Our Katie M., SLP, has been assisting one of our clients that recently purchased an iPad to use as her communication device. She is 20 years old, and has difficulty communicating verbally due to Cerebral Palsy. She has only been using her iPad for a few weeks, and is very excited about how easy it is to communicate with her friends and family. Here are a few quotes about why she likes the Assistive Chat app, and her new iPad:
“It’s faster than some other communication devices.”
“I like the word predictor.”
“It’s small so you can take it everywhere and people don’t look at you funny.”
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: