iPads as Assistive Technology: More Than 30 Apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)


I recently led an introductory iPad workshop for Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty at a local university. One of the resources I prepared for them was a list of iPad apps that might be useful in classes with the department’s students or in the clinic with the children they serve. Many of these apps also have versions for the iPhone and iPod touch device.

I compiled this list from a number of websites and articles I reviewed. These are not presented in any particular order. Those working directly with the children – teachers, clinicians, parents and other caregivers – can best judge which of these apps are most appropriate to meet a particular child’s needs.

UPDATE: I’ve added a PDF file you can download at the end of the list. The file gives the app name, a brief description, price and live URL link for each app.

Proloquo2go
$189.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proloquo2go/id308368164?mt=8

First Then Visual Schedule
$9.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/first-then-visual-schedule/id355527801?mt=8#

My Choice Board
$9.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-choice-board/id384435705?mt=8

MyTalkTools Mobile
$39.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mytalktools-mobile/id324286288?mt=8

Story Builder
$3.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-builder/id377631532?mt=8

Off We Go – Going to the Dentist HD
$4.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/off-we-go-going-to-dentist/id388916811?mt=8#

Off We Go – Going on a Plane HD
$4.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/off-we-go-going-on-a-plane-hd/id388916735?mt=8

Living Safely
$34.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-impact-living-safely/id396774523?mt=8#

TapSpeak Sequence for iPad
$29.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapspeak-sequence-for-ipad/id379541810?mt=8

TapSpeak Button for iPad
$9.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapspeak-button-for-ipad/id364806507?mt=8

ACT Spell
$2.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/act-spell/id379976080?mt=8

iCommunicate for iPad
$49.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icommunicate-for-ipad/id364186415?mt=8

AutoVerbal Talking Soundboard PRO
$9.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autoverbal-talking-soundboard/id368727888?mt=8

iDress for Weather
$1.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idress-for-weather/id385227220?mt=8

soundAMP R
$4.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundamp-r/id318126109?mt=8

Sign 4 Me
$12.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sign-4-me-for-ipad-a-signed/id383462870?mt=8

Social Skills
$6.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/social-skills/id376575786?mt=8

Look2Learn – AAC
$24.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/look2learn-aac/id319600029?mt=8

Stories2Learn
$13.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stories2learn/id348576875?mt=8#

Angry Octopus
$7.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-octopus/id383124859?mt=8#

First Words
$1.99
http://itunes.apple.com/app/first-words/id292620958?mt=8

ArtikPix
Free
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artikpix/id383022107?mt=8

ArtikPix – Full
$49.99
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artikpix-full/id356720379?mt=8

TapToTalk
Free
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taptotalk/id367083194?mt=8

IEP Checklist
Free
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iep-checklist/id348702423?mt=8

iRewardChart
Free and $3.99
http://www.irewardchart.com/

Receptive Identification Apps
$.99
http://kindergarten.com/our-products/ffc-feature-function-class/

Smarty Ears (website)
$1.99 to $49.99
http://smartyearsapps.com/

All of us are smarter than one of us, so if you have other apps that might be added to this list, please leave a comment below. I’ll update the document from time to time. Thank you!

Download the PDF -> iPad_Academy_iPad_Assistive_Apps_List


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over twenty-five years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started the iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale. His iPad Academy helps others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online through a video training series. Video Message from Andy


5 thoughts on “iPads as Assistive Technology: More Than 30 Apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

  • paul

    It has always been the case that a communication system can only be as good as the words it contains. I suggest taking a look at Touchchat. It is an app designed by AAC professionals that offers many features not available in any other AAC ipad software. But more importantly it offer the chance to purchase professionally made vocabularies like Wordpower or Essence that can be loaded into the communication software.

    • Karen

      I agree with Paul that the TouchChat app is a great app by allowing a variety of vocabulary items such as using pictures or text to speech and it allows visual scenes to program photos. It definitely gives the consumer a variety of options.

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