There are many forms of AAC that have traditionally been very expensive. However, with technology improving every day, there are new ways for speech-impaired individuals to communicate. One of these new ways is the iPad. Apple has created many different applications that perform the same functions as very expensive devices. I saw this commercial the other day, and it inspired me to look up which applications can do this.
iSpeak is an app that uses pictures to represent the words that the patient wants to be spoken. It has educational support and the user can choose words and phrases from an existing phrase bank. He or she can also build their own phrases. Another app is called Aacorn. This app also has educational support, but it also aids language development. It uses the grid system with symbols which simplifies the use. The other benefit of this app is its word prediction feature. It quickens the process of typing and selecting the words a user wants to say, making the language more fluent. The last AAC app that I found interesting is the Personal Assistant Communicator (PAC) app. The patient can either use pictures or words to build phrases and sentences. If neither of these options work for the user, the app also has a text-to-speech feature. These applications are not the only apps for AAC- there are very many. These three are recommended and can really make the cost of an AAC device much more affordable.