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New App to Help People with Unclear Speech to be Understood Better
AAC app for speech supplementation can help people with speech and language difficulties to get their message across more efficiently and effectively while using their natural speech
AlphaTopics AAC is an augmentative communication app aimed at people with unclear speech (dysarthria)
App Website: http://tactustherapy.com/
The app works by bringing an alphabet board and a topic board together in one application with all the benefits of technology: sound, visual feedback, adaptable settings, and portability. The speaker simply touches the topic they want to talk about, and then touches the first letter of each word they say.
AlphaTopics AAC lets the person with unclear speech speak naturally while giving the conversation partner enough context to understand better. With AlphaTopics, there’s no more spelling out whole words or fixing typos. And, less waiting for the listener means the conversation keeps moving along.
Pointing to the first letter of each word not only gives the listener more information about the word, it also encourages the speaker to slow down and separate words, actually making each word clearer. Intelligibility of sentences is reported to improve 25% on average when using an alphabet board.
Pointing to the topic before speaking narrows the range of possibilities for the listener, providing context. Studies show that using a topic cue increases word understanding by an average of 28%.
With AlphaTopics AAC, the listener can hear the letters or topic selected. This means they can stay focused on the speaker and the conversation instead of staring at the device. Communication is faster and clearer using this simple speech supplementation strategy.
Previously, people with speech difficulties had to rely on paper-based boards that easily became ratty and worn out. Now, with AlphaTopics AAC, the functionality of both an alphabet board and a topic board are always available on an iPhone or iPad in one convenient and customizable app.
The features of the alphabet board include:
· 26 letters in alphabetical order or 2 variations of frequency order
· 10 single digits to express any number
· Vowels are highlighted and aligned for faster navigation
· Natural speech reads out the name of each letter, number, or word
· Yes, no, question, smiley, space, and backspace buttons allow
The features of the topic board include:
· Fully customizable text that can be can re-ordered
· Voice output with adjustable speech rate
· Two sizes of grid to display 12 or 24 topics
· Pre-filled with functional topics for adults
Additional features include adjustable settings for visual, physical, language and cognitive impairments;
As a special introductory offer, AlphaTopics AAC is priced at $2.99 USD throughout February. In March the price will revert to the regular value price of $4.99 USD.
AlphaTopics AAC can be downloaded on the App Store and is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS7 or newer.
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/
AlphaTopics AAC was developed in a live event, with a blog chronicling each step of the process.
Live Blog of the Development of App: http://tactustherapy.com/
AlphaTopics AAC is the fourteenth app developed by Tactus Therapy Solutions to support people who have difficulty communicating ideas with others. Tactus Therapy is proud to add AlphaTopics as their first AAC (augmentative and alternative communication)
Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.
Page Updated Last on: Feb 18, 2015