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Friday, October 28, 2022

Parents: Trick-ot-Treat button for your iPhone

 Need a quick and simple way to say "Trick or Treat" at the neighbors' doors this Halloween? If you are looking for something easy and error free, try the FREE Visuals2Go app on your iPhone.

Visuals2Go is a powerful, inexpensive AAC tool that can be a first step in getting started with AAC i other communication settings, but in its free version on the app store, you can customize the opening screen/user to function as a single communication button to give your child a voice this Halloween.
1. Download the app (only available for iPhone and iPad)
2. Decide what button(s) you want to add. I added two buttons for "trick or treat" and "thank you" with a Google image search (photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens site). Here are the images I used, but you can google "trick or treat" and "thank you" to find these top hits on your phone browser and touch and hold the images you like to Add to Photos.
2. Open the Visuals2Go app and touch the edit button on the home screen. You will see 13 categories of other buttons that come pre-programmed. We are going to hide these in a moment.
3. Choose the upper left + button to add the buttons you would like to use for Trick-or-Treating. I added two. The button will require you to add recorded speech. If there is another child in your family that can record the voice, great! If not, press record on the app and play THIS SOUND on your computer. Here is a child's voice saying "thank you".
4. Now lets hide the other buttons so that they don't distract in the moment. Select all 13 and touch the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to Hide all 13 Albums.

Now touch the small check in the upper right and you are ready to use this board! When you touch the button you want, it will enlarge with this nice dark background and speak the recorded message. You can tap it again to speak the message again and again. 
If you want to be really fancy, swipe left after saying "trick or treat" to speak your "thank you" message! Then off to the next house! Have a fun and safe Halloween!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2022

AAC Ally from Rachel Madel

If you've heard some Talking With Tech podcast, you've heard from Rachel Madel, SLP. I purchased her AAC Ally lifetime access (I think I paid $77) and really like her intro to AAC for parents and how she talks her way through this buy-in process in Module 10. She posted a video (free) on Facebook HERE. Or see this and more with an AAC Ally pass. I think its on sale this month for AAC Awareness in October 2022.


Sunday, October 2, 2022

AAC Awareness 2022 App Sale!

It's October, and that means AAC apps are on sale in the App Store. Lauren Enders, SLP has once again gathered all the info we need to direct our discounded purchasing this AAC Awareness month. Noteable exclusions: TD Snap is not discounted and Tobii-Dynavox did not provide any discount information on the in-app upgrages (such as Gateway) but the Gateway User IS discounted by AssistiveWare for Proloquo2Go!
  • First week of October Talk Suite Pro (50%, then descending discount %ages each following week in Oct)
  • October 1-8 Speak For Yourself
  • October 2-8 CoughDrop (must purchase through
  • October 1-15 Avaz and MDA Avaz Reader for Dsylexia
  • October 1-16 PicSeePal (discount code AAC22 at
  • October 10-16 TouchChat, LAMP WFL, Dialogue AAC
  • October 10-16 Predictable and Scene & Heard
  • October 11-17 Proloquo2Go, Proloquo4text, Pictello, Keeble, Gateway (and subscription services - see at AssistiveWare's site)
  • October 11-17 Choiceworks, Choiceworks Calendar
  • October 19-28 GoVisual Scene Maker by Attainment
  • October 1-31 WordToob: Language Learning Video Modeling
  • October 1-31 Spoken
  • October 1-31 Alexicom AAC Apps

Follow Lauren Enders on Social - she is everywhere!

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On YouTube: Search Lauren Enders AAC and you will NOT be disappointed. I love THIS presentation on team buy-in and AAC implementation

Sunday, September 4, 2022

In Case You Missed It: SCAAC-N Quarterly Meeting 5/19/22

Wonderful presentations from Kathleen Shanfield, OT, and Maria DeLeon, SLP this evening! Our thanks to you both for your generosity with sharing your time and expertise. Here is a link to the meeting notes with resources, in case you missed it.
Save the date for our next quarterly meeting, Wednesday October 19, 6:00pm! And join our mailing list - write to

Saturday, August 27, 2022

LA AT Network - Fall meeting, 9/9/22, 12:30

The LA (and beyond) Assistive Technology Network will meet in 2 weeks (Friday, 9/9, 12:30-1:30) for a Meet-&-Greet on Zoom. This meeting will give a chance for participants to hear from colleagues across the region about their area(s) of expertise and services in order to add to their virtual Rolodex for those times that you need to make a referral, seek mentorship, or call in a favor.

