A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
What's it about?
TOM TAPS SPEAKS is a no-frills app that helps kids who are either nonverbal or have speech-production issues. Simply open the first board, and your child can tap out his or her needs, wants, and emotions using more than 500 cards. Kids can save favorite expressions or simply go to a folder and tap the item they need or want. The free version is a good introduction to learning how to use an augmentative communication app. There's an option to purchase a customizable feature as in-app purchases, which allows you to add your own photos and voice.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, speaking
- Skills: Emotional Development: identifying emotions, labeling feelings
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 21, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 21.50 MB
- Publisher: Seer Technologies
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: February 18, 2020