Independent Living Inc. Pediatric Therapy is proud to announce Apple’s iPad is coming to our pediatric therapy clinics. We have named a few therapists to specialize in special education iPad apps built specifically to help in the development of children with special needs including: autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, apraxia, and other diagnoses.
Sign up for our newsletter to keep yourself informed as we review multiple special education iPad apps. This will include our experiences in the development of children with special needs utilizing this technology. Here are three outstanding iPad apps to get you started:
By Assistive Apps
The developer, Assistive Apps created an affordable Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) device. Assistive Chat is catered to speech and language difficulties. The biggest challenge for such users when using AAC devices is the number of key strokes required to construct any one sentence, which can take a significant amount of time to have a decent conversation with anyone. They have overcome this challenge by designing a simple and efficient application to allow users to communicate at the fastest rate possible, with natural sounding voices. Here is a list of Assistive Chat’s features:
- Landscape and Portrait Modes to cater to different needs.
- Word Prediction to minimize keystrokes.
- Adaptive learning to add new vocabulary used into the Word Prediction list.
- Favorites list for users to save commonly used sentences.
- 3 preloaded voices for user to pick through.
- Adjustable volume and speed for voices.
- Large font and buttons for easy access.
- Recent list for quick access to previously spoken sentences.
- Self-learning “next word” prediction.
Assistive Chat is currently only designed for the English Language.
Check out these Assistive Chat screenshots:
This full-featured Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) solution for people who have difficulty speaking provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices (currently American, British and Indian English Only). it has high resolution up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 words, advanced word prediction capabilities, full expandability and extreme ease of use.
Proloquo2Go is for anyone who cannot afford spending thousands of dollars on an AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), teachers and parents recommend it for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Check out these Proloquo2Go screenshots:
By Good Karma Applications, Inc
Scene Speak provides a framework on the iPad to create visual scene displays. This application allows an image can be edited with active “sound areas” that can be selected and used as a means of communication. Images then can added into “books” by theme or area of interest. Scene Speak is a wonderful communication tool for those with autism, aphasia, apraxia, developmental disabilities or anyone wanting to enhance receptive language or visual memory.
Here is a list of features:
- Ability to add your own personalized images from your home computer.
- Search for and add images from the built-in internet image search feature.
- Ability to crop and re-size images.
- Use five preloaded voices in the TTS feature or record your own voice to the “sound areas”.
- The size of the “sound areas” can be enlarged as needed.
- Add multiple “sound areas” to one image.
- Multiple visual scenes can be grouped into books.
- Multiple books can be stored in the app’s Library for future use.
- Pages in the book can be locked/unlocked as needed.
- FILE SHARING: you can backup your saved “Books” and “VSD’s” on your home computer or you can share them with a person with the same application.
- The app comes preloaded with eleven generic scenes that can be edited and sound areas added.
Preloaded scenes include:
- Child’s Bedroom
- Living room
- Doctor’s office
- “What Hurts?” (Boy, girl, man, woman).