Grace 4 4+

Non-Verbal Picture Exchange

Steven Troughton-Smith

    • €44.99



Grace App - winner of the 2010 Irish Web Awards and United Nations World Summit Award Mobile.

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Grace App is an evidence-based picture exchange app designed to encourage and reward independent communication through the use of images. While created with and for people with autism, it can be used by anyone with a speech disability or delay. Grace App is designed to be owned and updated by the user, with minimum support from care-givers.

Grace App works by offering a selection of images in categorized folders where users can select a picture to add to the “sentence strip”. The user then shares the sentence with their communication partner who helps them to point to each card, reading the words aloud.

The default setting is for no sound; however, there is an option in Settings to select “Tap Card to Speak” for users who prefer a vocal output.

On handhelds such as iPod touch or iPhone, the device can be rotated to landscape to show a fullscreen sentence view for sharing and pointing. On iPad, simply tap the arrow to enlarge the sentence to fullscreen. There's also a choice of 3 card sizes for user preference and those with visual/mobility impairment.

Category folders contain a selection of pre-loaded images. Users can add their own images using the camera or access any saved and stored images in their photo library, including images saved from the web.

All images can be labeled with text, deleted, or rearranged to suit the individual user. You can add new Category folders, with a selection of your own photos. All Categories can be rearranged and renamed as required. Detailed instructions are available in the Guide to Grace App at

Users can also learn about therapeutic strategies for developing other communication goals in the Guide. These include accepting and expressing “No, Wait” and “Asking for Help” There is also a section on communicating pain.

Grace App has been reviewed by senior speech and language therapists who say:

“Grace App is easy and quick to use and set up, it's easy to rename photo labels. Grace App is my favourite AAC app". KM - Speech and Language Therapist.

"I use Grace App with some of my clients who have difficulty communicating and need a system to augment their speech. One client, a school-aged child with Down Syndrome who has difficulty expressing himself using speech loves Grace App. Within a matter of minutes he was independently requesting his snack AND saying the word. In his case, the voice output was not activated, as he was more motivated to say the words and my goal is ultimately speech production. However, for some of my clients Vocal Output would be very beneficial. I also love the support you get from the developer – you don’t always get this with communication apps. Grace App is simple to use, easy to edit, and very effective as a communication device. The pictures are very easy to take on the spot, and now also very easy to label (every speech therapist’s dream). I also use it along with sign language – a true total communication approach! Grace App is a simple and genius app.” MM - Speech and Language Pathologist.

Grace App is continually improved with the feedback and help of users world-wide. If you have any suggestions or need support, please contact us at

Please leave a review if you think Grace has been helpful to you or your family!

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Grace App Communication is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.

Recommended Ages: Suitable for all ages, parents and caregivers. Currently available in English, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Portuguese, Arabic and Italian.

Discounts are available through Apple’s educational Volume Purchase Program.

"Easy Lemon (60 second)" Kevin MacLeod (
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What’s New

Version 4.0.2

• Fixes repeated speech with Tap to Speak

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

ncm4kids ,

update requested Grace app

I am a speech therapist working with non-verbal children with autism in Ireland, and also immediately downloaded this app. I have found it great, it's a fine concept! It's just a bit limiting having only 100 or so words of vocabulary. I can see this is a useful tool for out and about, and emergency communications, and probably wont replace the PECS folder altogether for everyday and classroom use. I wonder is the vocubulary so small due to limitations of the device, or because the PCS people wouldn't release more of their pictures? Still one can get around this with the photo option, which is great, and so easy to use!! I wish one could crop the photo once taken though, before including it, since the pics are so small and a photo uses unnecessary background. Can this be an upgrade feature?. Another feature I'd liove to see added is the ability to create new folders... once a new photo is added it justgets stacked on top of other photos... if one could organise them into folders it would be so much better. One more thing- any chance on being able to pinch - expand a pic to enlarge it for the child with visual problems? The same way we can do with photographs? The pics are quite small for some of the children. Thanks for a gerat app!

DublinASDMom ,

Good but there are issues

I migrated everything to new iPad. The new iPad doesn’t seem to be aware that Grace app is installed. When you search for it - it always offers to open it from the App Store. It has been deleted & reinstalled, but it didn’t resolve these issues. On the good side. It works well & We use it for “I want”. We use it for “first then next”. We use it to show a schedule sequence eg; morning schedules. And we use it for a choice board in ABA.

Autism Parent ,

Ann Marie

We got the Grace App for our i phone even though our son (Age 6) who has autism is verbal. But we found the "Now and Then" feature really useful with our son. He understood it on the i phone straight away and has even started taking pictures himself with it. It will help us to explain what iscoming up and also if we want him to do something what will come after the first or desired activity is completed. It cuts down on the unwanted behaviour from our son as he loves computers / i phone/ etc. Just wanted to say well done. A very simple but clever app!!!!!

App Privacy

The developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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