This resource is inspired by the frequent requests that I receive for info about less expensive options and for info about apps for devices beyond just the iPad. Everything featured in this chart is priced under $10
It has 11 columns with the following info for each app:
- App Name
- App Store link(s)
- Is it Robust (Yes, Partially, No, or Not applicable)
- Type of App
- Type of Keyboard
- Voice Options (includes option for Recorded Speech)
- Option to Play Videos
- Backup & Sharing capabilities
- Basic info about other features in the app. For iOS, it includes info about device compatibility and minimum iOS requirements
There are 123 rows with apps available across each of the major platforms: Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon & Windows + a few Web-Based options
Why this is helpful to you is I have done all of the digging and sifted through hundreds of apps to get you straight to the ones worth considering.
*** This is a vetted resource where everything was tested on my personal devices ***
I will be maintaining and updating this chart as needed. But I don’t anticipate needing to do that very frequently since affordable and free apps are not updated as frequently by app developers compared to the robust options.
Watch the TPT preview video where I'm viewing the PDF on my iPad in the free Xodo app. You’ll get a feel for how much info will be at your fingertips in this chart. There are 123 rows in the chart. But it’s super easy to use the “search” option to find what you want quickly.
This PDF is intended to interactive so you can zoom in to see content and tap on links.It contains lots of links and those may not work if trying to use it in Safari or another browser. It's best viewed in the Books app on an iPad or a PDF viewer. One good free option is PDF Reader & Annotator app by Xodo Technologies Inc. that can be used on any platform (https://www.xodo.com/). If viewing in Xodo on a laptop, it may work best in older viewer: https://www.xodo.com/app-old/#/pdf. See this blog post for new info about Xodo: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/11/06/free-xodo-pdf-reader-app/
Important info for those wanting to view the PDF on a Mac computer: Save the PDF to your computer and then open the PDF online in Xodo: https://www.xodo.com/app/#/
A link to the Alternative Printable Version can be found at the very bottom left corner within this PDF. That will allow you access to a separate PDF that can be downloaded and is formatted for printing. The link to that will change when I update this resource.
More Important Information:
- Are you a parent who wants to try out AAC options for your child or an individual seeking out AAC options for yourself? See this blog post for helpful info: . I frequently receive messages from parents and am always glad to share what I know.
- If you’ve followed my OMazing Kids blog and social media sites for any length of time you know that I am a strong believer in starting with robust AAC instead of looking for “basic” or “starter” options and working up to something more robust.
- By publishing this resource I am not implying that an inexpensive or free app is the ideal way to meet most communication needs. But these apps can be helpful to use until an AAC eval can be completed, until a more robust option can be purchased, to meet a short term need or as a secondary tool to offer features that might not be available in their main AAC app, etc. I highly recommend that you pursue an AAC eval (including feature matching and trial of options) with a Speech Language Pathologist who has expertise in this area. This is not meant to put up a roadblock or to “gate keep”. I like to compare it to decisions made regarding wheelchairs. Could you just go pick one out and buy it? If you had the money, sure. But it may not be the best “fit” for that person.
- But don’t feel that you HAVE TO wait. Unfortunately it’s still common to see comments from parents who have been told “no”, “only after we try _____”, or “only after they demonstrate ________ skills”, etc…
- Unfortunately not everyone has access to getting an AAC eval or options for funding more robust AAC so there are individuals who may rely on these affordable or free apps as their only option. It is also a reality that not everyone can afford an iPad so that’s why this chart covers all of the main app stores.
- This chart is purposefully designed differently than the feature matching charts for robust AAC apps that provide very in-depth info for only a few apps. Instead this chart provides just the most basic info about lots of apps across all of the various platforms. It is intended to be more accessible for those without an prior knowledge of AAC and to be a helpful tool to provide info about affordable and free AAC app available across various platforms and basic info to assist in making informed purchasing decisions. Even when choosing an affordable or free AAC app you’ll want to consider the features that will best match that individual’s needs.
- You may need to use a combination of several apps and add it to existing communication such as True Object Based Icons (TOBIs), non-tech communication boards or books, facial expressions, gestures, vocalizations, etc. That individual can then pick what methods work best for them in any given situation. We all use various modes of communication (words, gestures, emojis, texting, drawing, etc).
- This resource only contains info about apps that I have personally used. The information in this chart was compiled based on my use of the most current version of each app on my personal devices, reading through app info on websites, app user guides, watching recorded webinars, and consulting with app developers when I had questions about the app. Given the large quantity of apps in this chart and difficulty in finding contact info for some app developers, I was not able to submit this resource to every app developer prior to publication. App developers are welcome to contact me if any edits need to be made. This resource intended to be an unbiased view at basic info about each app. I do not have a financial affiliation with any company.
- There are many more apps that claim to be “AAC” on each of the app stores. I did include any on this chart that had ads (unless those were hidden in a Settings area or could be blocked in Airplane mode), were very poorly designed, had very poor quality images or sound, crashed, downloaded hundreds of symbols onto my tablet Photos storage, required a social media login, had very poor reviews, etc. While this resource includes lots of apps there were at least an equal amount that I tried and didn’t include due to these issues.
- Inclusion in this chart is subject to change as apps are updated and new apps become available.
In-depth up to date info about features in robust AAC apps are available in the three AAC Feature Matching resources (). Those also include info about unique features to support Gestalt Language Processors
I assume no liability for app purchases and am not making patient-specific recommendations. I have no way to know whether or not a particular app will work in the same way or have the same features on any other brand or model of Android tablet, Amazon Fire tablet, Windows tablet or various iPads or iPhones other than mine
This document was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2022 and beyond.
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NOTE: This resource is intended to be used in Easel
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Looking for in-depth info about robust iOS AAC apps? See this resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-12-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853
Looking for in-depth info about robust iOS AAC apps? Check out this resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-13-iOS-Text-Based-AAC-Apps-7740844
Looking for in-depth info about AAC apps? Check out this resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-Visual-Scene-and-Video-Visual-Scene-Display-AAC-Apps-7811258
Want all three of the in-depth AAC feature matching charts? Check out the bundle for a discount compared to purchasing them individually: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/AAC-Feature-Matching-Resource-Bundle-7849416
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting
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