What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Language & Reading
- personal growth
- handling stress
- labeling feelings
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
Highly engaging. Kids with limited verbal abilities are empowered to express an almost endless selection of customizable phrases.
Kids can learn to convey simple messages effectively through the experiential use of TapToTalk -- such as what they want to eat or drink, or how they're feeling.
There are many customizing options available with purchase of the entire program. Also, excellent tutorials and printable manuals can be found on the developer's website.
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.
Families can talk about...
Use the many customizable options to tailor the albums to your kid's needs and preferences.
If your kids have some ability to verbalize, encourage them to repeat the sentences they hear.