New to AAC, Assistive Technology and Speech Therapy Apps? Start Here!

With the Holidays come and gone, a lot of special needs educators, therapists and parents have welcomed a new iOS device to their toolboxes and need a place to start. Some are not quite sure if they can even use the AAC apps that are available. Thankfully, the App world and educator resources for them have grown since the iPad hit the market in 2010. Here is a first stop for getting a handle on where to start. Please feel free to add article links in comments for helping new users.


What are the Prerequisites for Using an AAC Device? “, by Speech and Language Kids (In short, there are none!!)

PrAACtical is a wealth of information for all interested in AAC, and here is the best article to start, “Strategy of the Month: Teaching Basic Requests

Erin Pickar, MA CCC-SLP gives us “A Few of my Favorite Speech and Language Therapy Apps from 2012“  This list is geared to Speech and Language therapy, not purely AAC, but if you are a therapist just learning to dig-in to your new iOS toolbox, you should take a look.

Helen Wagner, M.S./ CCC-SLP also tosses her hat into the ring and shows us  “My Favorite Speech Apps“.

Sometimes there is a gap in communication between prefessional therapists and educators and parents. What seems simple to the therapist, might seem daunting to the parent. Lisa Domican (developer of GraceApp) created a manual for her app  that is so well-written it should be required reading for all new PECS/AAC users. Download the Grace App Manual here.

We asked our friends at Technology in Special Education’s Facebook Page what AAC Apps they were using and compiled a list with links for them here.

AAC Apps for non-Verbal individuals

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