Expressive 4+

AAC Alternative Communication

Smarty Ears

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 6 Ratings
    • $59.99



Introducing Expressive, a groundbreaking tool revolutionizing assistive communication. Developed by an award-winning speech pathologist, Expressive is an easy-to-use, potent app designed for individuals experiencing speech impairments or communication difficulties.

As featured on the "Autism Hangout" Podcast and "TUAW.COM", Expressive is more than an app—it's a life-changing companion aiding effective learning and communication for people of all ages.

From children learning their first words to adults overcoming communication difficulties, Expressive bridges the gap. It enables the expression of thoughts and needs through interactive symbols and pictures that generate sound with a single tap.

xpressive Version 8.2 offers an array of powerful features:

- Use a comprehensive symbol support system with over 14,000 Smarty Symbols for effective communication.
- Enjoy four built-in text-to-speech voices, featuring both high-quality male and female options.
- The new 'Type Words' feature allows users to input text that the app vocalizes using the iPad keyboard.
- Easily customize your experience by adding your own images.
- Modify the background color of your folders or images to suit your preferences.
- Keep your settings secure with the lock feature, preventing unintended modifications.
- Quickly find images with the search button feature.
- Navigate with ease with our completely redesigned graphics and user-friendly interface.
- Expressive supports both landscape and portrait modes for your convenience.
- Rearrange titles to fit your communication style.
- Adjust the speed of the text-to-speech voices to match your listening comfort.
- Personalize your communication with a variety of font style options.
- Ensure grammatically correct expressions with advanced Verb Agreement Support.
- Experience a smoother user journey with advanced optimization of the application's features.
- Choose from three icon sizes - Extra Small, Small & Medium, and for learners broadening their vocabulary, the 'hide icons' feature lets you keep icons out of sight without permanently deleting them.

Whether you're a parent, an educator, a speech therapist, or someone seeking a better way to communicate, Expressive is your perfect partner. It's compatible with iPhone and iPad, ensuring effective communication is always at your fingertips.

Embrace Expressive – your gateway to a world of enriched communication and learning. Start your journey today!

What’s New

Version 8.2

On this version we have added new home vocabulary, improved the image library

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

MelanieSLP ,

Has excellent potential!

Very nice start. We've seen other apps from Smarty Ears start out with a few kinks and then greatly improve with future updates to become definite 'must have' SLP apps. Benefit of investing in an app from such a solid company! Love that it incorporates familiar color-coding, a nice clean layout, and relatively simple editing. Might become my go-to rec for families who want to get something in place while we're working on the bigger AAC eval process. I'm very excited to see what they have planned for the future of this communication app.

Developer Response ,

MelanieSLP - Thank you so much for such positive feedback on Expressive. We always appreciate when people like you take the time to write to us. If you ever have any feedback feel free to send us an email.

Rsgduke ,

Most effective app to create your own communication boards

I am an SLP always seeking for new AAC apps that are effective and efficient and since I purchased this app in a bundle with custom boards about a year ago, I have been extremely satisfied with how user friendly both apps are. My students love using expressive and have augmented communication using this app instead of those expensive devices that often times sit on shelf of a special education classroom unused. This app is so effective because once you purchase it you can download it to any ipad the buyer owns and use it with various students. Young and old students both love the pictures, and one enjoy using it to communicate. I pair it with communication books I make using custom boards and students answer questions from their communication notebooks using expressive. I thank the app creator who is a very knowledge and creative SLP because not only is app fun, but the app is often updated, and targets both core and fringe vocabulary. I highly recommend this app. For future improvement, I would recommend that this app works out of cloud system, that way any changes one makes could be made by the SLP from home and show changes when synched as does the app coughdrop (an app by another app developer). Expressive and coughdrop are my two favorite AAC apps to use in the public school setting and in the medical setting with both pediatrics and geriatrics.

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App Privacy

The developer, Smarty Ears, 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, for example, based on 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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