Looking for a quick text based AAC app that can speak out loud? SayIt! is a free iOS app (free version allows 40 characters; Unlimited version 10.99) providing basic typing, word prediction and text to speech. As a text based AAC app, it does have customizable settings for:
- Word prediction
- Rate is speech
- Voice choices
- Speak words or sentences
- Appearance setting high contrast options
- Text size
- Switch access
Here are the majority of setting options:
Here is what it looks like with text increased, high contrast setting customized.
Although a free app, 40 characters maximum allowed in the free version, limits you to the quantity of text seen above. Great for short messages with a few words. Unlimited text will cost you 10.99.
As an assistive app, the SayIt! switch access options appear quite robust as seen below:
Experience with this app and switch use has not yet been trialed, however appears to require multiple switches to each perform a functions.
SayIt! App provides a straight forward method of producing text with text to speech and word prediction options. It does not allow integration of third party keyboards such as Keeble or SuperKeys for additional word prediction or keyboard input options. That being said, use of iOS accessibility options are always available to customize dwell, repeat rate as well as text enlargement among others for access to the iPad.
SayIt! App, is a quick AAC tool with a keyboard, text to speech and word prediction capabilities. It can be a tool for clients who have communication challenges who are able to spell or type. This app might also be considered by clinicians working in acute care or rehab settings to augment communication. Purchase of the Unlimited version would appear to needed however at a cost of 10.99. Other apps are available as a simple AAC tool, such as Speak It Text to Speech!! or AAC Text to Speech (free).
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