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 http://www.graceapp.com.
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 http://www.graceapp.com.
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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• 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
Good methodology but needs refinement
I am a special education teacher with the Montgomery County Public Schools' Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am actually on the verge of launching a 1:1 iPod Touch project in my classroom! The idea of migrating PECS methodology to the iPod Touch/iPhone is great. This is a MUST have app for any professional or parent in the autism community. I was very excited about the relase of GRACE and downloaded it immediately for use with students. There are serveral minor changes I would suggest. First, the ability to hide/show & rearrange categories. Second, adding custom PECS under the pre-made categories. Third, support multiple users/students on one device. In other words, multiple PECS books on a single iPod Touch/iPhone. Perhaps menu on launch where users select client/student working with. Once such changes are made, GRACE will be able to be individualized for each child.
Please try the free app before you buy. If you can
I agree with Horribly_Disapponted. I have seen reviews on some positive reviews on some Autsim app review sites. when it was announced this is free for the autism awareness day, I jumped on board and downloaded the app. I am glad I got this when it is free. Here are some of the several issues with this app.
1. Very basic skeliton app. icons are not clear. It may have worked for the kid it is designed for but not for others.
2. No way to change these icons if you don't like them
3. The labels are embedded in to the picture so you have to make them with label
4. All your imported pics go in to one folder make it is difficult to view if you have more than one page of pics.
5. The icon for the custom folder is stack of pics.
6. Operationally, when once I add an icon to the 'velcro' at the bottom it is not easy to move.
7. Doesn't use any features available in iPad/phone such as slide to go back to the categories. You have to click on categories every time to go back.
8. No voice output which is not advertised but is essential for this type of app. The user (kid) is going to say what they want and it is easier for the adult helping the kid to hear it rather than looking at this one.
I wish I can write several suggestions but they are so many, I gave up. I think the developer needs to go back to drawing board before putting this online again.
Very disappointing, and price/value is far too high
Since it is hard for many app developers to make money, given the limited size of the audience for autism affected families with iPhones, I would support the ability to charge $40 for a useful app which enables a PECS like system in the iOS environment (ie iPad, iPhones, etc).
Yet this is not that app. It is far too limited for real-life use, it shows promise but after several months of waiting for new releases with useful features I am afraid this is simply a dead end product with no merit to it.
Do not buy this for your autistic child. Unfortunately I cannot recommend any other tool either, but this tool is (apologies to the developer/promoter for being harsh) ridiculously limited. The paper system is far far far better, as difficult as that is. A real replacement for the paper system would be a truly useful system for parents like myself with an autistic child.
- 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+
- © 2010-2018 High Caffeine Content
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.