Save the dates for our 2022-23 AT Network Meet-Ups. 

Meetings will be via zoom during lunch from 12:30-1:30pm. Future topics TBA.
  • Fri, Sept. 9th
  • Fri, Nov. 4th
  • Fri,  Jan. 27th
  • Fri, May 5th
Feel free to invite other AT Professionals!

Join the AT Collaborative mailing list by completing this form: 

Many thanks to Diana Neskovska at for organizing and spearheading this group! 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Free iPads - The Voice Options Program, California


FREE iPads / iPads Gratis

Revised 8/2022 due to SCRS-IL no longer participating in device distribution.

Original Post Date: October 04, 2021 (from East LA Regional Center Notifications)

The Voice Options Program offers Californians who are unable to speak or have difficulties speaking with a free speech-generating device (iPad). Through this program, any eligible Californian with a disability has the opportunity to test different applications and independently (for 14 days) and choose the one you believe is best for your needs. Once you choose your preferred speech-generating app, you will receive a brand-new iPad with the app of your choice, along with any assistive technology you may need to comfortably utilize your new iPad.

The five apps currently available to choose from are: GoTalk NOW Plus, LAMP Words for Life, Predictable, Proloquo2Go, Proloquo4Text, or TouchChat HD with WordPower.

Eligibility requirement: Must reside in California and have speech difficulty or unable to speak and can benefit from this program.

 How To Get Started:

  • Step One: Contact a Voice Options program provider near you (below) to schedule an orientation and demonstration.

  • Step Two: Participate in a Voice Options orientation and receive a speech-generating device demonstration.

  • Step Three: Take a short-term loaner iPad home for a 2 to 14-day trial period. The loaner iPad is preloaded with six speech-generating applications. You will practice using two or three of the applications during the trial period to help you determine which speech application will work best for you.

  • Step Four: Receive a new iPad with one speech-generating application of your choice downloaded onto the iPad.

Voice Options program providers in Southern California:

A Voice Discovered, Ventura Office

PO Box 7389, Ventura, CA 93006

Phone/TTY: (805) 651-3906


Communities Actively Living Independent & Free

634 South Spring Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone: (213) 627-0477

TTY: (213) 623-9502


Disabled Resources Center

2750 East Spring Street, #100, Long Beach, CA 90806

Phone: (562) 427-1000

TTY: (562) 427-1366


Easterseals Southern California

1063 McGaw Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: (714) 834-1111

Family Support Network

1894 N. Main Street, Orange, CA 92865

Phone: (714) 447-3301

First Expressions Speech-Language Pathology Services, Riverside Office

4193 Flat Rock Drive, Suite 200, Unit 209, Riverside, CA 92505-7113

Phone: (951) 223-6761


First Expressions Speech-Language Pathology Services, Temecula Office

27720 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 120, Temecula, CA 92590-2609

Phone: (951) 223-6761

Independent Living Resources Center, Santa Barbara Office

423 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone/TTY: (805) 963-0595

Video Phone: (805) 284-9051

Independent Living Resources Center, Ventura Office

702 County Square Drive #105, Ventura, CA 93003

Phone/TTY: (805) 650-5993

Video Phone: (805) 256-1036


Mellisa Essenburg, SLP

7710 Balboa Ave., Suite 227E, San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: (858) 232-5842

North Star SLPC, Inc.

