Monday, January 6, 2014

#AppMondayTAS - Proloquo4Text

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Proloquo4Text - (Universal, $129.00)

Reviewer Comments
Proloquo4Text is a text to speech app for alternative communication. The app is text based and includes word prediction and sentence prediction. These two features allow much faster communication through the keyboard than simply typing all the words and sentences.
The app includes a choice of 85 voices and 15 languages. It is easy to switch languages so a bilingual user can easily communicate in both languages. Messages can be delivered auditorily or through AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, email and messaging.
The user can also create and save frequently-used phrases and sentences. The layout and other features of the app can be customized for an individual user. The app can be used any of the IOS based “i” devices, and an internet connection is not needed for communication.
We have used this app with a 15 year old with autism. He previously used a simple text to speech app with a keyboard only. Proloquo4Text allowed him to communicate at a much faster rate, reducing frustration.
The app has many helpful features such as highlighting words or even sentences, saving frequently used words and phrases to use as shortcuts, and the ability to pause and play - giving the user ultimate control in the rate of text changing to speech.
Because it is text-based, this tool would be extremely useful for children and adults who are literate, including those with diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS/MND, laryngectomy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.

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