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Kids can learn to convey simple messages effectively -- what they want to eat or drink, how they're feeling, what they would like to play, and much more. Kids tap on related images and the app speaks, providing kids with a sentence that conveys their feelings or needs. In using this verbal-assist tool, kids can practice handling stress as they ask for what they need or want and label their feelings. TapToTalk is a unique way for kids with limited verbal skills to learn to express themselves appropriately and effectively.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use. Kids tap on the album with the relevant topic for what they want to say and a voice prompt says the topic. Then the screen changes to include more sub-topics within the larger topic. Kids tap within those subtopics for individual choices that are spoken. There are many customization options available with purchase of the entire program.
Products & Purchases
The app is free, but only loaded with very basic albums for sample content. Users have to pay $99.95 a year or $179.95 for a "forever" pass with more word/image albums and to be able to customize TapToTalk by designing your own albums. The free app does contain some free albums and users can visit the app's website to get more. Once purchased, it can be used on any device you own that supports TapToTalk.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TapToTalk helps kids who aren't able to speak (or who have limited speech) to communicate. It may be used with very young kids, but it will likely be more effective for older kids and adults who want to communicate about a range of objects, places, and activities. The free app provides only sample content and doesn't allow for customized albums. Users can access the entire program along with customization options for $99.95 per year or lifetime access for $179.95.
Is It Any Good?
For users who pay for full access and customization options, TAPTOTALK is an incredibly powerful tool to help kids with limited verbal skills. Users have access to 2,600 images and 12,000 symbols and can add their own pictures and voice recordings. Each page in an album category can have up to 12 pictures, and each album can have hundreds of pictures. Kids can express an almost endless selection of customizable phrases on a lightweight, mobile device. TapToTalk can help increase communication and decrease frustration for special needs kids and their families, friends, and teachers.
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