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 http://www.graceapp.com.
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 http://www.graceapp.com.
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 (incompetech.com).
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
• Fixes repeated speech with Tap to Speak
Ratings and Reviews
Great entry level aac application
The Grace app is a well designed, user friendly application. I really enjoyed playing around with it. It is very easy to use!
Many people forget that it is not about how many features an aac app can offer, but it is about finding an aac app that meets the needs of the student. Not every student is ready for thousands of vocabulary choices. Many students DO need to build their vocabulary, and get accustomed to using picture exchange symbols. Grace app definitely can be an app for that. Well done.
I like the app
I love the app but I think it needs more cards.
Good methodology but needs refinement
I am a special education teacher with the Montgomery County Public Schools' Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am actually on the verge of launching a 1:1 iPod Touch project in my classroom! The idea of migrating PECS methodology to the iPod Touch/iPhone is great. This is a MUST have app for any professional or parent in the autism community. I was very excited about the relase of GRACE and downloaded it immediately for use with students. There are serveral minor changes I would suggest. First, the ability to hide/show & rearrange categories. Second, adding custom PECS under the pre-made categories. Third, support multiple users/students on one device. In other words, multiple PECS books on a single iPod Touch/iPhone. Perhaps menu on launch where users select client/student working with. Once such changes are made, GRACE will be able to be individualized for each child.
- Steven Troughton-Smith
- 18.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Danish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.