Tap to Talk is a new application by Assistyx that â€śturns
handheld devices like smart phones and tablets into AAC (Augmentive and
Alternative Communication) devices.â€ť
For those individuals unfamiliar with those terms, this app assists
nonverbal children communicate.
For those parents and caregivers of nonverbal children,
meeting your childâ€™s needs on a daily basis can be a struggle. However, through the use of technology,
new ways of communication become easier and more manageable.
The app features categories such as places to go, things to
eat, and emotions. When a child
taps on a category, a voice states which subject area the child is
entering. The child then has options
to choose from, and the child can tap on the picture. For example, when entering the things to eat category, the
app states â€śIâ€™m hungry,â€ť and the child can choose the picture of the food her
wants to eat -- if he chooses a carrot, the voice speaks, â€śa carrot, please.â€ť
Features of this app include:
- Customization: You can choose pictures from the Tap to Talk library, or you
can add your own. You can also
include your own text and sounds.
The Tap to Talk designer allows you to create the environment appropriate
for each individual.
Since the app is available for smart phones and tablets, it can be taken
- Smart design: The app is developed by Phil Bookman, an expert on creating
technology-based educational tools for special needs kids.
Parents who use the app say it is a more affordable
alternative to other assistive communication devices, and it is easy to use.
Tap to Talk costs $99.95 per year, or you can choose a â€śforeverâ€ť
option for $179.95. Tap to Talk is
not a toy, and it is a powerful communication tool. You can try the app for free to see if it works for you and
your child. Tap to Talk gives the nonverbal child a voice, and it might be a
welcome alternative to other AAC devices.