A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
What's it about?
Kids tap on the album with the relevant topic and navigate through more specific options until they can express exactly what they want to say. Every item has an image and text and is accompanied by voice narration in complete sentences. For example, the icon for "hungry" shows a smiley face with a fork and knife in hand. After tapping on it, the narrator says "I'm hungry," and then the screen changes to show sub-topics like "fruit," "snacks," "meal," "vegetable," or "bowl." Kids can continue tapping to communicate more specific needs.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, speaking, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: personal growth
Emotional Development: handling stress, labeling feelings
Communication: conveying messages effectively, speaking
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 16, 2012
- Category: Education
- Size: 9.40 MB
- Publisher: Assistyx LLC
- Version: 2.4.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up
For kids who love expressing emotions and feeling good
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