Scene Speak is versatile customizable app that provides a framework on the iPad to create interactive visual scene displays and social stories. Scene Speak allows an image to be edited with active “hotspots”. A hotspot is an area of the screen that can “sound areas” that can be selected and used as a means of communication. An image can have multiple “hotspots” that can be edited to add sound, text labels or link to another visual scene. In addition, Images with text can be then can be added into “books” by theme or area of interest.
Scene Speak is a wonderful communication tool for those with Autism, Aphasia, Apraxia, developmental disabilities or anyone wanting to enhance receptive language or visual memory.
* ADD CUSTOM IMAGES from your home computer, the iPad camera or from the built in Internet search feature to create contextually relevant scenes.
* RECORD YOUR OWN VOICE to the “sound areas” or use one of the five preloaded voices in the TTS feature.
* MULTIPLE HOTSPOTS can be added to a scene. Hotspots can include: sound, text labels or can link to another scene.
* CREATE SOCIAL STORIES by grouping scenes into books.
* TEXT CAN BE ANIMATED by recording voice in-sync to the color change of text (text changes from black to red and back to black).
* PAGES CAN BE LOCKED /unlocked as needed to prevent user from going to another page.
* FILE SHARING: you can backup your saved "Books" and "VSD's" on your home computer or you can share them with a person with the same application.
* BACKUP AND RESTORE VIA iCLOUD to prevent loss of created scenes or share saved information to devices on the same iTunes account.
* PASSWORD PROTECTED SETTINGS MENU to prevent access to editing features and settings.
How does it work?
Personalized mages can be uploaded to the app. from your home computer or through an online image search. The images can then be resized and active “sound areas” can be added. The application allows both the number and size of the “sound areas” to be customized. Spoken messages can be added to the “sound areas” by using the Text-To-Speech feature, with one of five preloaded voices, or you can record your own voice to the “sound areas”. User can also add text to the sound area as a way of reinforcing receptive language acquisition. A scene can also be linked to another scene via the hotspot. This creates a unique opportunity to create a scene based communication system for those with communication delays. In addition, a scene can have text added directly to the bottom of a page.
Once a visual scene is created with active “hotspots” or text, scenes can be added into “Books”. Books can be created and images grouped into the book by a specific theme or area of interest. Multiple books can be created within the book library and as many visual scenes as needed added into the “book”. For example: you may want to create a “Book” titled “My Home”. Within that book may want to include images of different rooms in the home. Within those images you can add “sound areas” to label different objects or people that are represented in those images. A bedroom scene may say, “go to bed” when the bed is touched or “read a book” when a bookcase is touched.
* The app. comes preloaded with eleven generic scenes that can be edited and sound areas added.
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Ratings and Reviews
One of the Best Comprehensive Apps for Special Needs
I'm the parent of two children with special needs, and originally, I purchased this app for my 5 year old, who is diagnosed with Autism and Apraxia, to help him learn to use assistive technology to navigate in everyday settings. However, I've found that it's not only great for functional usage (at a fraction of the cost of apps out there that have far fewer features) but I can make detailed and personalized interactive storybooks within this app that can include my child in his favorite stories (or make up my own using personal photos). We absolutely love this app, and would recommend it to ANY parent of a small child who wishes to make creative and interactive books, as well as any individual who might have limited verbal skills. GREAT app...thank you again, Good Karma!
Great app for Visual Scene Display
Having recently heard a presentation on research showing the benefits of Visual Scene Display AAC with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and for older kids who are functioning at that level), I was happy to find this reasonably priced app. I have found it easy to use. There are options to use your own photos or use an Internet search to find images. Images can be arranged into books. I took photos from a book and made interactive scenes for my non verbal students-- much more engaging than a traditional gridded AAC display! I am an SLP but I think this app would also be useful for special Ed teachers and parents of non-verbal and low verbal children and for professionals working in early intervention.
Scene Speak is great!
As other reviewers have mentioned, this app is great and serves a variety of functions. It can be used to learn vocabulary, but also to communicate. Children can use the pictures to express ideas and make choices! The best part? It's customizable and users can upload real pictures and not be stuck with only cartoon images! Like other users mention, the developer is responsive to questions and also really works to improve the app based on user suggestions! When I suggested that the picture hot spots would work better if they could grow by either height or width and not always both, I was happy to find that they are already working on it! I love the app and I can't wait for the fine tuning!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.