Featured AAC APP- So Much2Say

25 10 2011

This week, I’ve decided to do a different spin on the App of the Week feature. I am going to try to feature an app that is related to students with special needs, and may be either academic, social/emotional, OT, AAC, or something else. For the first installment, So Much2 Say is the featured AAC app this week.

So Much2Say is a picture communication AAC app created by Close 2 Home Apps. Designed for users with significant cognitive and language impairments, So Much2Say is geared specifically for students that can handle up to 6 pictures in a choice field.

While I am not an SLP, I can speak about how some of the features of this app could work in educational and incidental learning opportunities.

The interface is quite possibly one of the simplest I’ve seen amongst AAC apps. Configuration of pictures is easily found within the edit menu. While the app is pre-loaded with a variety of pictures, the functionality to add custom images from the camera roll is a huge asset. This allows for those in the moment learning opportunities.

When the user taps on the picture from an array of at least two, the selected picture moves to the middle of the screen. This is a great feature for reinforcing communication concepts.

So Much2Say can be used as more than a communication tool. In terms of building receptive vocabulary, this is an easy app to  use to assess receptive vocabulary related to items that a student frequently uses. For example, there could be two pictures displayed. The teacher or therapist can hold up one item, and the  goal is for the student to correctly identify, or match, or request that item.

Eventually, pictures can be grouped into categories as learner’s understanding progresses. This is a great feature that is easy to customize within the app interface.

The developers have some great videos on their site. Check out the overview video below:

In app selection, it’s imperative that teachers, parents, and therapists know what the learning needs are of the student, what the outcome is to be for that student, and how apps in particular can meet these needs as a tool to enhance the educational experience of our students. While one AAC app may work brilliantly for one student, it may not do the same for another.

It would be nice to see in future updates links to image search engines, a home menu for easier navigation for practitioners to use, and different languages. Overall, this is a nicely packaged app and  is easy to use without much training.

So Much2Say incorporates an easy to use interface, custom pictures and layout options, logical sequence of communication at the foundational end of the spectrum, and is priced well. For those beginning to investigate AAC, this may be an app to try.




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