As we continue the transition from The Flintstones into The Jetsons age of technology, the process of selecting the perfect AAC app can be exasperating and overwhelming, due to the massive selection in the app store. At the present time, there are over 300 AAC apps in the store, each with subtle differences, but all targeting the augmentation of communication. Our goal as professionals and caregivers is to find the AAC app that is most appropriate for the child and meets their individual needs. Avaz has done what the iPad has done for all learners, modernizing the way children with special needs learn and communicate. As a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist, the most common question that I receive relates to what I feel is the best AAC app on the market to support our nonverbal students. Without hesitation, I quickly refer them to Avaz, as I truly feel that this AAC app is one of a kind.
We know that there are a number of communication apps that let you create multiple communication pages and link them together, but most of them have a steep learning curve and takes a lot of time and training to use effectively. Avaz is extremely user-friendly, allowing the user to create their own custom buttons and communication pages in seconds. The user is in control of how the language is arranged, and with pre-designed communication pages, creating a solid language foundation can be quick and easy. Jane Farrall, an expert in the world of AAC, rates Avaz with 3/3 stars, and the iTunes store has a user-rating of 5 stars, which is a difficult feat to accomplish these days. If you want to simplify your life in the AAC world, give Avaz a try, as I can honestly say that it has made a world of difference in the lives of the students I work with and in my professional life as well.
Chris Wenger, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech & Language Pathologist