Friday, May 6, 2011

ICOON: Global Picture Dictionary

App Name/Publisher: ICOON: Global Picture Dictionary by Amberpress

Description: ICOON: Global Picture Dictionary is an app for picture communication. Originally intended for easing communication abroad, this can be easily adapted to help those with disabilities in their day to day lives. The line drawings and pictures show 500 everyday objects and symbols broken down into 12 categories. This app has pictures only, no sound or words. This app is a communication aid for people with aphasia, ALS, traumatic brain injury, autism, cerebral pasly.

Therapy Use: For expressive (non-verbal) output; as a therapy activity for receptive language and word finding. (ie. "point to the apple" or "what is this called?")

App Benefits/Likes:
Inexpensive at $0.99
Can be used with ESL patients
Clean, simple layout
Over 500 pictures and 12 categories
Can be used in both therapy and as communication tool in the community

Cautions: For children, adults; no words or voice output

App Summary

Skill(s) Targeted
Expressive Language
Receptive Language
Social Skills/Pragmatics

Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Upper Elementary (Grades 3- 6)
Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7-9)
High School (Grades 10 – 12)

How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Touch and release

Type of Device
iOS Device


Would you recommend this app?


Reviewed by
Jena H. Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP

Review Date
April 27, 2011


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