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    Speak for Yourself: Review

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    Product/Program /Strategy: Speak for Yourself
    By: Speak of Yourself LLC
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    Speak for Yourself is designed to meet most of the communications needs of those who have difficulty speaking or are unable to speak. 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.

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    Speak for Yourself was 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 over 13,000 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.

    Price: $199.99
    Where to buy: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spea...482508198?mt=8
    Readings and Research: Bridging Apps says:http://http://bridgingapps.org/app/?id=482508198
    Here is a heartwarming article about a mom who raises awareness for the voiceless using Speak for Yourself: New Jersey Mom Raises Awareness for the Voiceless; Speak for Yourself App Helps the Voiceless, the Autistic, and Even Mom on a Mission, Communicate
    Check out Speak for Yourself's Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SpeakForYourselfAAC
    One more review from App Advice for the Special Needs Community: AppAbled: Speak for Yourself By Speak for Yourself LLC


    Here is a an overview video for first time users:


    Here's how Speak for Yourself works:
    Last edited by Colleen; 03-14-2014 at 10:58 AM.
    Speech-Language Pathologist and Co-Founder of AllSpecialEd.com

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    Speak For Yourself! Review

    App Name: Speak For Yourself!
    Population I used the App with: 2 year-old

    Pros Cons
    User Friendly: ☒ Difficult to Navigate: ☐
    Customizable: ☒ Lack of Customization: ☐
    Tracks and Emails Data: ☒ Narrow Data Collection Ability: ☐
    High Quality Graphics: ☒ Poor Quality Graphics: ☐
    Priced Right: ☒
    $199.99
    Overpriced: ☐
    Varied Setting Options: ☒ Few Setting Options: ☐
    Addresses Core Standards: ☒ Doesn’t Address Core Standards: ☐
    I would recommend to others: ☒ I wouldn’t recommend to others: ☐
    The Take Away: (overall impressions and experience)

    The Speak for Yourself! (SFY) app was designed by two speech language pathologists specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with an evidence-based foundation. It can be used by both verbal and nonverbal individuals who struggle to express themselves.

    The app uses a word-based vocabulary of the most frequently used words in communication and works on developing language automaticity. Individuals learn how to use this app with similar principles they would use if learning how to play an instrument or typing on a keyboard. When downloaded the app offers a main screen of 119 of the most commonly used “CORE” words from which you are then able to access up to 5,000 “FRINGE” vocabulary words. The entire app is customizable and allows an individual to begin with using one word or they have the ability to access over 13,000 words. The app comes with a library of pictures or you can add your own. This app is unique in that an individual uses no more than two touches to say any given word. Unlike other types of apps or communication devices, this application allows the user to navigate pages fast and provides consistent access to language, because once a word is programmed into a particular page, it cannot be duplicated. This app is powered by CereProc’s speech systems which allows the user to customize voices to their personality. This app features Smarty Symbols.
    There are many features that SFY offers that make it unique from other AAC apps on the market. These features include:

    Open and close- This feature allows the educator, therapist and/or parent to "close" (hide) button(s) as the user learns how to navigate the app. In order to add vocabulary you then "open" the button(s). By using this feature all buttons remain in only one place providing consistent motor planning, because the user learns the location of that one spot.

    Babble- This feature allows users to explore vocabulary by opening every word in the application by touching one button. It simulates how a baby would practice speaking or “babbling” by exploring his/her mouth’s motor movements, and hearing those sounds they produced. By allowing the user the capability to use this feature they are able to explore all words available in Speak for Yourself with alternative motor movements (e.g. using their hand). Turning the babble “off” will return the user to their customized settings.

    Lock edit - This feature locks the ability for the app to be edited. Simply touch the lock button at the top right of the screen (looks like a padlock) to turn the feature “on”. Once the lock features is on the user only has access to the search and hold your thought buttons. Turn it “off” through the iPad's settings menu.

    Edit and Add Words- This feature allows you to view which buttons are available. First touch the “edit” button on the top left hand corner of the screen. Next, touch the gray button where you would like to add your new word and a popup will appear. You can now take a photo or add a symbol from the app’s library or one from the iPad's camera roll.

    No duplication - If you are trying to add a word that is already in the application, a window will pop up, alerting you that it is a “duplicate word.” It will then tell you the home screen word you can touch to find it, as well as allow you to use the Search Feature to find the word.

    SearchDescribed as a “game changer” on the company’s website, this feature allows educators, therapists, and/or parents to capture teachable moments and find vocabulary quickly. IF you are looking for a word first touch the search symbol in the upper left hand corner next to the edit button (looks like a magnifying glass). Next type in the word you are looking for. A purple box will appear around a word on the main screen and will begin to blink, as well as on the secondary screen to show you how to say the word. Even if you have vocabulary closed this feature will open the buttons you need to say the word after you search for it.

    History – This feature is used to track a user’s language and progress. When it is turned on, this feature records what is said using SFY. The “History Summary” screen calculates Mean Length of Utterance (MLU); keeps an utterance count; tracks the number of unique words used and their frequency; and communication rate (words per minute). The data can be e-mailed and/or reset. This feature can be found under the settings button. To use it swipe “on.”

    Hold That Thought – This feature allows the user to save a thought if they are in the middle of writing something, and they do not want to start again. Once the user has typed out their word, phrase or sentence, they simply touch the button that looks like a thought bubble. This will instantly save their thought. To access it again they touch the “Hold That Thought” button and select it from the list. This feature also allows users to store commonly used phrases easily so that they can access them faster.

    Things I Like:

    • This app is capable of storing an enormous amount of vocabulary. It comes with 5,000 words with a capacity for 14,000.
    • Each vocabulary word has a designated button, and the app will not allow duplicate words.
    • If you attempt to add a word that is already present in the library, the app will prompt you to where that vocabulary word is located.
    • The app offers the user the ability to learn through motor planning.
    • A key guard can be purchased to help individuals who have motor and planning difficulties.
    • Tutorials and support can be found on the company’s website.
    • There are versions for both the iPad and Android products.
    Wish List:

    • This app could be visually overwhelming for some users.
    • Would like to have the option of adding an additional level. You can currently find all vocabulary with no more than two touches; however, for some items it would be nice to have a third level. For example one of my students likes music and all of her songs takes up the entire Hear page. We are not looking for alternative places to put all of her songs and it would be nice to just put them in the same spot instead of having to either erase songs or put them in different pages.
    • Multiple user feature is only currently available for the Android version.
    • Some buttons cannot be deleted.
    My Questions For You? How do you think this app compares to other AAC apps? LAMP in particular. Do you think that the two touch feature is limiting?
    Disclosure: Speak For Yourself LLC provided me with a free copy of this app to review. I was not compensated in any way for my write up.

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    Last edited by Colleen; 03-14-2014 at 10:55 AM.

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