The DYnamic Therapy Associates Blog
The first text-2-speech app on our blog, Predictable is the Bomb! (for you Brits, that means I like it a lot:) I love the features of this app. Direct selection, scanning with switch and scanning by touchscreen. Users have a traditional keyboard with solid word prediction (hence the name, I'm guessing!) and a "dyslexia setting" that predicts words that are misspelled. What a great feature! More to come on this subject after I test it out with my favorite patient with dyslexia.
Predictable also includes additional messaging options. You can copy and paste your messages from the app. An added bonus for us social media fans: simple access to Twitter, Facebook and texting (and email if that's how you roll).. I just tweeted my first tweet from Predictable and had a "favorite" in less than 30 seconds. Clearly a good interface.
The traditional feature of this app are slick as well. Access methods include direct selection, scanning with switch and scanning by touchscreen. Messaging options include the keyboard and word prediction, of course, but also user modifiable stored phrases to increase rate of communication. There is a history feature so users can quickly access frequently constructed messages as well.
A very solid AAC app for our spelling friends!
Disclosure: DTA is a resource center for Therapy Box Apps as well as a variety of other AAC app developers and device manufacturers. We have long term loans for dedicated devices and professional AAC apps donated to our clinic for patient trials.
About the Author: I am a SLP who has the distinct fortune of having a job that is also my passion. I have been an AAC Specialist for almost 25 years in schools and my private clinic. I currently own Dynamic Therapy with my husband, Chuck (also of 25 years) who is my business partner and enabler. We have a wonderful staff of SLPs & AAC Specialists who work with us to help our patients. I hope you find my blog helpful as you join me in our journey with our unique and amazing friends! Vicki Clarke, MS CCC-SLP