This blog is designed to document infants/toddlers with disabilities using an iPad to promote their development. I hope to show how this new technology can help children with disabilities develop their communication, play, pre-literacy, cognitive, visual/auditory and motor skills.
My Favorite AAC apps for infants and toddlers with special needs
I have been asked this question a few times lately so here is my list of what I use consistently. I am not a SLP (speech/language pathologist) or trained in anything but some basic alternative/augmentative communication (AAC), but with my 20 years experience with infants and toddlers with multiple medical and/or developmental issues I always go back to starting easy for me, the family and the child so we all start out with success. So far I think the simplest apps that give the most bang for the buck are 1) TapSpeak Button for iPad - Ted Conley $9.99 works like a Big Mac button to make a simple request, 2) Answers:YesNo HD - SimplifiedTouch $1.99 works like a twin talk device with two choices but does not offer pictures as the choices but it does offer choice between two words but have found it successful with many repetitions and HOW powerful when a child can answer a yes/no question and finally 3) iCommunicate for iPad - Grembe Inc. $49.99so far is my favorite app to put in my pictures and voice for choice making in multiple activities. I am going to try TapSpeak Sequence for iPad - Ted Conley this weekend which is similar to a Big Mack Step by Step and as soon as VerbalVictor comes out this week I plan on buying that too. I am sure Proloquo2Go - AssistiveWare is wonderful but at this point I cannot afford to purchase that app and I am concerned it may be advanced for little ones but I would love to try it out.