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Free APPS for AAC!

Published February 19, 2014 10:18 AM by Alexandra Streeter

It's been fun this year to experiment with some free AAC IPad apps for a couple of non/low verbal students.

Here are some of my finds!

Sounding Board was recommended by an SLP at a local Children's Hospital. It's free, easy to use, and you can import pictures from your photo gallery, or take your own.  When I needed pictures for "more" and "all done" I took a screen shot of pictured signs from Google Images, and saved them into the program. I struggle sometimes to change pictures on boards, but for the most part it is simple, easy to use and adequate for the little guy I'm using it with.

Another app I downloaded to check out was Pogo Boards! WOW! This app has tons of free boards including some assessment/training type activities. If you are a member (and it's not too expensive at $69 per user per year) you have access to thousands of boards, the ability to create your own and print/share with other users. I couldn't find how to upload your own photos, so I'm not sure if that is a feature or not. This app would have been amazing to use with a child I worked with years ago who ended up with a Dynovox.

Finally, I checked out Niki Boards. There is a free version and the ability to purchase more. I really liked that this app helped children create sentences (for those who are more advanced and ready for that.) Again, I struggled to figure out how to import pictures and create a variety of custom boards, however perhaps that becomes apparent in the paid version!

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I introduced one of our Life SKills teachers to Sounding Board. I'm not sure she can live without it now! She has boards for students who need them - including "story time" (with question answers, comments etc.), snack, and lunch choices.  It's great for free! I remember when it wasn't! I'll def check out those other two. You have to be careful - a lot of the free AAC apps aren't so good.

Valerie Lill February 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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