Monday, December 2, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - TapSpeak Choice AAC

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TapSpeak Choice AAC (iPad only, $219.99)

Reviewer Comments
TapSpeak Choice AAC is an augmentative communication app that is very flexible. The app is appropriate for children and adults. The app supports 40 languages and 88 voices. The voices can also be customized to make them age appropriate for anyone. The app comes with Pixon symbols which are designed for core communication. The PCS symbols (also on DynaVox) are also available. Photos and other images can also be uploaded and used within the app. The number of buttons on the page can range from one button to 56 buttons. This is a great feature as an early user can start with one or two buttons and then work up to a large number of buttons.
There is an optional message bar that can be added to each page to compose full sentences.
Another unique feature of this app is the button setting. There is an anti-stimming setting that prohibits multiple tapping. Settings can also be changed to detect touch on release or using touch averages. These settings allow more accurate access of the app for users with fine motor challenges. Scanning is also available and the scanning function contains many customizable settings. The scanning function allows scanning of buttons as well as the keyboard.
The app is easy to customize and buttons can be added directly to a page without exiting to the library. The buttons are color coded and the color coding can be customized as needed.
Pages can be easily saved and shared via DropBox integration.
TapSpeak Choice AAC is a great AAC app choice for the ability to use scanning as well as the large number of languages available. The app is appropriate for all ages and a range of abilities and communication needs.
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