Monday, June 4, 2012

Free Speech - Augmentative & Alternative Communication App

The Give Speech Foundation recently launched  a free iPad app designed to assist students who have Autism and other speech and communication impairments. The Free Speech app provides a set of images and icons representing common household objects and activities.When a student clicks on an icon the word or phrase is read aloud.

The default categories of icons on the Free Speech app are activities, self-care, grocery store, clothing, descriptors, emotions, and body. You can add more categories and icons to the app by taking pictures with your iPad and labeling them. You can also add more categories and icons to the app by uploading them from albums on your iPad. The video below provides a short overview of the Free Speech app.

Applications for Education
The Free Speech app could be an excellent app to use with students who need assistance communicating their wants, needs, and emotions.

While trying out the Free Speech app I was reminded of this 60 Minutes Story about using iPad apps with students who have Autism.

Thanks to Adam Bellow for sharing this app on Twitter this morning. Adam is working on a new project called EduClipper that looks promising. Click here to sign-up for news about EduClipper.