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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Perspectives: Review of 21 Communication Apps

Today's Division 12 Perspectives has a great-sounding article. If you're not a member of this ASHA Special Interest Group, join HERE.  Click on the title below for a link to the article (requires login).
A Review of 21 iPad Applications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Purposes. Authors: Ashley Alliano, Kimberly Herriger, Anthony D. Koutsoftas, and Theresa E. Bartolotta. Source: Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2012;21 60-71


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.

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