LOUIS, MO, November 20, 2018 — APP2Speak™, an inexpensive easy-to-use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) software application that enables speech-impaired individuals to communicate more effectively, announces the app is now available for use on Android Devices at the Google Play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app2speak.android
APP2Speak, previously available only for Apple based operating systems, is designed and created for the thousands of individuals who experience speech impairment as a result of a stroke, brain injury, Parkinson Disease, ALS, autism, and other conditions effecting speech and communication.
Developed by Gina Baldwin, M.S., an experienced Speech Pathologist, APP2Speak is an easy-to-use speech output software application. Users can simply touch a pre-loaded photo to talk, or easily customize the app by adding their own photos or by taking a photo within the app itself.
The app uses a pre-recorded voice (or any voice that the individual personally records) to speak their message to family and friends. The software provides easy-to-read instructions and includes a built-in “Help” system. It requires no special training to create the optional “voice” and “photo” customizations.
“Life can be frustrating for individuals who experience speech and communication impairments including those who can’t speak well or at all. This often makes communication with families and friends extremely difficult. That is why we are excited that APP2Speak has been approved and accepted by Google for Android devices. Hundreds of users, both in the U.S. and internationally, have already downloaded the application for their Apple device. Now we are pleased to offer the app to those using Android devices.
In creating APP2Speak, Baldwin drew on her vast experience to ensure it would be the best speech output application available. The software uses dynamic technologies to assist users with their everyday communication. APP2Speak™ is fully customizable. You can easily integrate your own photos and phrases into the app. The simple act of touching a photo allows users to convey a short phrase, sentence, or even a complex story. These features make the application ideal for all individuals who, need assistance for speech and communication.
Developed by an experienced Speech Pathologist, APP2Speak™ is an inexpensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) software application that enables speech-impaired individuals to communicate more effectively. It is designed and created for the thousands of individuals who experience speech impairment as a result of a stroke, brain injury, Parkinson Disease, ALS, autism, and other conditions effecting speech and communication.
APP2Speak™ is an easy-to-use speech output software application. Simply touch a pre-loaded photo to talk, or easily customize the app by adding your own photos or by taking a photo within the app itself. The app uses a pre-recorded (or any voice that you personally record) to speak your message to family and friends. The software provides easy-to-read instructions and includes a built-in “Help” system, and it requires no special training to create the optional “voice” and “photo” customizations. Custom pages are endless, and you can share your custom pages with other devices that also have the app installed. Set your preference to start APP2Speak™ on either a pre-set page, a text-to-speech page, or a custom page.
Life can be frustrating for individuals who experience speech and communication impairments–those who can’t speak well or at all, and this often makes communication with families and friends extremely difficult. Through an easy-to-use, intuitive, photo-based interface, APP2Speak™ helps to reduce the frustration that often results from speech impairment.
APP2Speak™ is an augmentative and alternative communication software app for the iPad and tablets to help individuals who have difficulty expressing their wants and needs essential to daily living.
APP2Speak™ contains 80 preset communication needs and wants. Each page displays 20 real-life photos with words. Each selection provides voice output (2 voice options) for word and phrase describing a want or need. The page size can be easily adjusted for visual difficulties: sizes include 4×5 or 2×10 (columns x rows). The pages can be swiped up and down, or left and right to switch between pages. Preset photos can be moved and turned on or off. A separate page for text-to-speech is located on the Help page by touching the ?.
There are many accessibility features on the iPad and tablets. For example, external switches, touch and hold accommodations. APP2Speak™ is compatible with external Bluetooth switches to use with physically challenged individuals.
The custom pages are unlimited and provide additional flexibility to enable personalized communication. Speech Pathologists, family and friends can upload pictures from their personal photo library or, Internet (with wireless Internet connection). Another option is taking a picture within APP2Speak™; you can save on custom pages, label the picture, select text to speech or record your voice for speech output. Share your custom pages with other APP2Speak™ users through an enabled Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection (iOS only).
iPad, iOS 8.0 or later
Android, 4.4 and up
- 4 preset pages of photos, words and voice output
- 2 options for size of photos
- Option for male or female voice (iOS only)
- Option for 2 voices (Android)
- Text-to-speech page
- Personally record your voice
- Options to turn ON/OFF and Move Preset Pictures
- Help page includes Video Demonstration, Written/Pictorial Instructions and Text to Speech page
- Unlimited pages of customization using your personal photo library, Internet pictures or take custom photo within APP2Speak™ and save in separate album folder created for APP2Speak™
- Allows custom pages to be shared through an enabled Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection (iOS only)
- Backup and recovery of custom shared pages (iOS only)
APP2Speak™ is written in English.