TouchChat HD is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech.
TouchChat provides both English and Spanish options in one universal app supporting iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.
TouchChat fits into the category of assistive technology known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and includes features that were previously only available in much more expensive dedicated devices. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing a recorded message. Various English and Spanish synthesized voices are available, allowing the user to choose a voice that fits their own personality.
TouchChat also has a unique feature whereby one can simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or in a noisy environment.
TouchChat gives an individual the ability to navigate through page sets and speak messages. Page sets are linked pages, each of which is divided into a number of buttons. The buttons are programmed to have specific actions, such as speaking a message, navigating to a different page, changing the volume or clearing the display.
Various page sets are included with TouchChat: VocabPC™, MultiChat15, and Spelling are available in both English and Spanish options, myQuickChat©, MyCore, and Communication Journey: Aphasia are available in English while Sintaxis and Sin Sintaxis files are available in Spanish. Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs. Additional page sets, including WordPower™, Gateway© and Pixon™60 are available as in-app purchases.
Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on social media or via iMessage® and email using a wireless connection. Generate a message, push on the text window and choose a service. Additionally, text can be copied to/from TouchChat and other applications so it can be spoken out loud.
The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable. Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location or rearranged by simply dragging them to the desired new location. The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can also be copied and pasted into another button.
Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 45 button actions and nearly 40,000 Symbolstix® symbols* when creating new buttons. You can also choose to use an existing image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Additionally, gestures can be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc.
*Please note: PCS© symbols are not compatible with the TouchChat app.
Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user. Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time. Buttons can also be configured to activate on release.
Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or videos from the camera roll or a YouTube™ link.
Once programming is complete, be sure to protect custom files. Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer through iTunes® file sharing, DropBox™ or Google Drive™. TouchChat also enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safe keeping.
For our Hebrew speaking customers:
אפליקציה ליצירת לוחות תקשורת שתורגמה לעברית ע"י מטח
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• Introducing TouchChat with Head Pointing, now available on compatible devices
• Improved Spell Checker for correcting Grammar Action mistakes
• Find the right Vocabulary quicker with new Search functionality
• New Button Action to select or change Profiles
• Speech Display Bar now supports up to 10 lines of text
• Improved support for Webhooks
• Miscellaneous improvements and minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Great until you edit
I really touted this as a great thing on my web site based on demos I had seen. However, once I got it into my hands, i got very frustrated.
Very poor voices. "Nelly" is not a good child's voice. Buttons can't be moved, copied or pasted. When you are in the 16-button page (as an example), some of the buttons that should show are hidden. You hit "edit page" and you see all the buttons and they rearrange themselves so you can't really tell where things will go (and what buttons will disappear) when you back out of edit view. The "scene based" does not work like a traditional scene base where you can put a button anywhere and move it around as needed. You can only use a grid. Very disappointed. I bought Proloquo2Go and thought this would be better. Paid for this one and now it is wasted. Going back to Proloquo2Go.
Great Program for Customizing
This program is so easy and flexible to fully customize. It is an awesome program to develop a new vocab. The word organizations on the market are not good and I am really greatful for a program where I can build and customize my own so well. Developing new customizable vocabs would be a real boon to the AAC market--especially for those who have outgrown devices that are really just a series of choice boards but who don't have full literacy or grammar yet. The upgrades have improved the program, but it still crashes unexpectedly while in use on occasion.
Good app / terrible policy
We use this app on our daughters iPad, it works pretty well. I wanted to add the app to my phone for a more mobile option and the company wants another $300 for the iPhone app... What a joke! I can't recommend this app - use ProLo, at least their app works on both iPad and iPhone and they don't try to charge you twice.
I gave the company the opportunity to make it right and their support and answers were a joke, they tried to blame Apple. In the very least, if you purchased the $300 iPad app, they should offer a credit for the same iPhone app.
- Prentke Romich Company
- 1.3 GB
Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 PRC-Saltillo
- In-App Purchases
- WordPower Vocabulary $149.99
- US Child Voice - Josh $11.99
- Gateway© Vocabulary $149.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.