Speech Assistant AAC app

An app designed for people who have loss of speech but are able to read. AAC stands for augmentative and alternative communication.

Speech Assistant AAC Basic features Score

Speech assistant AAC logo 

  • Has in-app purchases
  • Supports download of Google text-to-speech to improve language and voice support.
  • App uses WiFi/mobile data to share phrases and for app updates.
  • Offers support to USB/Bluetooth keyboard for typing.  
  • Has social networking options and online support (as nominated by user) 
★★★☆☆  Clinical score

★★★☆☆ Tech score

*This app is awaiting user review. If you are interested in helping with reviews, contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz   

What does the app do?

This app aims to support people who are speech impaired but are able to read, for example, after a stroke, vocal cord problems or autism. The app allows the user to create phrases or categories which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken, using the voice installed on your device. The free version on Google play provides users with 6 categories of words (Phrases, Food/drink, Common, Verbs, Feelings, Body), and has basic features. The user is encouraged to upgrade to the paid version ($7.70) to access additional features.  There is no free version available on iTunes - paid version only ($14.99).

For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android).

Speech Assistant AAC example screenshots

Pros ✔  Cons  ✘
  • Simple, easy-to-use  
  • The app has many features that can be customized to personal needs and preferences such as button size, text size.
  • In addition to the 6 word categories present in the app, users can create up to 8 of their own.
  • In addition to the 20 phrases present in the app, users can create up to 50 phrases.
  • Users can share phrases/messages such as via email.  
  • The free version on Google play has limited customizable features. The user is encouraged to upgrade to the paid version ($7.70) to access additional features.
  • No free version available on iTunes - paid version only ($14.99).
  • The app does not detect duplicates - for example, in the food/drink category, if the user stores the word tea, that is already present, there is no prompt to indicate that this word already exists.     
Date of this review: February 2017

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for speech disorders.

  1. Furlong LM, Morris ME, Erickson S, Serry TA. Quality of Mobile Phone and Tablet Mobile Apps for Speech Sound Disorders: Protocol for an Evidence-Based Appraisal. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Nov 29;5(4).
  2. Brunner TH, Kristyn DiFortuna KD, Michael LeTang ML et al. Using Technology to Give Patients a Voice After Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Oct 1;20(5):474-6.
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 08 Mar 2017