Speak for Yourself 4+

Speak for Yourself LLC

    • 4.5 • 286 Ratings
    • $299.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Speak for Yourself is an application designed by two speech language pathologists specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with an evidence-based foundation. This application is consistent with motor learning principles, uses a word-based vocabulary of the most frequently used words in communication, and contains features important in developing automaticity and language. Individuals learn to use their communication device with the same principles they use to play an instrument or type on a keyboard. Speak for Yourself has the capability to begin with one word, but contains almost 11,000 Smarty Symbols® and allows the user the potential to access almost 14,000 words, with no more than two touches to say a word. Complex page navigation and scanning are eliminated to allow fast, consistent access to language! Powered by CereProc's speech system to give our voices character, emotion, and personality.

With the release of version 2.3, users can choose to include voice options from Acapela Text-To-Speech from Acapela Group through in-app purchasing.

Regardless of their current language level, this application can meet people where they are and provide language for a lifetime, because it’s a basic human right to Speak for Yourself.

What’s New

Version 4.3

This version updates the symbols to high definition Smarty Symbols(R)!

First, no vocabulary has been harmed in the creation of this update.
Every word in the app is still in the exact same place as it has been since the app was released in 2011. If you’ve moved and added words, your individual vocabulary will also be in the exact same place.

BUT the symbols are changing. As much as possible, we’ve chosen the high definition equivalent to the existing symbols. If that wasn’t possible, we chose the new Smarty Symbol for the word.

We know a lot of people are sensitive to change, and we haven’t taken that lightly. We’ve updated the symbols for 3 main reasons.

1. Diversity
Barbara Fernandes and the wonderful Smarty Symbols team have created characters to allow for more diverse skin tones and ages. It’s long overdue for us to include this new symbol library.

2. High definition quality
The new symbols are crisp and clear and also allow for better quality screen shots and printed materials. These new symbols will also match the symbol library on the Smarty Symbol website. So, if you’re looking to create support materials, you can search by the category or file name of the SfY symbol to find them on the Smarty Symbols website.

3. Larger symbol library
This update increases the symbol library from 11,000 to 31,000 symbols. You can still take pictures and choose photos from your camera roll, but now there are an additional 20,000 symbols to choose from as well.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
286 Ratings

286 Ratings

specialappssk ,

Still the best for so many users!

I still think this is the very best app for effective communication for so many users. <Yes, I was able to create that whole sentence using SFY, without any editing of the buttons- that’s how good the vocabulary is- and then I easily copied it into this review with the message window feature enabled for SFY in the main iPad settings. Strangely, the word “language” is one I have had to add though- although it does exist in the vocabulary, so I easily found it and added a symbol for it without having to make my own image- I placed it on the same page as “communication”, which, appropriately, is located under the “talk” button. ) I do think this app is the best at building language skills because of its vast vocabulary that is so easy to access! The “vocal expressions” that are offered when editing a button is another amazing feature that lets a user do things like express things like exasperation or agreement just like a person would do using natural speech!

Liz3033 ,

Really works!

I bought this for my son who was 3 at the time. I had heard that these kinds of apps and augmentive tools would help increase his speech. I didn’t really believe it and bought the app for the whole reason of him being able to “say” what was in his head. Within months he had a language explosion for the first time ever! He was attempting words and sounds he never had before. And it was easy to find which words would be motivating for him because he could tell us!

krm1244 ,

User friendly

I am a parent of a nonverbal child. We have tried different APPs and this one is by far the easiest to use and model. I love the babble function and the search function. We purchased a voice that suits our son. We purchased a key guard as well to separate the buttons for our son with cerebral palsy.

App Privacy

The developer, Speak for Yourself LLC, 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

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