TouchChat HD - AAC

TouchChat HD - AAC

By Silver Kite

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2010-12-23
  • Current Version: 2.17.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.21 GB
  • Developer: Silver Kite
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    3.5/5 ( 56 Reviews)
  • Price:
TouchChat HD - AAC App Ratings: 3.5
Total 56 Reviews

TouchChat HD - AAC App Description

TouchChat HD is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech. TouchChat 2.0 provides both English and Spanish options in one app and provides a universal app supporting iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®. TouchChat fits into the category of assistive technology known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and includes features that were previously only available in much more expensive dedicated devices. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing recorded message. Various English and Spanish synthesized voices are available, allowing the user to choose a voice that fits their own personality. TouchChat also has a unique feature whereby one can simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or in a noisy environment. TouchChat gives an individual the ability to navigate through page sets and speak messages. Page sets are linked pages, each of which is divided into a number of buttons. The buttons are programmed to have specific actions. For example, buttons may be programmed to speak a message, navigate to a different page, change the volume or clear the display. Various page sets are included with the TouchChat: VocabPC, MultiChat-15, and Spelling and available in both English and Spanish options, myQuickChat’s are available in English while Sintaxis and Sin Sintaxis files are available in Spanish. Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs. Additional page sets, including WordPower, Gateway and Pixon are available as in-app purchases. Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or via iMessage and email. Generate a message, push on the text window and choose a service. Text from other applications can be copied to TouchChat so that it can be spoken out loud. Also, text generated in TouchChat can be copied to other applications. The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable. Buttons can be easily rearranged by simply dragging them to the desired new location. Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location. The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can be copied and pasted into another button. Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 30 button actions when creating new buttons. Over 10,000 Symbolstix symbols are included for customizing buttons. Use any image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Gestures can also be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc. Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user. Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time. Also buttons can be configured to activate on release. Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or video files from the Photo Roll. Great measures have been taken to protect custom files. Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer using the iTunes file sharing feature. TouchChat also enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safe keeping, or choose to share customized pages with an online community. For our Hebrew speaking customers: אפליקציה ליצירת לוחות תקשורת שתורגמה לעברית ע"י מטח האפליקציה כוללת 8 לוחות ייעודיים בעברית, דיבור סינטטי, ניקוד, הטיות של פעלים בזמנים שונים, הטיות של שמות עצם ועוד לפרטים נוספים: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.


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TouchChat HD - AAC App Reviews

  • Terrible app. Get Speak for Yourself or Proloquo2go

    By Woty Regan
    TouchChat is an awful app. Proloquo2go and Speak for Yourself are both much better. None of the TouchChat vocabularies that come with this app are any good. They're based on outmoded low expectations of nonverbal people and they don't support language development. In addition, editing is really cumbersome in TouchChat. Speak for Yourself and Proloquo2go both come with good vocabularies out of the box. They are also much easier to edit and back up. Don't waste your time and money on TouchChat.
  • Good app / terrible policy

    By Skouk75
    We use this app on our daughters iPad, it works pretty well. I wanted to add the app to my phone for a more mobile option and the company wants another $300 for the iPhone app... What a joke! I can't recommend this app - use ProLo, at least their app works on both iPad and iPhone and they don't try to charge you twice. I gave the company the opportunity to make it right and their support and answers were a joke, they tried to blame Apple. In the very least, if you purchased the $300 iPad app, they should offer a credit for the same iPhone app.
  • Not worth the money

    By Cookiemoe
    Disappointed with this purchase as it only works on the iPad. For the price there are better apps out there that only cost a little more that are compatable across mutiple devices and have way better reviews. Also the lack of the picture in addition to the word going up into the sentence strip is a major drawback. When I did deal with Customer Service they were less than helpful.
  • Great Program for Customizing

    By Emerging Language
    This program is so easy and flexible to fully customize. It is an awesome program to develop a new vocab. The word organizations on the market are not good and I am really greatful for a program where I can build and customize my own so well. Developing new customizable vocabs would be a real boon to the AAC market--especially for those who have outgrown devices that are really just a series of choice boards but who don't have full literacy or grammar yet. The upgrades have improved the program, but it still crashes unexpectedly while in use on occasion.
  • Good alternative to Proloquo2Go. For now...

    I've had TouchChat since it's initial release. It has DEFINITELY gotten more solid as time has gone by and it is finally stable enough where I would feel comfortable recommending it. Still, I can't help feel like something is missing and, at the end of the day, I recommend P2Go nine out of ten times. The Pros: - Extremely customizable - can change individual background cells, assign actions to buttons, modify font (size, color, placement), put buttons wherever you want - Modest price point (cheaper than Proloquo2Go and Speak4Yourself) - Made by a reputable company who has a long history of making AAC devices. - Has fixed a LOT of bugs in recent versions and now, finally, appears stable. - Comes with several pre-done vocab sets (although, truth be told, I always start from scratch anyway, so having vocab sets included doesn't mean a whole lot to me…) The Cons: - Quality of the SymbolStix icons is bafflingly bad! Especially compared to Proloquo2Go, the SymbolStix simply don't look great in any version of TouchChat - Having to purchase separate versions for iPad and iPod (unless you want to scale up the iPod version) is unfortunate, especially when many families have both iPods and iPads. - SO many options to customize may turn people off. - Addition of WordPower vocab doubles the price of the app. it's worth noting that one of TouchChat's greatest advantages over Proloquo2Go (it's ability to be customized) will be neutralized once Proloquo2Go 2.0 comes out. At that time, one of the most convincing reasons to select TouchChat will now be eliminated.
  • Great application but needs some fixes

    By Margaret Ginzburg
    I like this application. It has built-in vocabulary but allows easy customization. I just created the custom vocabulary today and my son is already using it! The only problem is that when I edit a button in one screen my changes affect absolutely unrelated button in another screen, which is obviously a bug.
  • Great until you edit

    By kathrynfw
    I really touted this as a great thing on my web site based on demos I had seen. However, once I got it into my hands, i got very frustrated. Very poor voices. "Nelly" is not a good child's voice. Buttons can't be moved, copied or pasted. When you are in the 16-button page (as an example), some of the buttons that should show are hidden. You hit "edit page" and you see all the buttons and they rearrange themselves so you can't really tell where things will go (and what buttons will disappear) when you back out of edit view. The "scene based" does not work like a traditional scene base where you can put a button anywhere and move it around as needed. You can only use a grid. Very disappointed. I bought Proloquo2Go and thought this would be better. Paid for this one and now it is wasted. Going back to Proloquo2Go.
  • NH SLP

    By MSSLP
    Well done app. It's exactly like the full version on the Alt Chat device. Look forward to using it with my clients.