Friday, May 27, 2011

Tap to Talk


App Name/Publisher: Tap to Talk by Assistyx LLC

Description: An application that is a picture-based voice output system that is organized through albums.

Therapy Use: For expressive communication/voice output. It’s ideal for early communicators (those communicating at the single to 2-3 word level).

Example of branching/linking:

1) Make a choice 2) Choose book 3) Is it spot? 4) No...Who is it?
These all include voice output when pressed.

App Benefits/Likes:
• This application allows for web-based programming. Therefore, multiple team members (SLP, parent, teachers, etc.) can program without having the device as long as they can get “on-line” to the Tap To Talk website. The changes can be updated wirelessly, and therefore the device does not need to be manually connected for updates/programming.
•The existing library is adequate, and allows for importing of digital pictures/other images for personalization.
•You are able to record voices vs. using the digitized voice that is provided. This way the client can have a voice that “matches.” (i.e. young boy can have a young boy’s voice)
•Allows for branching/linking of topics to model and assist with more complex language
•Great customer service for troubleshooting
•Affordable option for an AAC device

Cautions:
•Only allows for 8 albums, so can be limiting. However, branching/linking does help offset this limitation
•With many team members able to program, it’s important to have one person (preferably the communication specialist) “in charge” for consistency of programming for the child
•Programming site is not particularly user friendly
•Library of pictures is not extensive and somewhat abstract. However, you can import your own images as previously stated.

App Summary

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

Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Toddler
Preschool
Kindergarten
Early Elementary (Grades 1 – 3)

How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Touch and release

Type of Device
Android
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Nintendo
B&N Color Nook
Web

Cost
$99.95/ yearly subscription

Would you recommend this app?
Yes

Hyperlink
www.taptotalk.com

Reviewed by:
Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
Children’s Therapy Associates (www.childrenstherapyassociates.com)
Twitter: @SLPMeg
www.all4mychild.com (coming May/June 2011)

Review Date: May 26, 2011

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