By Ted Conley
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TapSpeak Choice is the most accessible and flexible AAC app available. Choice fills needs from simple two-button communication boards to complete speech generation page sets. Pages are quick and easy to set up - made even easier with our 4.0 update that make libraries optional!
The Choice AAC Page Set enables users to communicate with a solid core vocabulary base. Pixon® symbols have one and only one meaning yet reach a broad core vocabulary with only a few button taps. Word endings provide users with the ability to produce grammatically correct sentences. Because of consistent icon placement, users develop a deep familiarity for the button taps for each word. Designed for us by the experts at Semantic Compaction Systems, the inventors of MinSpeak, it uses a 5x7 grid and includes 101 pages with over 1700 buttons. Available as an In-App Purchase or included in the Plus version.
TapSpeak is unparalled in its accessibility options. With our range of options any range of motor and vision abilities can communicate. Swipes, pinches, weak motions, even palm resting, can access the app. Scanning support is without peer. Choice offers:
• Anti-Stimming mode
• Button preview modes
• Touch mode
• Tap mode
• Detect touch on release
• Touch averaging
• Unparalleled scanning support
• iPad and external switch support
For those whose motor skill abilities make it necessary to use a switch, TapSpeak Choice support using the iPad screen as a switch for scanning and supports all Bluetooth switch interfaces for external switches. You can use one or two switches for auto scanning and step scan and choose among a complete array of scanning options (sequential, row/column, step scan and more). You can even set up separate auditory prompts with a separate message, voice, speaking rate and volume. Private preview, configurable scan cycles, and restart scan at last position are also supported.
Pages can have one to 56 buttons, and can be linked for navigation purposes. You can set up a home page and easily set up links to other pages. Buttons can have symbols, images from your photo library, and text as the button image. You can set the button’s background and/or border color by part of speech using ours or your own coloring system. You can also configure buttons to navigate to any page in the system after the button is tapped.
Message window use is optional. You can create and speak complete phrases and sentences as with Choice AAC, or turn off the message window to use it as a communication board. You can vary the message window size and show text-only or text and button images.
We now offer the Pixon™ symbol set, designed by Gail Van Tatenhove and licensed from Semantic Compaction Systems. It’s the premier symbol set for core vocabulary usage and we’re proud to offer them to you! Our upcoming Choice AAC language system/page set will make use of Pixons and great motor planning to make Choice, even more, the right choice for your child or student! As before, you can use any image in your photo library for a button and create buttons with text for the button image.
Full scannable and configurable keyboard support is included! Only TapSpeak Choice has scannable and configurable keyboards. We offer as standard keyboards an iPad-like keyboard, alphabetic keyboard, and a scan-friendly keyboard.
Our voice support includes 40 languages and 88 voices. English voices now include regional and emotive voices to lend a real personality and individuality to a voice. As always you can use your own voice for recording a button’s message and you can set a text-to-speech message for a button separate from the button’s title. Vary voice speed, volume, and pitch as needed.
Children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, cortical vision impairment (CVI), stroke, or any disability that impairs their ability to communicate can make use of TapSpeak Choice.
Please see our website, TapSpeak.com, for more information.
What's New in Version 5.1.1
• Fix for iOS 6 screen display
• iOS 7 compatibility
• Bug fixes
• You can set the maximum button pop amount from 25% to 500%. Set the value in the iPad Settings app under TS Choice
• Prevent a button from speaking its message when
I would give zero star if possible. No response from support for an app that cost this much.
Worst AAC app out there.
You have to do all the programming yourself, this app does not come with any pre-loaded language. Most other AAC apps come with a core-vocabulary setup already ready to go.
I ran into a problem programming it and even though I was following the user manual instructions exactly, it still would not work. I put in a help ticket through the app itself and got no response. Put in another help ticket through the website and still no response. Finally emailed the founder directly and his wife responded telling me that they couldn't help me as they have a special-needs child also so their time is too valuable to waste on me, a customer who spent hundreds of dollars on this crappy app. She then told me to just "YouTube how to use it".
If you're going to charge what the other AAC apps charge, you should at least make up for it with exceptional customer service. Seriously disappointed and upset about my experience with this one. I would rate it less than 0 if I could.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 25, 2013
- Version: 5.1.1
- Size: 537 MB
- Languages: English, Danish, Italian, Russian
- Seller: Ted Conley
- © 2010-2011 TapSpeak, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Top In-App Purchases
- Choice AAC Page Set$49.99