A Review of 21 iPad Applications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Purposes Using the iPad tablet for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) purposes can facilitate many communicative needs, is cost-effective, and is socially acceptable. Many individuals with communication difficulties can use iPad applications (apps) to augment communication, provide an alternative form of communication, or target receptive and expressive language goals. In this ... Article
Article  |   June 2012
A Review of 21 iPad Applications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Purposes
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ashley Alliano
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • Kimberly Herriger
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • Anthony D. Koutsoftas
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • Theresa E. Bartolotta
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • Author Note: The first and second authors contributed equally to this article.
    Author Note: The first and second authors contributed equally to this article.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Articles
Article   |   June 2012
A Review of 21 iPad Applications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Purposes
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2012, Vol. 21, 60-71. doi:10.1044/aac21.2.60
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2012, Vol. 21, 60-71. doi:10.1044/aac21.2.60
Abstract

Using the iPad tablet for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) purposes can facilitate many communicative needs, is cost-effective, and is socially acceptable. Many individuals with communication difficulties can use iPad applications (apps) to augment communication, provide an alternative form of communication, or target receptive and expressive language goals. In this paper, we will review a collection of iPad apps that can be used to address a variety of receptive and expressive communication needs. Based on recommendations from Gosnell, Costello, and Shane (2011), we describe the features of 21 apps that can serve as a reference guide for speech-language pathologists.

We systematically identified 21 apps that use symbols only, symbols and text-to-speech, and text-to-speech only. We provide descriptions of the purpose of each app, along with the following feature descriptions: speech settings, representation, display, feedback features, rate enhancement, access, motor competencies, and cost.

In this review, we describe these apps and how individuals with complex communication needs can use them for a variety of communication purposes and to target a variety of treatment goals. We present information in a user-friendly table format that clinicians can use as a reference guide.

Acknowledgement
We would like to thank Courtney Stapleton and Katherine Papazoglou for their assistance during the process of researching apps for this project.
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