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Able AAC, by Ablevox is an easy to use and customize Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app that has additional helpful features built-in that can make it stand out in a crowded app store. The app comes preloaded with 3 voice engines and the option to purchase 79 others in 20 languages, as well as the ability to record your own. The AAC is split into sections depending on user preference; Simple Interface, which contains over 30 preformed sentences, Advanced Interface for creating more intricate sentences (150 core words and 620 fringe words) and it also contains a Type and Speak keyboard section that is fully functional after a voice engine purchase. In addition to the AAC, it has the unique features of My Tasks (with subcategories of School, Home, Notes, My Points, Reward Center), My Video and My Audio.

 

The AAC is attractive and easy to get started as well as navigate. As far as this section is concerned, it is very well-made and perfectly able to stand-alone as a good find. The My Tasks section is a very nice addition that can remove the need to place schedules and goals in separate apps, which can become tedious for parents and educators. Each subcategory can be further reduced by day and checked off as accomplished. I also appreciate that this section has an option to generate and email reports. The app also has a nice feature where the users information can be readily accessed including name, address, phone and medical information.

There is a passcode section, but I was disappointed that I was unable to make it work until getting a handhold from the developer. It was very simple once it was shown to me and involved drawing a line – you can see more details about how to do this in the instructions on their website.  In addition, I also had problems with the My Video Section, but I also needed to be shown how to work this section correctly. Again, in hindsight, it’s very simple but not as intuitive as the developer might assume. I was excited to see this feature as it could be highly useful as a video-modeling area or even as a demonstration section for speech therapy. The Ablevox website is very helpful and contains video demonstrations as well as samples of the Acapela Voice engines that are available for purchase. The voice demos are flash-based, so visiting on a pc or within a flash-enabled app are necessary. I would like to have easier access to user manuals and voices from within the app without having to contact the developer. Perhaps a help section or link to the Ablevox web page could be added.

I find the AAC and Tasks sections of Able AAC to be solid, useful and easy to navigate. I would suggest in-app help or links to help on the Ablevox website.

 

What we love…

I love the ease of getting started and clean lay-out of the AAC and Tasks section.

 

What we’d love to see…

I would like to see easier access to self-help and voice samples within the app.

 

Summary

I find the AAC and Tasks sections of Able AAC to be solid, useful and easy to navigate. I would suggest in-app help or links to help on the Ablevox website.

 

 

App: Able AAC

Developer: Ablevox

Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Price: $99.99 Able AAC - Ablevox

Category: AAC Apps

I want to preface my review of Able AAC with this: one of the reasons that this app is great is that in a few weeks (check the publish date on this post) Able AAC will offer 79 new (natural-sounding) Acapela voice engines and 20 language packs as in-app purchases.

The language packs will translate the entire AAC app into the language of your choice (text and audio).  This is one of the only programs that has this option, so it’s a must-have for anyone who does not speak English in the home.  (Note that you will be able to alternate between languages.)

These Acapela voice engines will also allow individuals to listen to internet content, stories, and emails!

Since I started out talking about voice engines, I should probably talk about the ones that are currently available!  They are available as in-app purchases for $39.99, and are all English, but have different inflections.  For example, Deepa is an Indian American, and Little Will has a creature version of his voice that closely resembles that of Yoda.  (Star Wars fans out there?)

Simple and Advanced Interfaces

When you first open the app, give it a minute or two to initialize.  (This only happens the very first time you use the application.)

Unlike many AAC programs, you do not have to go through the trouble of creating a user, rather all of your options are stored in the framework and you can alternate between sets of options that you have created.  The main AAC portion of the application includes the Simple and Advanced interfaces, which I’ll talk a little bit about right now.

The simple interface is for children who do not have a solid understanding of how communication and the iPad function in the real world.  This interface, which appears as an option on the left side of the screen, has buttons that don’t “sequence together.”  By this, I mean that if you tap one button and then tap another, both will not show up in the sequencer … only the last button you tapped will show up.

More advanced users will want to use the advanced interface, which will allow them to string words together to create their own sentences as opposed to using pre-loaded ones.

Personalization With My Info Button

Able AAC allows the user to personalize their experience by using the My Info button.  Contact, medical, and allergy information can be stored for your child with ease.

The user can also personalize the app by changing the word “My” to the first or last name of their child.

For example, “My Tasks” becomes “John’s Tasks” or “My Info” becomes “John’s Info,” etc.  To make these personalization changes, just go to the Settings area and look for “My Name.”  Easy!

Type And Speak

There are a couple of ways to utilize Able AAC in terms of a text-to-speech device.

There is a dedicated section for this function, also located on the left side of the app page.

In addition, you can also type directly into the speech sequencer where the buttons show up after they are pressed.  This is great for kids who have a hard time finding things and would rather just type out small words than scroll and tap them.

 

Some examples of pages that come up under the Simple interface are Critical, I Feel, and I Want.

 

Some examples of pages that show up under the Advanced interface are Action, Emotions, Family, Food, and many more.

 

Lite Version Available

Note that you can purchase the FREE version of the app in order to see what the app has to offer!  All of the AAC buttons are visible, and the recorded voices are activated in the Simple interface.  The user can alternate between Ryan, Heather, and Kenny voices.  It’s a great way to gauge of whether or not the $99.99 purchase is worth it for your child!

