SoundingBoard app is a communication app developed by AbleNet that currently is free. It provides the ability to create board with 1 to 9 cells using their in-app picture library or by using images from your photo library. Additional picture libraries are available for purchase, however if using your own real pictures, additional library images may not be needed. It has a simple interface and is easy to use.
As a OT I may not be using this as a communication device, but it could be a single button with a response (take a picture of the switches or speech generating device the student is using to transition the student to the 2D picture as opposed to the actual switch), choice making tool, simple visual schedule or yes/no responses for therapy sessions. I believe this app has many possibilities for therapy sessions if used in collaboration with the students communication needs. The app also provides for switch access input if needed.
I am not advocating we take over the communication needs of our students, but this app may come in handy with students of a wide variety of needs or situations – and it is free!
Not going to need it? Pass the word to your speech pathologists or special education teachers who service students with multiple needs! Free is always popular!
Check out AbleNet’s website for more information, a video and directions for how to set up the app for communication. Thanks to AbleNet for offering this app.