus-how-to-find-open-source-symbols-list-compiled-by-angela-moorad-ms/.

If you want real photos, many of the apps offer the option to use an in-app camera. Or you can search and save images from the internet to the Camera Roll on your iPad. Tips: Look to see what shape of pictures work best in the app(s) you will be using. Most work best with square pictures so I crop them and then organize them in folders to be able to find them quickly later.


📥 Want to suggest iOS apps or mobile-friendly website to be added to this post? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

If it’s a free iOS app or website, please include the link in your message so I can try it out. If it’s a paid iOS app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.


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Thanks,

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

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