PicWords is a simple Augmentative and Alternative Communication app, also known as a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS/AAC). It was designed ...
PicWords is a simple Augmentative and Alternative Communication app, also known as a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS/AAC). It was designed with two basic ideas in mind. First, the big and easy to touch buttons were developed for people with physical disabilities. It reduces the difficulty of navigating across pages with smaller buttons, or reaching areas on the screen that might be out of a personâ€™s range. Second, the images displayed are completely determined by the user. This way, the person using the app will see familiar, accustomed objects and places, rather than hand drawn or other generic images. Similarly, the audio can be recorded by someone whose voice is easily recognized by the user. The goal of PicWords is to help a person with physical and communicative disabilities convey needs and wants. For example, a category called â€œBreakfastâ€ can have 12 possible items such as eggs, cereal, toast, bacon, etc. The user can swipe through and select what is desired that morning. The app can also be used to alert more pressing needs such as going to the bathroom or requesting medicine. PicWords can be used in a variety of ways. The main action is simple. When the user selects an item along the bottom the image is displayed larger at the top of the screen and the audio for that item is played. The app was designed to be used by the person with the disability, however, parents or caregivers can select items to communicate as well. Images can be created by taking pictures in the app or by using any photo in the iPadâ€™s photo library. Audio is easily recorded with the built in mic. Re-record audio or change pictures at any time with the edit feature. The app comes with a default â€œPhrasesâ€ category that includes the following words as images: Yes, No, Thank You, Please, More, All Done. Get creative and make your own custom images and pictures! The creators of PicWords developed the app for a family member with Cerebral Palsy. The degree of his physical disability made apps with small buttons or complicated interfaces hard to use. Knowing that the iPad had the potential to be an extremely useful communication tool, the creators worked with his parents and caregivers to design a simple yet effective platform. He now immensely enjoys the iPad and successfully communicates with his family and caregivers. Please contact us with comments, questions, requests, or feedback of any kind. We welcome ideas that would make PicWords better for you! Features: - Big, easy to touch buttons - Customizable categories - Create new images with the camera - Use images from your photo library - Record your own voice - Default category with common phrases - Different color backgrounds - Up to 12 items per category - Swipe between groups of items in a category - Easily edit the audio, image, and title of any item - Help page with instructions
Size: 19.09 MB
Price: $ 0.00
Day of release: 0000-00-0