By Speak for Yourself LLC
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SFY-Lite was designed to allow speech-language pathologists (SLPs), other professionals, parents, and potential AAC users to evaluate the Speak for Yourself application. SFY-Lite allows individuals access to the full Speak for Yourself app capabilities for five main screen (core) vocabulary buttons and a total of six secondary screen buttons.
SFY-Lite is not intended to be an individual's complete AAC language system. It was designed to determine if an individual is able to access the button size, activate the buttons, and communicate some basic wants and needs using Speak for Yourself.
In addition, SFY-Lite allows full programming capabilities for the five main screen and six secondary screen buttons. By doing this, SLPs and other professionals and family members are able to use the intuitive programming features of Speak for Yourself and access the library of almost 11,000 Smarty Symbols®.
Speak for Yourself was designed by two ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) with an extensive knowledge of AAC devices and implementation. We're very excited to introduce the world to the future of AAC with the release of SFY-Lite and invite you to join us in our mission to change the world...one voice at a time.
Finally, a fluid language system that a child can grow with
My daughter has been using the App "Speak for yourself" for five months. She had a Dynavox for about 10 years…over time, she used that system less and less. Therapists thought it was because she had nothing to say, but the reality was she outgrew the Dynavox. Within a week of using SFY, Jessie was able to find words to ask for what she wanted and put a sentence together, commenting on a movie we were watching. Within six weeks, she said "I love you, Mom". When she came home with an award from work, her father said "is that for doing good work" and her response was "no, exceptional".
She went from an isolated 21 year old, to someone who has a lot to say! This is the most fluid, well thought out system that you can find. It was developed by speech therapists who did their homework, (and I believe it was clinically tested as well) to create something that is out of the box awesome! Specifically what I like is the fact that as the child learns language, you add more. It really does grow with them. We could pre-program sentences, but then Jess would be saying what we think she wants to say. It's so much more interesting for her and for us to see what SHE wants to say.
Finally, no one believed that she would be able to use this because her fine motor skills are poor, however, no one can evaluate what someone's desire to communicate is. Speak for Yourself has changed the our world. Awesome!
Great AAC app using the philosophy of language acquisition through motor planning
I am a SLP who has a student who was recommended this app for communication. He quickly adapted to its layout and structure. The babble feature allowed for language expansion opportunities as he was ready for them. It's ease of use was conducive to this therapist, his family and the student. The newer updates include a useful word finder. I would highly recommend for both pediatric and adult populations.
Do not misunderstand the title of this post. The potential that is eluded to is the potential my daughter has to speak through this app. The layout of the screen is easy to understand for my 3 year old. She is enjoying the lite version immensely. More importantly, she seems to understand that this "game" on her iPad will talk when she herself is verbally unable.