Speech Assistant AAC 4+

AAC App for TTS Communication

Ton Schalke

Designed for iPad

    • $23.99


Speech Assistant AAC is a text-to-speech app designed for people who are speech impaired, for example due to Aphasia, MND/ALS, Autism, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy or other speech problems.

With the app you can create categories and phrases, which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken (text-to-speech). It is also possible to type any text using the keyboard.

Key features
• Easy to use and completely customizable to your needs and preferences.
• Categories and subcategories to organize your phrases.
• History option for quick access to previously typed phrases.
• Option to select photos from your Photo Library or Symbols on the buttons.
• Option for voice recordings or select one of the iOS text-to-speech voices.
• Support for Apple's Personal Voice.
• Full screen button to show your message with a large font.
• Autocomplete feature that shows phrase suggestions in a drop-down list.
• Tabs for multiple conversations (optional setting).
• Designed for iPhone/iPad and both support portrait and landscape layout.
• Support for the Apple watch.
• Backup to iCloud, Mail or AirDrop.

Phone calls
• The app can also be used while making Phone and FaceTime calls (with iOS 13).
• So you don't need a second device anymore for the speech output.

Categories and phrases
• Add, change or delete your own (sub)categories and phrases.
• You can create an unlimited number of categories to organize your phrases for quick access.
• Create user profiles with their own categories, phrases and settings for multi-language support or different individuals.
• Long press (optional setting) to easily edit the phrase and category buttons.
• With Backup to iCloud or AirDrop you can transfer your categories and phrases to another iPhone/iPad.

Fully Customizable
• The size of the buttons, the textbox and the text can be adjusted.
• The app has various color schemes and you can also create a personal color scheme.
• Change the order of the buttons in the settings with drag and drop.

Full screen
• Show your message full screen with a very large font.
• Useful for communicating in a noisy environment.
• You can rotate the text to show your message to the person opposite of you.

• The rate and pitch of the speech can be adjusted.
• Option to speak each Word or Character directly while typing.
• Optional highlighting of the spoken words.
• Pause and resume speaking by tapping the speak button (optional setting).
• Option to record speech on to a button and to import voice recordings into the app.

Apple Watch
• The Watch app can especially be useful for communicating short messages.
• On the go, you don't have to pick up your phone and can quicky communicate with the app on your wrist.

Other features
• Button to share your message to mail, text and social media.
• Connect a bluetooth keyboard and create shortcuts for actions.
• A custom keyboard can be enabled in the settings with customizable size, color and layout.
• Option for preventing double tapping by disabling the button for a short time after touching.
• Abbreviations expansion to reduce keystrokes.
• Attention sound button on Main and Full screen.
• Option to select symbols from the set of 3400 Mulberry Symbols (mulberrysymbols.org).

About the app
• This app is developed by ASoft.
• The app does not collect any data, so all your conversations stay private.
• One-time payment, there is no subscription fee.
• The app has won an innovation award: The Vodafone Mobiles For Good Challenge.
• The app does not require an internet connection.
• For feedback or questions, please contact: speechassistant@asoft.nl.
• On www.asoft.nl you can find more information such as a user manual.

• The app uses the built-in iOS text-to-speech voices.
• There are many voices in 40 languages available. There are for example 12 English US, 6 English UK and 4 Australian voices available.

What’s New

Version 5.5.5

Minor improvements and fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

sandimacd ,

Been using for 3 months now

I have vocal cord and airway spasms along with asthma and COPD. Conversation is very tedious for me when I go to medical apts. everyone wants the same thing, name, DOB, insurance number, permission to talk to my husband, etc. This app is a game changer. Not only does it really to all questions but when I use it, the chatty people no longer expect me to converse with them.

It great for robo calls as well. Using this app to answer "hello" means if it's an AI voice, they think I'm an answering machine so they hang up. And if it's a person I want to talk to, I can.

I can't praise this app enough. What a relief to be able to communicate again.

cowscanfly ,

ALS speech disabled

Love the app. I am non verbal so this app has become my voice. Love that I can save so many phrases and it is easy to learn. Do wish the setting to use only the iPhone/iPad speaker was easier to turn on. I need to go into settings, “speech, recordings and sounds” and scroll down to “always use built in speakers” to change every time I want to use to answer the phone and then back thru settings to set back to hear thru a speaker. Takes too long to keep changing. Should be one button on the main screen to do this.

I also wish the auto correct was better. I seem to make many more errors on this app than I do on text, email or word documents. The app “guesses” are wildly wrong and often times non sensical. Like if I use the app at the drug store to get Percocet, the app corrects to “petticoat.” Also, it mispronounces certain words like invalid - meaning disabled - not in val id - meaning not valid. (Which ironically is how I often feel as a disabled person!)

Developer Response ,

Hi, thanks for the review and feedback! For making a phone call with the app, it is not necessary to change the 'always use built-in speakers' setting, the speecg output is mixed into the phone call. And the app uses the spelling suggestions from the iOS onscreen keyboard, so these should be the same when using the app as when texting or emailing. For more information about phone calls or how to 'train' the keyboard not to correct certain words, please contact speechassistant@asoft.nl

Aprilchooselove ,

So Grateful for this Miraculous App!

Thank you so much for creating Speech Assistant! Finding this app--that wonderously works across my iPhone, iPad, and Mac--changed my life when I lost my voice box. This affordable and dynamic tool enabled me to be heard in the various languages I speak. I'm sure it can do much more than I have used in these two years. It is far better than any other app I could find, including those recommended by the speech therapy community.
My only critique is not being able to access the full functionality. It seems to record sessions but I can't make it work. (As a writer and educator this feature could be invaluable; I still teach online.) And this latest update seems to have disabled my ability to use the return key to send/speak. Would love to find support on this...

App Privacy

The developer, Ton Schalke, 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.

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  • Family Sharing

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

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