TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower

TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower

By Silver Kite

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2011-01-06
  • Current Version: 2.17.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.38 GB
  • Developer: Silver Kite
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later.
Score: 3.5
From 51 Ratings


TouchChat 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. This version of TouchChat is bundled with the WordPower series of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman. WordPower is a word-based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communication. WordPower with Phrases incorporates phrases for easier language generation. TouchChat 2.0 provides both English and Spanish options in one app and provides a universal app supporting iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®. 2.0 includes a new English WordPower 108 file and the first Spanish WordPower option with 48 locations. 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 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. For example, buttons may be programmed to speak a message, navigate to a different page, change the volume or clear the display. Various page sets are included with the TouchChat: VocabPC, MultiChat-15, and Spelling and available in both English and Spanish options, myQuickChat’s are available in English while Sintaxis and Sin Sintaxis files are available in Spanish. Each page set targets individuals with different communication needs. Additional English page sets including Essence, Gateway and Pixon are available as in-app purchases. Text generated with TouchChat pages can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google + or via iMessage and email. Generate a message, push on the text window and choose a service. Text from other applications can be copied to TouchChat so that it can be spoken out loud. Also, text generated in TouchChat can be copied to other applications. The pages, grid layout, buttons, messages, and symbols are fully customizable. Buttons can be easily rearranged by simply dragging them to the desired new location. Buttons can be copied and pasted into a different location. The styling of a button (colors, borders, fonts) can be copied and pasted into another button. Provided page sets can be modified to create new custom page sets. Select from over 30 button actions when creating new buttons. Over 10,000 Symbolstix symbols are included for customizing buttons. Use any image or take a photo with the built-in camera. Gestures can also be used to navigate to new pages, speak messages, etc. Button activation timing can be adjusted to meet the needs and capabilities of the user. Adjustments include button dwell time and button release time. Also buttons can be configured to activate on release. Users can program buttons to play audio files such as music from the media library or video files from the Photo Roll. Great measures have been taken to protect custom files. Vocabulary files can be imported and exported to a computer using the iTunes file sharing feature. TouchChat also enables users to subscribe to iShare and store custom files for safe keeping, or choose to share customized pages with an online community. iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.



  • Great app for AAC communication

    By WeantLifeSkills
    TouchChatHD is the first app I try with my nonverbal or limited verbal special education students. It’s very intuitive and helps reduce frustration by assisting navigation for new users. For example, if a person presses the eat button, it automatically (without extra programming) jumps to the food home page to select the food. It has lots of levels for all types of AAC users. My only complaints would be: 1)The vocabulary layout is not consistent across levels so that if a user is ready to progress to a level with more robust vocabulary and buttons, the layout of main buttons changes drastically, which makes the user relearn basic motor patterns. For example the “home” button may move from the bottom corner to the top corner or the “clear button moves from the lower bottom corner to the opposite top corner. 2) The app saves an image of the logo to the device’s camera roll every day the app is used. This is a minor annoyance, but I have never seen another app do this and it gets old deleting the logo every day.
  • Needs more skin tones, back button issues

    By Nurseman Andy
    We have been using this for about 2 years with our son, who is non verbal. It is way better then the PECS system we were using, because he was constantly chewing those up or throwing them away. I also like how customizable it is, I have been able to build in screen shots for all of his tv shows and episodes using the camera. However, I do think it would be a marvelous thing if this app included a more diverse range of skin tone colors on their representations of faces, body parts, etc. All of the generic forms not specific to a known celebrity are apricot colored. My son has beautiful brown skin. Non verbal children are a diverse group, and I think stick figure renderings don't take up much storage space, and can easily be colored in with more then one shade. I think children tend to feel marginalized when they do not see images that reflect them, and special needs kiddos are already a group at risk for feeling and being marginalized. It is also pretty frustrating that if your kiddo accidentally touches the "back" bar, it repeats every single thing requested since it was last cleared. It can really disrupt and disorient a kiddo with sensory issues. And for my son, who struggles with fine motor, he accidentally bumps it a fair bit. His aim is not always as precise as he would like, but it is getting better all the time... Just not enough to save us from back bar issues. Otherwise we LOVE how this app has improved his quality of life and his ability to tell us what he wants and to feel heard. And despite the monochrome skin tone, there is a decent range of object drawings, etc.
  • Touch chat app

    By Lovely7157
    This app does not work I downloaded it a few times please fix it
  • WordPower is worth every penny

    I was inspired to buy this program after recently attending a seminar given by an ASD researcher who explained the necessity to teach children CORE vocabulary, rather than just FRINGE words (people, places, things). After 2 weeks of use, I can tell you I am so thankful to have TouchChat with WordPower to assist my 9 year old less-verbal autistic boy. He is learning to build complete sentences, making stronger associations between verbal and visual word, and gaining in self confidence when ordering food items from strangers. Although we did experience a volume mute bug, I was able to resolve it by following online guidance to reset the “general settings” of the device. This app gets Five Stars for WordPower 108.
  • help!

    By updatednohelp
    This app was great - the mainstay of my child's communication, until we downloaded the update. Now the words string together in the output window, as if they were not programmed with a space after them - as in the previous version. What happened?!
  • Good. But backing up is really inconvenient.

