Platforms: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch, Android tablets and Android phones
Goal Areas: Verbal Expression, Speech Intelligibility, Eye Contact, Strategy Use, Augmentative Communication, AAC
Helps: Dysarthria, Apraxia, Motor Speech Disorders, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS
Contains: 3 Communication Boards (letter, topics, & whiteboard)
Features: Sounds, Customization of Topics, Settings for Physical/Visual/Cognitive Access Needs, Scanning Options, Export Ability
Languages: North American English recorded letter sounds, Text-to-Speech for topics for any language
Age: 4+ (basic literacy or sound-letter awareness is required)
Price: $4.99 USD
Bundled in: Tactus Collection Part 2 – Clinical Tools
Practical Advice & Evidence Review
Hanson, E. K. (2014). My Client Talks! Do I Still Need to Consider AAC in my Treatment Planning? Speech Supplementation Strategies: AAC for Clients Who Talk!. SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 23(3), 124-131.
Hanson, E. K., Beukelman, D. R., & Yorkston, K. M. (2013). Communication support through multimodal supplementation: A scoping review. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 29(4), 310-321.
Hanson, E. K., Yorkston, K. M., & Beukelman, D. R. (2004). Speech supplementation techniques for dysarthria: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 12(2), IX-XXIX. PDF
Hanson, E. K., Beukelman, D. R., Heidemann, J. K., & Shutts-Johnson, E. (2010). The impact of alphabet supplementation and word prediction on sentence intelligiblity of electronically distorted speech. Speech Communication, 52(2), 99-105.
Tjaden, K. (2008). Speech and swallowing in Parkinson’s disease. Topics in geriatric rehabilitation, 24(2), 115.
Hustad, K. C., & Lee, J. (2008). Changes in speech production associated with alphabet supplementation. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51(6), 1438-1450.
Hustad, K. C., & Garcia, J. M. (2005). Aided and Unaided Speech Supplementation Strategies – Effect of Alphabet Cues and Iconic Hand Gestures on Dysarthric Speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 48(5), 996-1012.
Hustad, K. C. (2005). Effects of speech supplementation strategies on intelligibility and listener attitudes for a speaker with mild dysarthria. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 21(4), 256-263.
Hustad, K. C., & Gearhart, K. J. (2004). Listener attitudes toward individuals with cerebral palsy who use speech supplementation strategies. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(2), 168-181.
Hustad, K. C., Jones, T., & Dailey, S. (2003). Implementing Speech Supplementation Strategies – Effects on Intelligibility and Speech Rate of Individuals With Chronic Severe Dysarthria. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 46(2), 462-474.
Howard, D., & Harding, D. (1998). Self-cueing of word retrieval by a woman with aphasia: Why a letter board works. Aphasiology, 12(4-5), 399-420.
Aug 20, 2015 Version 1.01
- Added a white board for free writing or drawing in 6 colors
- Added export to all pages for easy saving or printing of each board
Feb 16, 2015 AlphaTopics AAC Initial Release
Feb 2-6, 2015 Live Blog documents App Creation
- Read how AlphaTopics was created in 5 days
- Learn what goes into making an app
- See how community feedback helped with the design