After hearing a little buzz about Therapy Box's new AAC app, Chatable, I was excited to get a chance to try it out this month. It has some nifty features that give it a lot of potential for our AAC users.
Features I like:
- There is an integration of grid based pages and scene based pages. You can choose one or the other or make a hybrid page with both. I found the modification to be easy and user friendly.
- Users can create messages and share these by speaking, posting to text messages, Facebook, Twitter or through email. I love that this company gets the importance of these social options!
- Multimedia options include the ability to add your own photos, link to your own videos, link to YouTube videos, link to websites or play your own music within the app.
- Scanning features: touch anywhere or switch scanning; auditory cues; scan color options
- Text to Speech or Handwriting Input- an unusual input method that gives users who can write the ability to speak outloud
- Navigation by folders, hotspot selection on scenes or by left-right swiping.
- Schedule the appearance of boards by setting a time to have the board open- a nice feature to cue AAC users and assist in navigation
- Set a specific page to open when the AAC user arrives at a designated place (recognized by GPS).
- An organized set of vocabulary and messaging options to help families get started
- Customizable auditory cues and linear scanning options for scanning
- Qwerty keyboard option
- Slightly larger navigation buttons to the keyboard and back for ease of access
- An option to automatically open scheduled pages without requiring a yes/no response
All in all Chatable is an AAC app with robust options. A great place to start with AAC and, with the help of an SLP to develop a relevant vocabulary set, a system which can meet the needs of many beginning communicators.
I was given a copy of Chatable to review. We are given access to many AAC apps but only discuss ones we believe have therapeutic value for our families.
Features video from Therapy Box