Grace App - winner of the 2010 Irish Web Awards and United Nations World Summit Award Mobile.

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Grace App is an evidence-based picture exchange app designed to encourage and reward independent communication through the use of images. While created with and for people with autism, it can be used by anyone with a speech disability or delay. Grace App is designed to be owned and updated by the user, with minimum support from care-givers.

Grace App works by offering a selection of images in categorized folders where users can select a picture to add to the “sentence strip”. The user then shares the sentence with their communication partner who helps them to point to each card, reading the words aloud.

The default setting is for no sound; however, there is an option in Settings to select “Tap Card to Speak” for users who prefer a vocal output.

On handhelds such as iPod touch or iPhone, the device can be rotated to landscape to show a fullscreen sentence view for sharing and pointing. On iPad, simply tap the arrow to enlarge the sentence to fullscreen. There's also a choice of 3 card sizes for user preference and those with visual/mobility impairment.

Category folders contain a selection of pre-loaded images. Users can add their own images using the camera or access any saved and stored images in their photo library, including images saved from the web.

All images can be labeled with text, deleted, or rearranged to suit the individual user. You can add new Category folders, with a selection of your own photos. All Categories can be rearranged and renamed as required. Detailed instructions are available in the Guide to Grace App at

Users can also learn about therapeutic strategies for developing other communication goals in the Guide. These include accepting and expressing “No, Wait” and “Asking for Help” There is also a section on communicating pain.

Grace App has been reviewed by senior speech and language therapists who say:

“Grace App is easy and quick to use and set up, it's easy to rename photo labels. Grace App is my favourite AAC app". KM - Speech and Language Therapist.

"I use Grace App with some of my clients who have difficulty communicating and need a system to augment their speech. One client, a school-aged child with Down Syndrome who has difficulty expressing himself using speech loves Grace App. Within a matter of minutes he was independently requesting his snack AND saying the word. In his case, the voice output was not activated, as he was more motivated to say the words and my goal is ultimately speech production. However, for some of my clients Vocal Output would be very beneficial. I also love the support you get from the developer – you don’t always get this with communication apps. Grace App is simple to use, easy to edit, and very effective as a communication device. The pictures are very easy to take on the spot, and now also very easy to label (every speech therapist’s dream). I also use it along with sign language – a true total communication approach! Grace App is a simple and genius app.” MM - Speech and Language Pathologist.

Grace App is continually improved with the feedback and help of users world-wide. If you have any suggestions or need support, please contact us at

Please leave a review if you think Grace has been helpful to you or your family!

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Grace App Communication is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.

Recommended Ages: Suitable for all ages, parents and caregivers. Currently available in English, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Portuguese, Arabic and Italian.

Discounts are available through Apple’s educational Volume Purchase Program.

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What's New

Version 4.0.1

• Adds support for Shortcuts
• Adds support for iPhone XS Max & iPhone XR
• Adds support for iPad 11" and iPad 12.9" (third generation)

Ratings and Reviews


Fantastic for my non verbal autistic son

I have a non-verbal severely autistic son. I am also a qualified nurse.
This is just up my son's street. He already uses PECS but this means that we don't have to lug his folder around if we go walking etc - its on my phone and easily accessible. He picked it up very fast (is an IT whizz), and I like the idea that turning the phone brings up the sentence/plan strip in big pics. Also loved that I could easily add his own pictures to the catagories.
However I would like the ability to also add a catagory ie: people I know - for pictures of his varying TA's, respite helpers etc to enable us to build them into the system. Currently they are in places but that isn't that right place for them.
It also seems to have a bit of an issue staying open - keeps flashing on and off when I open it. Sometimes closes all together.
However for anyone with a child like mine who is verbally challenged and who is used to using visual aids it is great. You can't loose the pictures which happens all the time with the PECS folder!
I highly recommend it. Would also be much improved if used on an iPad as pictures would be easier to see, but highly portable and practicle on the iPhone.

Samantha symes


This is a fantastic app just what I was looking for for my non verbal son. Took into his school today for a session with SALT to try out with my son. He picked it up in no time and the therapists were really impressed with the system too. Just one comment when updates being considered is it possible to be able to add own pictures to the system categories rather than the customisable folder?

Oh shut up!!!

Brilliant, but !!

Love this app, brilliant for visual learners and kids who can't follow more than one verbal instruction without getting sidetracked. Would be perfect if, you could add your own cards to existing categories and add our own categories as well. For example, I would preset a school mornings category, so that my child can just open that category and then they know what's expected at certain times and in different situations.

Developer Response

Thanks for the constructive review! We added both these features in 3:1 thanks to helpful feedback from users like you. Go to the App Store to get the free update. For more information about adding your own pictures, adding, deleting and editing text and creating categories see the Grace App Manual on iBooks. Thanks again, L


Steven Troughton-Smith
18.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Danish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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