A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to express themselves using the built-in images or keyboard to create favorite sentences. When they open Tom Taps Speak, there are folders sorted by category that allow them to quickly express a word or a quick phrase. The goal is to empower kids to express themselves with ease and independence. Tom Taps Speak is easy to use and will help kids learn to say how they're feeling or what they need just by tapping.
Ease of Play
Simply open the first board and add favorite words or clusters of words. Kids also can use the labeled folders to quickly respond. The built-in voice verbalizes the pictures, letters, and names of folders.
Products & Purchases
Additional boards can be purchased in-app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tom Taps Speak is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device to help nonverbal kids communicate. It's free to use some functionality but requires an in-app purchase for the ability to fully customize boards. Kids select from hundreds of images to communicate their thoughts, emotions, or wants, and a keyboarding function is available for kids who can type.
Is It Any Good?
Tom Tap Speaks is a beginner's app in the world of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps, and it's much simpler than pricier apps such as Go Talk Now or AVAZ Pro. The free version doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it does allow kids to choose from more than 500 cards that identify quick phrases, places, food, pain, and emotions. If you're looking to try an AAC app, this would be a good start. It's easy to learn to use for parents and kids and easy to upgrade if it works for your child.
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