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Category: Visual learning, routines
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Maker: Grembe Inc.
iCommunicate allows users to design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines and speech cards for your child. Text-to-speech options are available, with approximately 20 different voices to choose from.
When I tested the app, I found the option to record audio and upload your own images a feature that added real personalization to the software. The interface is built with simplicity in mind and although the images and graphics aren't always of the best quality, it is still a valuable application.Click here to view a child with Pradar Willi syndome using the app.(Source: Apple)
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Maker: Assistive Ware
Price: $189.99This app provides a text-to-speech communication facility for those with speaking difficulties. Currently, the voice options available are American, British and Indian English.The default vocabulary is approximately 7000 words, and can be expanded by app users. It does not require Internet access to use.
Click here to view a child with Cerebal palsy using the app.
Category: Schedule and organisation
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Maker: Handhold Adaptive
Price: $49.99iPrompts is an application for the iPod Touch and iPhone that offers a visual schedule, a countdown timer and a simple choice making utility. It is designed to replace needing to carry physical schedules or boards.The visual schedule does allow for a portable way of using the feature for reference, and this in turn can be used as a public means of demonstrating cues for disabled children.However, when testing the app, I found that the countdown visual could be slightly confusing to younger children – an improvement would be making this element of the app clearer and more user-friendly. There is also no way to ‘lock’ the option menu.
Click here to view the iPrompts tutorial.