TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower

TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower

By Prentke Romich Company

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2011-01-06
  • Current Version: 2.19.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.38 GB
  • Developer: Prentke Romich Company
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    3.5/5 ( 57 Reviews)
  • Price:
    $299.99
TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower App Ratings: 3.5
3.5
Total 57 Reviews

TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower App Description

TouchChat 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. This version of TouchChat is bundled with the WordPower™ series of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman. WordPower is a word-based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communication, while WordPower with Phrases incorporates phrases for easier language generation. TouchChat provides both English and Spanish options in 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 a 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, such as speaking a message, navigating to a different page, changing the volume or clearing the display. Various page sets are included with TouchChat: VocabPC, MultiChat15, and Spelling are available in both English and Spanish options, myQuickChat©, MyCore, and Communication Journey: Aphasia are available in English, while Sintaxis and Sin Sintaxis files are available in Spanish. Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs. Additional English page sets including Gateway©, Pixon™60 and Talk About AAC are available as in-app purchases. Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on social media or via iMessage® and email using a wireless connection. Generate a message, push on the text window and choose a service. Additionally, text can be copied to/from TouchChat and other applications so it can be spoken out loud. The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable. Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location or rearranged by simply dragging them to the desired new location. The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can also be copied and pasted into another button. Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 45 button actions and nearly 40,000 Symbolstix® symbols* when creating new buttons. You can also choose to use an existing image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Additionally, gestures can be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc. *Please note: PCS© symbols are not compatible with the TouchChat app. Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user. Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time. Buttons can also be configured to activate on release. Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or videos from the camera roll or a YouTube™ link. Once programming is complete, be sure to protect custom files. Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer through iTunes® file sharing, DropBox™ or Google Drive™. TouchChat also enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safe keeping (not available to customers residing in the European Union). 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 w/ WordPower App Reviews

  • No sound now

    4
    By IllinoisAutismDad
    Has anyone else lost sound? After this latest round of iOS operating system updates we have NO sound. It is only the TouchChat app that has been affected.
  • this help me

    5
    By catlancemc
    my doctor said it’s will be a good app and it’s is i been using it for 3 years now and i love how it’s works with my doctor ipad really good it’s my now but it’s so helpful thxs.
  • Great app!

    5
    By GameBoyJr
    Thanks for creating such a wonderful app. This is indispensable for any non-verbal person. Please consider making the orange bar disappear or thinner for those who want to hide the [Vocab] and [Menu] buttons. The bar occupies valuable real estate, especially for those using the app on an iPhone. Also, the Real Language logging icon is distracting as it takes up too much space on the speech display area. Please make it smaller.
  • Malfunction

    4
    By Spencer Y.
    I like using. It’s useful as I cannot talk but since the last update the interrupt function has stopped working. So if you accidentally hit the speak button or speech display bar a second time you and whoever you are with has to listen to the whole message again. You can hit the home button and close the app but then when you come back to the app it will continue what it did not finish. Can you bring back the interrupt?
  • Great app for AAC communication

    4
    By WeantLifeSkills
    TouchChatHD is the first app I try with my nonverbal or limited verbal special education students. It’s very intuitive and helps reduce frustration by assisting navigation for new users. For example, if a person presses the eat button, it automatically (without extra programming) jumps to the food home page to select the food. It has lots of levels for all types of AAC users. My only complaints would be: 1)The vocabulary layout is not consistent across levels so that if a user is ready to progress to a level with more robust vocabulary and buttons, the layout of main buttons changes drastically, which makes the user relearn basic motor patterns. For example the “home” button may move from the bottom corner to the top corner or the “clear button moves from the lower bottom corner to the opposite top corner. 2) The app saves an image of the logo to the device’s camera roll every day the app is used. This is a minor annoyance, but I have never seen another app do this and it gets old deleting the logo every day.
  • Needs more skin tones, back button issues

    4
    By Nurseman Andy
    We have been using this for about 2 years with our son, who is non verbal. It is way better then the PECS system we were using, because he was constantly chewing those up or throwing them away. I also like how customizable it is, I have been able to build in screen shots for all of his tv shows and episodes using the camera. However, I do think it would be a marvelous thing if this app included a more diverse range of skin tone colors on their representations of faces, body parts, etc. All of the generic forms not specific to a known celebrity are apricot colored. My son has beautiful brown skin. Non verbal children are a diverse group, and I think stick figure renderings don't take up much storage space, and can easily be colored in with more then one shade. I think children tend to feel marginalized when they do not see images that reflect them, and special needs kiddos are already a group at risk for feeling and being marginalized. It is also pretty frustrating that if your kiddo accidentally touches the "back" bar, it repeats every single thing requested since it was last cleared. It can really disrupt and disorient a kiddo with sensory issues. And for my son, who struggles with fine motor, he accidentally bumps it a fair bit. His aim is not always as precise as he would like, but it is getting better all the time... Just not enough to save us from back bar issues. Otherwise we LOVE how this app has improved his quality of life and his ability to tell us what he wants and to feel heard. And despite the monochrome skin tone, there is a decent range of object drawings, etc.
  • Touch chat app

    1
    By Lovely7157
    This app does not work I downloaded it a few times please fix it
  • WordPower is worth every penny

    5
    By JMIHDX
    I was inspired to buy this program after recently attending a seminar given by an ASD researcher who explained the necessity to teach children CORE vocabulary, rather than just FRINGE words (people, places, things). After 2 weeks of use, I can tell you I am so thankful to have TouchChat with WordPower to assist my 9 year old less-verbal autistic boy. He is learning to build complete sentences, making stronger associations between verbal and visual word, and gaining in self confidence when ordering food items from strangers. Although we did experience a volume mute bug, I was able to resolve it by following online guidance to reset the “general settings” of the device. This app gets Five Stars for WordPower 108.
  • help!

    1
    By updatednohelp
    This app was great - the mainstay of my child's communication, until we downloaded the update. Now the words string together in the output window, as if they were not programmed with a space after them - as in the previous version. What happened?!
  • Love it!

    5
    By Blake FL
    My Autistic son who has no speech has been using the app with his school Ipad 2 and now have purchased it for home use!

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