In August, I compared 5 options for text-to-speech AAC
for literate users without speech. One of the readers of this blog commented with the name of a similar app, so I checked it out. Within days, I was recommending this new app to many of my clients, so now I want to share it with you too.
ClaroCom USA is a free universal iOS app, making it accessible to anyone with an Apple mobile device. The app features hundreds of pre-stored messages, organized by topic. This makes it ideal for users with aphasia who have strong reading skills (and fairly good dexterity) but need help with expressing a message. Consider this app for clients who have difficulty typing or spelling as well as those with repetitive routines and requests.
Messages can be added, deleted, or rearranged. To use the app more efficiently, remove unnecessary items and move common phrases to the top of the lists.
Several of the phrases are stored with blanks, prompting the user to enter the specific item, title, or name when the phrase is selected.
The app also has word and phrase prediction for typing in a custom message.
Categories are listed alphabetically with symbol support to assist users to find the topic faster.
Go into the Settings to switch the voice from male to female, reduce the speaking rate, change the font size and style, and adjust display and prediction options.
Wifi is not required to use this app, but if connected, messages can easily be exported to the Mail or Messages apps or simply copied to the clipboard.
Upgrade to ClaroCom Pro USA ($13.99) for a larger dictionary, exporting to Facebook and Twitter, adding phrases through iTunes, adding custom categories, and display options for zooming and showing only the message when the device is flipped.
I hope you and your clients enjoy using this app. Please continue to share your feedback and suggestions in the comments so we can all learn from each other in this rapidly changing world of apps.