Smartphones have endless opportunities to make things easier, and this is definitely true for those with autism. Assistive technology has come a long way in recent years, meaning that there are a plethora of apps available to those with autism and/or are nonverbal.
Which ones should you consider?
Best Options for Assistive Technology Apps for Autism
Here are our top 5 choices for assistive technology apps to help those with autism. In addition to explaining what the app does, we will list the price of each app as well as whether it’s available for iOS and/or Android.
The first assistive technology app we recommend is Otsimo. The app is available for both Android and iOS, and it is free to use.
Otsimo is a special education app that is filled with a variety of assistive games for autistic children as well as tools for adults.
The communication function, Otsimo AAC, offers a simple interface with image-word buttons as well as an accompanying voice pronunciation. You can use this app to combine and/or order images to create questions, phrases, and sentences, and they will appear at the top of the screen.
Otsimo also offers a text-to-speech tool that allows the user to type words that the app will then voice.
There is a multitude of games for children to learn and reinforce new vocabulary words, and parents can easily monitor the app and ensure it is safe. It is 100% ad-free, and usage is tracked and analyzed daily for parents to check their child’s progress regularly.
- MyTalkTools Mobile
The next app on the list is MyTalkTools Mobile. It is also available for both iOS in Android, however, it will cost you $99.99 to purchase.
MyTalkTools Mobile incorporates AAC intervention that is image-based. It offers over twenty thousand different images from Symbolstix, and will also allow you to both download and include your own photos for custom words and/or phrases.
One great aspect of this app is that it will seamlessly integrate with Apple’s iMessage app so you can easily text with it. You also do not have to worry about losing any of your information if you lose or break your phone because it can all be backed up into the MyTalkTools Workspace (a web application for personalizing your mobile app). It is important to note, however, that the web application is only free with the app for the first 30 days, and then you will need to bu a subscription from their website.
LetMeTalk is another excellent option for those with autism, especially those who are completely nonverbal. It is available for both Android and iOS and is completely free to use.
The app utilizes augmentative and alternative communication by allowing its users to select images to create their sentences. There are over nine thousand different images on the app and you can create your own profile that saves your personal vocabulary.
One fantastic aspect of this app is that it allows bilingual families to switch between languages easily.
Next up we have Proloquo2Go. By far it is the most expensive app on the list, and will cost you $249.99. It is also vitally important to note that it is only available for iOS.
The app offers an incredible and highly-customizable interface that works to accommodate a wide range of users. They do this by allowing you to easily change your displays and settings to match your individual motor and visual needs. Words on the app can also be sounded out in a few different English-language accents as well, including Australian, US, UK, etc. and there are a few additional bilingual options too.
They have a built-in core word vocabulary called Cresendo with three vocabulary levels and a massive selection of fringe words.
Their VocaPriority tool divides every page of words into three separate priority groups. These include words that are frequently used, words only used sometimes, and rarely used words. You can change the words between the different groups to meet your vocabulary needs.
Proloquo2Go also offers an in-app purchase for Gateway to Language and Learning vocabulary for an additional $149.99.
It is important to note that Proloquo2Go does not have games, exercises, or interactive materials to teach new words in different ways, which may not be for some users depending on how they learn.
- TouchChat HD
Last but certainly not least, we have TouchChat HD. It is available for iOS and costs $9.99.
The TouchChat HD app is another excellent communication tool for those with autism who are also completely nonverbal. It allows you to use a voice synthesizer in either English or Spanish or even recorded messages to communicate with others.
You also have the option to choose different voice personalities with this app, so you can go with the one that works well for you. You can customize almost everything in the app, including adding your own images with your phone’s camera.
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