Expanding Language

Expanding Language

“Expanding Language” is developed is Special Learning, Inc. It is a basic Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app. There are several categories programmed into the app: Food, Drinks, Clothing, Toys, Emotions, Actions, Activities, Body Parts, Household Items, Locations, Musical Instruments, Furniture, Plants & Trees, School Supplies, Tools, and Appliance. At the top of the screen, there are four emergency buttons: Help, Break, Sick, and Bathroom. Should your child want to eat a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, he or she can click on “Food,” then click on the picture of the grilled cheese sandwich, in which a voice will say “grilled cheese.”

This app is very customizable. On the home screen, you can click on “Admin”, answer a math problem (ex. 64 + 45 = __), and you enter the Admin page where you can have access to a lot of things. You can change the voice saying the words, the background, picture size, turn the picture label on/off, see reports to see what your child is getting right or wrong, add new items and categories, and more.

Also, the voices do not sound very . . . robot-ish. All four of them (a man, woman, boy, and girl) are clear and easily understandable.
It costs $39.99 to download and has no in-app purchases. It is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and requires iOS 4.3 or later.
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