We all know technology plays an important part of our lives but what I didn’t realise until my son was diagnosed with autism ,how much technology would help give him independence. One way technology has helped him is via Augmentative & Alternative Communication or ACC for short.
My son lacks communication skills and finds it very difficult at times to make himself understood. Avaz have developed an ACC app for this reason. To help children that live in the solitary world of autism, communicate and make themselves heard. Avaz is a picture based communication app, that let’s the child/adult communicate as they choose the appropriate picture for their needs.
On the homepage you have 5 options
- Quick - which has a selection of everyday phrases, words, actions
- Core words – are for example I, me , you etc
- Getting started – shows how to use the Avaz App
- Basic - has the basics of words, actions, etc.
- Advanced – have a selection of more complex words
Each screen has the delete, go back , home , quick, mistake, alert which on on the right static side bar.
I like the Avaz app because you can use it so many different ways. For instance you could learn it as part of speech and language as you press a word, you have the option to hear the word being said out loud either from the individual picture or a sentence ( from a collection of pictures) . You have the option in the settings to change the voice to either male or female.
Another use for the Avaz app I found was to use it as I would a picture card but instead of carrying lots of picture cards about. I could refer to the ipad for the Avaz app, that included all the pictures I would need for everyday situations.
You can also use to introduce new words into the child’s vocabulary by showing the pictures of the words so they can then relate and associate the word to the picture.
The Avaz app grows with the child as it helps develop their literacy skills. It also tracks and measures the child’s progress. It is built in with over 5000+ words and it is very easy to personalise new words.
To find out more about the Avaz app please visit http://www.avazapp.com/