Speak for Yourself is an application designed by two speech language pathologists specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with an evidence-based foundation. This application is consistent with motor learning principles, uses a word-based vocabulary of the most frequently used words in communication, and contains features important in developing automaticity and language. Individuals learn to use their communication device with the same principles they use to play an instrument or type on a keyboard. Speak for Yourself has the capability to begin with one word, but contains almost 11,000 Smarty Symbols® and allows the user the potential to access almost 14,000 words, with no more than two touches to say a word. Complex page navigation and scanning are eliminated to allow fast, consistent access to language! Powered by CereProc's speech system to give our voices character, emotion, and personality.

With the release of version 2.3, users can choose to include voice options from Acapela Text-To-Speech from Acapela Group through in-app purchasing.

Regardless of their current language level, this application can meet people where they are and provide language for a lifetime, because it’s a basic human right to Speak for Yourself.

What's New

Version 2.9.9

Fixes a bug that affects the ordering of the photo albums in edit.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

speak for yourself


When I read the rationale behind this app, I simply had to buy it-even at its over inflated price. I was soon very disappointed.
The core word buttons are very small, this limits its usefulness for individuals with motor and visual impairments. The core word page is very hard to find specific words- there is no categorization according to word types for example verbs, prepositions etc. There is no colour coding scheme such as Goossens, Crain and Elder to help navigate the core words, and neither are they in any alphabetical order. Automaticity does not mean just presenting core words in any old specific location, you must assist it by incorporation of alphabetising, colour coding etc. Options such as the ability to have word only buttons should be available, as well as the choice of different backgrounds for the buttons and message window. Some form of advanced word prediction should be available at this price, as well as the ability to interact with the app in such a way to allow for a minimum hold duration of the buttons, and a repeat delay. My criticism of the app does not stop there, who says that "a" is always followed by a list of animals and the"but" core word leads to body parts, as this app gives you to believe, what has happened to people , place or things.
I suggest the therapist go back to the drawing board, and give us more bang for the buck.



At last we have a communication app based on motor learning principals that can grow with the user from their first words right through to complex communication.

Best AAC app available


I'm a speech therapist and use this app with several clients. Best AAC app available.


Speak for Yourself LLC
1.2 GB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2018 Speak for Yourself LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Tyler English (Australia) adult voice $38.99
  2. Liam English (Australia) child voice $38.99
  3. Multi-User Slots 3 through 5 $14.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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