4624 W. Point Loma Blvd. Unit 3, San Diego, CA 92107

Phone: (619) 436-1187

RL Speech Therapy

2831 Camino Del Rio St, Ste 305, San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: (619) 567-9448

Rolling Start, Inc., San Bernardino Office

1955 S. Hunts Lane, #101, San Bernardino, CA 92408

Phone: (909) 890-9516

TTY: (909) 884-7396


Rolling Start, Inc., Victorville Office

16519 Victor Street, #406, Victorville, CA 92392

Phone: (760) 949-7626

Service Center for Independent Life

107 South Spring Street, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-6722

TTY: (909) 445-0726


Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living

2023 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: (626) 587-5010

Fax: (626) 714-7068


Specialized Therapy Services

4204A Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116-2300

Phone: (619) 431-5049


Specialized Therapy Services

2820 Roosevelt Rd., Ste. 104, San Diego, CA 92106-6146

Phone: (619) 431-5049

Speech Bee Speech Therapy

325 Mission Villas Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone: (619) 333-6442

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego

8525 Gibbs Drive, Ste 209, San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: (858) 571-7803

Saturday, October 2, 2021

App Discounts for October


From TASKS Tech Tidbits Newsletter! If you haven't signed up, do so HERE.

AAC APP DISCOUNTS for AAC Awareness Month

Many AAC App vendors provide deep discounts in the month of October. Here are some that we know of. Be sure to check the TASK Facebook page for other updates, or check here for a wonderful graphic put together by the amazing Lauren Enders. 

 Sep. 28-Nov. 1:

·    Talk Suite Pro 50% off (reg $199.99*)

 Oct. 1-7:

·    Speak for Yourself! 50% off (reg. $299.99*)  

 Oct. 1-7:

·    LAMP Words for Life 50% off (reg. $299.99) 

·    TouchChat HD with WordPower 50% off (reg. $299.99) 

·    Dialogue AAC 50% off (reg. $99.99)

 Oct. 1-8

·    Alexicom Tech Elements AAC Apps 50% off

 Oct. 1-8 

·    Predictable 50% off (reg. $159.99)

·    Chatable 50% off 

·    VocaTempo 50% off 

·    Scene & Heard 50% off 

 Oct. 1-15 

·    Avaz AAC 50% off 

·    Avaz AAC Lifetime Edition 50% off (reg. $199.99) 

·    MDA Avaz Reader for Dyslexia 50% off 

·    Free Speech 50% off

 Oct. 1-15 

·    WordToob: Language Learning Video Modeling App $6.99 (reg. $13.99)  

 Oct. 4-8

·    CoughDrop 50% off lifetime account (reg. $200.00)

 Oct. 5-9 

·    Choiceworks $6.99 (reg. $14.99) 

·    Choiceworks Calender $4.99 (reg. $9.99)

·    Choiceworks Bundle $9.99 (reg. $20.99) 

 Oct. 5-9: All AssistiveWare apps on sale 50% off

·    iOS

·    Proloquo2Go

·    Proloquo4Text 

·    Keeble

·    Pictello

·    Gateway

·    Mac

·    Proloquo2Go

·    Proloquo4Text 

·    On-demand AAC Training Videos

 Oct. 10: to celebrate GoTalk Now's 10th anniversary

·    GoTalk Now $10.00 (Reg. $99.99) 



 Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents Magazine 

Choose from five different pumpkin styles, then either “carve” a design of your own, or pick from our library of wacky eyes, noses, and mouths. Add a message, and you’re ready to share your creation with all your friends! This easy-to-navigate, take-anywhere tool is perfect for families on the go. 

Color by Numbers – Halloween (FREE) 

An interactive coloring book for children. This mathematical game teaches children to recognize numbers and solve simple mathematical examples. In addition, this program develops memory, attention, imagination, and logical abilities.

First Words Halloween ($1.99) 

The popular educational app for toddlers is now available with a Halloween theme! First Words Halloween has 54 playfully illustrated words, each matched with not-too-spooky sound effects. First Words apps are toddler-tested and approved, designed for the littlest of fingers. More than just a game, First Words is a sophisticated learning tool that engages your child, encourages exploration and helps them understand the relationships between letters and words.

Online Halloween Games

·    PBS Kids – Arthur’s Tricks and Treats

·    Primary Games – Halloween 

·    Safe Kid Games – Halloween