► Autism Speaks November 2012 App Spotlight
iCommunicate lets you design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines, flash cards, choice boards, speech cards, and more. It is customizable to your needs.
► Record your own audio for pictures and boards
► Share pictures and boards thru email and iTunes File Sharing
► iOS Text to Speech Voices include: Arabic - Saudi Arabia Male, Chinese - China Female, Chinese - Hong Kong Female, Chinese - Taiwan Female, Czech Female, Danish Female, Dutch - Belgium Female, Dutch - The Netherlands Male, English - Australia Female, English - Ireland Female, English - South Africa Female, English - United Kingdom Male, English - United States Female, Finnish Female, French Male, French - Canada Female, German Female, Greek Female, Hindi Female, Hungarian Female, Indonesian Female, Italian Female, Japanese Female, Korean Female, Norwegian Female, Polish Female, Portuguese - Brazil Female, Portuguese - Portugal Female, Romanian Female, Russian Female, Slovak Female, Spanish - Mexico Female, Spanish - Spain Female, Swedish Female, Thai Female, Turkish Female
► Use your own pictures, take pictures on the fly with camera, or quick online image search
► Includes 10,000+ N2Y SymbolStix at no extra charge
Two type of boards possible:
► 4x10 - up to 4 pictures across by 10 down(2x2, 4x4, etc.)
► Task Completion - one picture at a time, swipe to move back and forth, add a checkmark(one finger) or do not symbol(two fingers) with touch. Touch hold time, move to next picture automatically on completion, and audio feedback options available
► Print with AirPrint or email boards
► Lock app from unwanted changes
► Universal app
Note: This app is identical in every way to our other iCommunicate app. We have made both apps Universal to work on all iOS devices, and needed to support our existing users. Anyone who has purchased this app in the past, now can install on any device.
Please visit http://grembe.com for more info and demos, and engage with us
-new Online Image search for Instagram, Google, Bing, and Getty Images
-fix for missing record button
-fix for recorded sound on 4x10 boards not playing initially
-fix for iPad online picture search
Ratings and Reviews
User friendly and easy to navigate
Gone are the days of taking a ton of photos, having them developed, cutting them out, laminating them, putting velcro on the back of them and organizing them in a way that makes sense to the special needs children you are working with. I am an OT and used to make storyboards by hand for children for use in every day life as well as in therapy. With this application you can make your own storyboards in minutes and best of all they are portable. So instead of showing your child at home all about the day and then 3 hours later they are having a meltdown because they don't remember, you can instead have the storyboard with you every minute as a reminder of what is to come. It also helps for making choices and I wish it was around when my daughter was learning to talk. Meal time was always so frustrating when I didn't know what she wanted. With this application I had created an entire menu of breakfast items in less than 2 minutes which could be used for your child to choose their favorites. Perfect for the visual learner who is still developing their language skills.
I bought this app for my almost-four-year-old daughter, and we both love it. I've been drawing schedules and social stories by hand - or creating them and printing them - and this app makes the same process SO much easier. I like being able to add images from google easily, and the audio is very easy to record. Every day, the first thing my daughter asks is to borrow my phone so that she can "see her schedule" for the day. Having this visual aid reduces her anxiety markedly.
The two features that I wish the app had and that are currently under development is the ability to backup storyboards and the ability to move items easily in the task completion list in case something needs to be changed. For now, I just leave a blank line between each task in the task completion list in case I need to add or switch something around on the fly. The spot doesn't show up when my daughter looks at the images, so it's a relatively easy solution.
I use this daily in my practice!
I am a speech pathologist who works with many children on the Autism spectrum or with generalized anxiety. Myself and the other clinicians in our clinic use this application daily and have found it tremendously effective in helping children transition into, through, and out of their session. It is VERY USER FRIENDLY and can be customized to the individual needs of each child. The parents I have recommended it to have given it rave reviews. I would highly recommend it to any parent or special educator who is looking for a tool to help establish a routine or to ease anxiety and confusion in the life of a child who has difficulty moving through their day.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.