Text to Speech Apps for OT’s with Mobile Devices

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Text to Speech Apps for OT’s with Mobile Devices

OT’s work in many different settings and the tools we use continue to be more mobile in nature. When speaking of use of mobile device use of OT’s, a poll in 2014 by AOTA¹ found more than half of the OT practitioners surveyed use mobile devices in the clinic. A year later, I would believe that percentage has increased, with dedicated mobile devices being used for documentation in many work environments. That said,  availability of apps can be dependent on permission to download apps to work based mobile device,  permission to use a personal mobile device such as a phone or familiarity with apps that might be available to support an OT’s caseload.

A recent tech discussion  with a fellow OT / AT specialist, spurred this post. Her experience in a rehab situation with a patient who was deaf / hard of hearing, causing a barrier to understand and be understood found her sharing mobile device apps. It made me aware of the power of a simple word processing app with text to speech  on a mobile devices to aid communication with our clients/patients or even family members. Using a simple, free app with text to speech opened communication for this client. Although this client could spell (and yes he could handwrite given paper and pencil), there are many symbol based apps  for individuals with literacy or language challenges that can aid communication. In this case, all that was needed was the ability to write to communicate using a mobile device and app provided an instant communication tool.

Apps have come and gone and certainly costs have changed. Here are just a few  recently researched apps that are free with basic word processing and text to speech features  for clients or patients that can spell but can not hear to communicate for iOS and Android:

iSpeech icon iSpeech app for iOS  for iOS (free; iPhone/iPad) – Provides a simple word processing environment with “Speak” capabilities.  Very simple and straight forward app. A save function for typed text is available. In app purchase of additional voices are available. Uses Internet connection for text to speech.

iSpeech pic1

iSpeech iconiSpeech for Android (free) – Same basic features as listed above.


iSpeech pic1 for Android

Aloud! iOS icon TTSAloud! Text to Speech app  iOS (free; iPhone/iPad) – Provides word processing app with text to speech capabilities. Also allows copying text/articles and saving for future reference. In app purchases for additional voices. Simple to use.

Aloud! Text to Speech iOS pic

Speak it icon Android   Speak it app for Android – (free) Provides basic word processing and text to speech with a simple user interface. A recent search for a basic TTS app for Android found this app, in my estimation, one of the most stable and easiest to use TTS app for Android.

Speak it pic1 Android tts app

Certainly there are many more apps with TTS, free that are AAC communication apps. That list is long and worthy of another blog post or posts!

What TTS app do you use for communication with your clients or patients? If you have a favorite, please share!

More for your OT mTool Kit!

Carol Leynse Harpold, OT’s with Apps Blogger

¹ Yamkovenko, Stephanie,  retrieved Oct 11, 2015 from http://www.aota.org/practice/manage/apps.aspx .

About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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