    By GameBoyJr
    A wonderful app but could be better. We would appreciate the ability to backup and retrieve our files via wifi (like Proloquo2go) or to a no cost server (like TalkTablet). We've found that iShare is cost prohibitive AND the file size limitation makes it impractical.
  • Love it!

    By Blake FL
    My Autistic son who has no speech has been using the app with his school Ipad 2 and now have purchased it for home use!
  • No sound!!

    By NY education
    I have struggled with this app! No sound despite resetting my ipad2 and working through all the settings. I have emailed the developer and not received a reply! This is a waste of money and time!!!
  • Great gone wrong

    By PT/AT
    I was thrilled when I found this app in its original version. I work with many students with a wide variety of disabilities and the ease of use of this app was very appealing. Because it is such an intuitive software, I recommended it to a number of families. I have been very disappointed in the current version. It freezes or crashes frequently and often does not respond to touch. The improvements in vocabulary and editability are promising but I'm having a hard time testing them out. I hope these problems can be worked out, or, can I return to the original version?
  • Hands down the BEST Augmentative and Alternative Communication App on the market!

    By Mother Extraordinaire
    I am the parent of a child with intellectual disabilities and my child has a significant communication impairment. I have closely looked at at every single AAC App on the market. And I have trialed many of the top portable AAC devices and iPad Apps through our local Easter Seals. If you are looking for an App with vocabulary choices that rival the big assistive technology developers and manufactures, costing many thousands of dollars, you have found it here. The renown SLP, Gail Van Tatenhove, created the vocabulary VocabPC, one of the terrific vocabularies found within the TouchChat App. It has an intuitive core vocabulary. And the two vocabulary levels of the WordPower App are brilliant. The two WordPower vocabularies have been created by the renown Nancy Inman, SLP. These highly respected SLPs and AAC experts & designers are the best in the field. Their vocabulary layouts are featured on the high-end devices produced by Saltillo, Prentke Romich, and Dynavox. The critical core vocabularies within these Apps are top-notch. There are other excellent vocabularies as well to meet the various needs of the users. In TouchChat there is also Primary vocabulary for young-minded users and MultiChat 15 for school-aged users. And there is a Spelling vocabulary using the qwerty keyboard with word prediction and some phrases. (The other vocabularies have word prediction in the keyboard button too.) My child has used these vocabularies and they are great. I really love the use of the Symbolstix icons for the vocabulary images They depict symbols with remarkable meaning. They are giving Boardmaker symbols a run for their money. News2you school-based curriculum, now being widely used across the country (and in my child's classroom), has adopted Symbolstix icons for their curriculum. Symbolstix is here to stay. Editing and customizing can be performed directly on the iPad or iPod and is very doable and useful but, I highly recommend purchasing the TouchChat Windows Editor software disc from the Silver Kite website. This editing software mirrors the vocabularies in the App. When on your computer screen it looks exactly the same as the screen on your Apple device. This editing software is a breeze to use. If you have any experience using Microsoft Windows to do any of your home or office computer work (documents or whatever) than you will already know what to do. And everyone I know who has spent time on a computer knows Microsoft. The great advantage with having TouchChat Windows Editor on your home or school computer, changes and editing can be done while your loved one has the iPad or iPod or while it's charging. The use of the computer keyboard makes things quick and smooth. Google Images can be easily loaded, stored photos are easily accessed, and editing and customizing goes fast. And your vocabulary is saved and transferable. One additional note: iShare for TouchChat is a in AAP purchase for $59 for a six-month subscription. iShare stores your vocabularies and pages through a wireless server. You can keep them private or share pages with others or use their shared pages. An iShare subscription is needed to transfer any of the modified or customized vocabulary from the iPad or iPod to the TouchChat Windows Editor. And if you have the WordPower vocabularies with the TouchChat they must be copied out of the Apple device into TouchChat Windows Editor using iShare in order for you to access them for editing using the TouchChat Windows Editor. The Help tab in the pull-down menu of the TouchChat Windows Editor has a step-by-step guide to walk you thru anything and everything. The guide is very easy to read and user friendly and can be printed to use at your side when editing. Silver Kite developer support for questions and concerns is fantastic and quick to respond with concise trouble shooting solutions. It is a small service-oriented company. Having a strong network of support in helping your loved-one use the device and vocabulary is essential for the user's success. Having your speech therapist, school staff, assistive technology consultant, and family involved in evaluating the user and choosing & implementing the vocabulary in the App is essential. Collaborate as much as possible. Plan and create goals to obtain success. Customize the vocabulary with photos of family or friends or pets. Using emotionally meaningful photos to supplement some of the stock images. Add favorite activities or shows using Google Images. Hook the user in by customizing with real photos here and there in the buttons that are highly personal. Add symbols to some core vocabulary words if it helps. Play with the vocabulary as if it were your own voice. Model using the vocabulary in front of your loved-one. It's like using a second language. The benefits are rewarding beyond description when your loved-one begins to string messages. Don't expect miracles. Just put the work in and you will see the payoff. Week after week, month after month, and remarkable progress happens. This App is amazing and can run with the big dogs of AAC. It is well worth the cost.