Avaz Pro

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Empowers nonverbal kids to customize and communicate.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to communicate their needs and wants with more than 5,000 built-in pictures. There's an option to add your own photos to personalize boards. Avaz Pro is color-coded, and the vocabulary is grouped linguistically, helping to reduce a child's frustration when trying to communicate. There's also an option to use the keyboard mode so kids can type their words. Within the settings, you can add word prediction and word prediction with pictures for kids who are starting to learn how to type. Kids can adjust the keyboard settings to QWERTY or ABC depending on how well they know the keyboard. If kids use the picture option, as they tap a picture it zooms in to reinforce the word. Avaz Pro empowers kids by offering multiple ways to communicate.

Ease of Play

Avaz Pro has five built-in folders: Quick, Core Words, Getting Started, Basic, and Advanced. Within each folder are boards and other folders to help you begin. The Settings icon is self-explanatory. There's an option to use the settings wizard to help you customize the app for your kid. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avaz Pro is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that can be used with kids who are nonverbal or have other speech issues. Designed so parents can customize it, Avaz Pro has thousands of images already available and allows parents to upload their own. Sessions can be tracked to show growth, and extensive help features are available. You can share boards through Facebook or Twitter. A free version is available to try before buying, which is a great place to start considering the paid version is pricey.

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What's it about?

AVAZ PRO is an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) device for kids who are nonverbal or have speech-production issues. The app comes preloaded with five generic folders of words kids use in everyday life, such as stop, yes, no, and sorry. Using both these in-app images and ones you upload yourself, you can create boards to help your child navigate his or her wants and needs independently at home, in the community, and at school. As your kid grows, you can continue making boards or switch to the keyboard option, which allows kids to type and offers word and picture prediction.

Is it any good?

Avaz Pro has been perfecting this app since 2011 as it's received user feedback. While other AAC apps may appear overwhelming to new users, this one is beautifully and simply designed. Having the option to use pictures or the keyboard allows this app to grow with kids as they learn to type. Avaz Pro also can track therapy sessions, and parents can customize boards and words, empowering kids to express themselves. Folders such as Core Words and Quick Words make it easy to use.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they'd customize Avaz Pro to make it inviting and personal. Which pictures do your kids want to use? Which voice do they like the best?

  • Take photos of weekend activities and add them to a customized board, or take photos of your child showing what he or she likes and dislikes.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, speaking, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
    Emotional Development: labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: $149.00
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: September 29, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 1.01 MB
  • Publisher: Invention Labs
  • Version: 3.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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