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 3.8

- Fixes bugs that caused word and symbol searches to crash on iOS 14.  
- Overall compatibility improvements for iOS 14.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 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!

DreamingWoman2017 ,

Asked for a refund but changed my mind

Help!! My grandson uses this app regularly and I wanted this on my phone as well. We love this app. My grandson is 8 years old, non verbal. He knows sign and uses this app regularly. It is so worth the money. The school purchased this app for him on his device loaned from the school. I just wanted my own for my phone. My daughter says we shouldn’t need 2


Speak for Yourself LLC
1.2 GB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Josh English (U.S.) child voice $24.99
  2. Ella English (U.S.) child voice $24.99
  3. Valeria-English English (U.S.) child voice $24.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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