Expressive 4+

AAC Alternative Communication

Smarty Ears

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 6 Ratings
    • $29.99



Expressive was featured on the "Autism Hangout" Podcast and the "TUAW.COM" as an app that is helping children & adults to communicate and learn. This is an entry to mid-level, easy to use, and powerful app that allows children and adults with speech impairment or communication difficulties to express their wants and needs through the use of pictures and symbols. Expressive was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Children can use this application to communicate by tapping buttons with symbols or pictures that generate sound. Expressive includes over 10,000 built-in images from the Smarty Symbols library.

The best thing about Expressive is its ease of use. It does not require any knowledge about programming or manuals; Expressive is intuitive and simple to use.

Flexible and intuitive customization within Expressive allows users to select from a pool of images with audio files, create their own folders and arrange the images as they please.

If you have a family member that has lost the ability to express themselves (even if just temporarily due to a surgery, accident or aphasia) Expressive will give them back the ability to communicate and express their basic needs. Expressive is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad.

Version 3.3 of Expressive contains the following features:
-Symbol support for communication using 10,000 Symbols;
-A choice of 4 built-in text to speech;
- Ability to add your own images;
- Change background color of folders or images;
- A lock feature to prevent modifications by user;
- Search button to find images quickly;
- Completely redesigned graphics;
- Supports landscape and portrait mode;
- Support re-arranging tittles;
- Male and female text-to-speech options
- Change speed of text to speech voices;
- Change font style;
- Verb Agreement Support;
- Advanced optimization of the features of the application;

What’s New

Version 7.0

We have fixes some small bugs, updated Smarty Symbols and updated the app to the latest iOS.

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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  • Family Sharing

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

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