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verbally – Best and most cost effective (FREE) Word power app for iPad

Verbally is by far the best AAC app that I have seen except it doesn’t have any support for icons. This leaves lots of younger kids out but this is one of the best and low cost solutions for kids who are older and can read text and people who lost speech due to other reasons such as storke or accidents. No wonder this is listed under medical instead of educational apps. I don’t know how they can offer this FREE but it is. I know there are other AAC apps on iTunes that sell this as an add on feature to the picture version for the kids who graduate from the picture versions. This I think is equal if not better than the other apps out there.

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How it works? The app has pre-set words in the top section called ‘word grid’. You can select the word from this similar to the way you select icons on any other AAC device.  Users can enter usign this and the ‘predictions bar’ predicts the next words that the system predicts you will use and you can use that prediction to continue unless you can’t find your word you are looking for over there. Then you will pick the next word or type. As soon as you type the first letter the prediction bar will change to give you new predictions just like any other word prediction software.   There are also pre-set Phrases that user can use without typing anything. You can let it speak each word as you type.

Alternative uses: I tried to type the above paragraph using the app on iPad and it did a pretty good job predicting the words. May be we can use this for students struggling to write.  Word prediction may help kids get the support they need to complete a sentence.  I will let the remedial specialists figure it out.

Issues

  • Very little customization available.   Needs lot of work in this area. I assume they will have some already planned.
  • The only customization that I was able to find is related to keyboard layout (QWERTYor ABCD)
  • Ability to customize key phrases (ex: My name is ‘___’) s. Users may want to add their own key phrases.

Wishlist

  • If you can add pictures to this then it will be a complete AAC and it also helps with kids with other disabilities (autism) that need picture supports

Overall this is a great and we thank Intuary for bringing out this app for the community. May be you can find funding from non-profits and make this even better product.

What is Verbally?

Verbally is an amazing, comprehensive assisted speech solution for the iPad. Verbally is a top-selling Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) iPad app and it’s totally free. Unlike all other AAC solutions available, Verbally’s unique, simple design allows users to communicate quickly and effectively in any setting.

Verbally enables creative communication, self-expression, and, most importantly, conversation.

Why choose Verbally?

Ease & Speed

    • Core Words Grid offers over 50 essential words, which can save you over 50% of the taps reuired to input your sentences
    • Core Phrases Grid offers a dozen common phrases to enable faster & easier conversation
    • Text Prediction that learns the words & names you use and makes entering your thoughts significantly faster than typing

Customization

    • Three Keyboard Layouts so that you can find the one that’s best for you
    • Choice of Male or Female Voices

Cost & Convenience

  • Free App!
  • No WiFi or 3G connection required

Is Verbally for me?

Verbally is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app for speaking unique thoughts and feelings, designed to minimize keystrokes and to maximize ease & speed. Verbally is an invaluable communication aid for people with apraxia, ALS, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, or muscular dystrophy.

How do I use Verbally?

Just download Verbally from the iTunes app store. Then, just use your finger or stylus to tap your sentence into the text box & tap speak. It’s that easy!

For more information on how to use Verbally, check out the help section.

Verbally runs on any iPad that’s running iOS version 3.2 or higher. If you’re running an older version of iOS, you can upgrade to the latest version when you sync your iPad with iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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Categories: AAC, Communication
  1. April 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I hope that users see the potential for ALL learners to use this app. With the word bank, keyboard, and word prediction, I see it working as a AAC device, spelling assistant, verbal model, and so on. This is definitely an APP that I say….Can’t believe it’s FREE!!

  1. April 14, 2011 at 9:51 am
  2. May 14, 2011 at 6:18 am

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