 

My Tasks and Storing Sentences

Another cool feature of Able AAC is the ability that you have to store sentences straight from the sequencer.  If your child uses a certain phrase frequently, and it does not appear in one of the pages listed in the app, then they can just hit the “Store Sentence” button to create a new module with that sentence in it!

 

My Tasks is an awesome part of this program, which basically tracks your child’s progress in a range of areas.  Completing specific goals in My Tasks can reward the child points in the My Points section, which are then translated into physical rewards via the Reward Center.

My Tasks is an awesome part of this program, which basically tracks your child’s progress in a range of areas.  Completing specific goals in My Tasks can reward the child points in the My Points section, which are then translated into physical rewards via the Reward Center.

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Otizmli, hiç konuşamayan veya konuşma zorluğu çekenler için hazırlanmış profesyonel bir TÜRKÇE AAC (Artırılmış Alternatif İletişim) uygulaması. 20 dili destekliyor, ayrıca 79 ek sesi uygulama içi satın alımla alabiliyorsunuz. 800 ün üzerinde resim bulunduruyor, sadece kelimeler değil, cümlelerin kurulmasına yönelik kullanılabiliyor. 26 farklı kategoride bu resimler organize edilmiş durumda. Yazıları ve sesleri tamamen türkçeleştirebiliyorsunuz. My Tasks (Görevlerim) bölümünde, Okul, Ev, Notlar, Puanlarım ve Ödül Merkezi olmak üzere 5 farklı kategoride, hem günlük programı uygulama ve takip etme imkanı sunuyor hem de ödül mekanizmasını çalıştırabiliyorsunuz. Ayrıca uygulamadan gelişmelere yönelik haftalık 2 adet rapor alabiliyorsunuz. Cihazınızın iOS 6 işletim sistemini desteklemesi gerekiyor.

 

Uygun yaş aralığı: 3+ yaş

Platform: iPhone, iPodTouch, iPad (iOS 6 yüklenebilmesi gerekmektedir)

Fiyat: 179,99 TL

Konu: Otizm, Konuşma Zorluğu

Versiyon: 2.0

 

Bu uygulamanın incelemesi özel bir eğitim uygulama okulunda görev yapmakta olan, orta ve ağır düzey zihinsel engellilerle çalışan özel eğitim öğretmeni Şeyda Özsoy Başol tarafından yapılmıştır. Kendisinin 7 öğrencisinin 4′ünde bariz konuşma zorluğu bulunmakta ve 1′i anlaşılır hiçbir şey konuşamamaktadır. Şeyda hanım kendisine hediye ettiğimiz bu uygulamayı kullanarak öğrencilerinin tecrübelerini de ilerde bizimle paylaşacaktır. Kendisine çok teşekkür ediyoruz.

 

Özel Eğitim Öğretmeni Şeyda Başol’un görüşleri

 

Programın birçok değişikliğe elverişli olması en güzel yanı. Resim, kelime ve ses kaydı eklenebiliyor.Yalnız daha çok bireysel kullanıma uygun bir program. Şöyle ki; konuşma becerileri sıkıntılı, kısıtlı olan bireyin kendine ait bir iPad cihazı olması ve bu programı kullanıyor olması gerekiyor. Bu programla elinde tabletle günlük hayatta,restoranlarda vb. derdini ve isteğini belirtebilir.Eğer okuması yazması varsa ilgili yere istediği cümleyi yazıp seslendirilmesini sağlayabilir (Uygulamada yazdığınız bir şeyi seslendirme özelliği var)

 

Özel eğitimde grup çalışmasına pek elverişli değil. Ancak programda duygular ve bu duygulara karşılık gelen bir takım yüz ifadeleri var. Yüz ifadeleri,jest ve mimikleri  hissettiği duyguyu yansıtamayan çocuklarla (örneğin hayır diyor ama yüz ifadesinden anlaşılmıyor gibi) tepkisine uygun jest ve mimik oluşturmak adına çalışılabilir, kelime dağarcığı arttırma konusunda yardımcı olabilir. Hatta uygun ses kayıtları, kelime ve heceler eklenerek okuma yazma öğretiminde bile kullanılabilir.

 

Bu programı indikten sonra Ayarlar kısmından Türkçe versiyonu ayrıca satın almak gerekiyor. İlk bakışta İngilizceden Türkçeye çeviriler oldukça kötüydü; cümleler devrik, bazı kelimeler hatalı çevrilmiş şekildeydi ama programda düzeltme seçeneği mevcut. Dolayısıyla birçoğu yeniden yazılmak suretiyle düzeltilebiliyor. Türkçe versiyonunda seslendirmede vurgu hatalarından dolayı bazı kelimeler zor anlaşılıyor. Fakat düzeltme seçeneğinde yeniden ses kaydı yapmak da mümkün. Bu uygulamanın İngilizce versiyonu 5 üzerinden 4, ancak Türkçe versiyonu 5 üzerinden 3 alır.

 

 

 

Able AAC by Ablevox – Review by iMums

Upcoming: 79 Acapela Voice Engines and 20 Language Packs

http://www.theimum.com/2013/01/able-aac-by-ablevox-review/