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Description

TouchChat HD is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech.

TouchChat provides both English and Spanish options in one universal app supporting iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.

TouchChat fits into the category of assistive technology known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and includes features that were previously only available in much more expensive dedicated devices. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing a recorded message. Various English and Spanish synthesized voices are available, allowing the user to choose a voice that fits their own personality.
TouchChat also has a unique feature whereby one can simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or in a noisy environment.
TouchChat gives an individual the ability to navigate through page sets and speak messages. Page sets are linked pages, each of which is divided into a number of buttons. The buttons are programmed to have specific actions, such as speaking a message, navigating to a different page, changing the volume or clearing the display.
Various page sets are included with TouchChat: VocabPC™, MultiChat15, and Spelling are available in both English and Spanish options, myQuickChat©, MyCore, and Communication Journey: Aphasia are available in English while Sintaxis and Sin Sintaxis files are available in Spanish. Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs. Additional page sets, including WordPower™, Gateway© and Pixon™60 are available as in-app purchases.

Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on social media or via iMessage® and email using a wireless connection. Generate a message, push on the text window and choose a service. Additionally, text can be copied to/from TouchChat and other applications so it can be spoken out loud.

The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable. Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location or rearranged by simply dragging them to the desired new location. The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can also be copied and pasted into another button.

Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 45 button actions and nearly 40,000 Symbolstix® symbols* when creating new buttons. You can also choose to use an existing image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Additionally, gestures can be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc.
*Please note: PCS© symbols are not compatible with the TouchChat app.

Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user. Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time. Buttons can also be configured to activate on release.

Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or videos from the camera roll or a YouTube™ link.

Once programming is complete, be sure to protect custom files. Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer through iTunes® file sharing, DropBox™ or Google Drive™. TouchChat also enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safe keeping (not available to customers residing in the European Union).


iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

What’s New

Version 2.29.0

It’s not enough to be up to date, we are always working toward tomorrow.

New in this release:
- PCS symbols have been added to the Upgrade Store as an in-app purchase
- A pause/resume speech button action has been added
- The "play audio" button action has been renamed to "play recorded speech", "record audio" has been renamed to "record speech", and "stop" has been renamed to "stop speech"
- Added split screen capabilities
- Apple voices are now available in the voice listing
- Now easier to add additional languages
- Updated the Almagu TTS engine
- New French WordPower vocabularies available
- Minor bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

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App Privacy

The developer, Prentke Romich Company, has 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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