Speak for Yourself

Speak for Yourself

By Speak for Yourself LLC

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2011-12-21
  • Current Version: 2.9.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 980.16 MB
  • Developer: Speak for Yourself LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 38 Ratings

Description

Speak for Yourself is an application 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 almost 14,000 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. With the release of version 2.3, users can choose to include voice options from Acapela Text-To-Speech from Acapela Group through in-app purchasing. 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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Reviews

  • Really works!

    5
    By Liz3033
    I bought this for my son who was 3 at the time. I had heard that these kinds of apps and augmentive tools would help increase his speech. I didn’t really believe it and bought the app for the whole reason of him being able to “say” what was in his head. Within months he had a language explosion for the first time ever! He was attempting words and sounds he never had before. And it was easy to find which words would be motivating for him because he could tell us!
  • Life changer

    5
    By Jonahmcd
    This app changed our family's life. Love it!
  • Fantastic AAC app

    5
    By Themamasblessings
    This is a great aac app. The motor planning itself is worth it. Thank you'
  • The best AC app I've found

    5
    By Jminne1
    The simple usage paradigm of 2 touches to each word works for my girl.
  • Finally, a system that is user friendly and grows with the child

    5
    By Jessie'sMom
    The first 5 months: Within the first week, she was able to tell us a complete thought. She commented on a movie and was excited that she could find the words! Our daughter had a Dynavox for about 10 years. She used it less and less over time. Therapists thought that she just didn't have much to say. What they didn't realize is that the multi layers to access the words made using the device too complicated and slow. What we love about SFY is that it isn't pre-programmed speech (even though you can do that), but due to the babble feature, she can find the word she wants to use. She likes to emphasize with words like "exceptional" or "annoying". She found these words on her own and added them to her vocabulary. What makes this most remarkable is that she didn't get this device till she was 21. We are seeing a transformation in her. She is no longer isolated and forced to have one way conversations. As a parent, to hear "Mom, I love you" was pretty awesome. Finally, someone thought outside of the box and created something that user friendly, actually grows with a person and is affordable. Jess is now 25 she has not stopped talking!
  • Sfy

    5
    By Sfreyre
    Our son has apraxia and this app has been a life changing device for us. He is able to learn and remember where the words are because of the thoughtful design of this program. He can communicate needs, feelings, and comment on his surroundings. We are forever thankful we bought this app.
  • Love it!

    5
    By athurman
    From the easy search functionality to the robust vocabulary to the incredible app support from SFY leadership, we LOVE this app!
  • Amazing app for many, other options have advantages for some users

    5
    By Woty Regan
    Speak for Yourself is extremely easy to use, and pretty much impossible to break. It works out of the box without much customization. SFY allows access to a huge number of words without being overwhelming to new users. Much better support for independent exploration of vocabulary than any other app. There is an amazing search feature. Even non-readers can use search, if they are able to guess which letter it might start with. Search teaches you how to find the word. (This is good for users and also makes modeling much easier than on any other robust app.) In addition, editing is really easy. SFY is very easy to learn, and has many more words available than other options. (For instance PRC Unity devices and PRC LAMP are harder to learn and have fewer words.) That said, there are some drawbacks, and Proloquo2Go and Proloquo4text have advantages for some users. Proloquo2go has better support for alternative access. There are numerous ways to select buttons, including select on release and multiple forms of switch access. Proloquo2go also has more options for visual and aural feedback, which can be important for some users. If you are looking for an app to support your own communication, there are other options worth considering seriously. If you are a literate person looking for a primary AAC solution for yourself, Proloquo4text or another typing-based app is likely to be a better option. It may also be a better option for some literate children. Symbols aren't the best for everyone. If you basically think in words and know what you want to say, Proloquo4text and other typing-based apps are likely to be better. If your primary means of communication is typing or speech and you're looking for augmentative cognitive support in some situations, Proloquo2go might be a better solution. If you're looking for support in keeping your communication and remembering options or something like that, making pages and folders can be better than a flattened core approach like SFY. You can't make situation-specific pages or folders in SFY. (Which for language development is a good thing, but if you want AAC for a different reason, it can be a bad thing. ) Also, p2g uses a symbol set that is less childish and more effective for cognitive support. That said, some people find that the motor planning arrangement in SFY is really effective at helping them hold on to language. So your mileage may vary. Short version: Speak for Yourself is amazing and probably the best option for supporting language development for most users. For adults and older children who have language development already and need AAC to overcome physical barriers to speech, a typing-based approach like Proloquo4text might be better. For people who have good speech or good typing but need secondary augmentative support for cognitive reasons in some situations, Proloquo2go is likely to be better. For people with very severe motor impairments for need alternative access, Proloquo2go may also be better. But for most people who are learning to communicate, Speak for Yourself is likely to be best.
  • Easy word finding, flexible for many communicators!

    5
    By specialappssk
    Updated to add ~the updates keep coming and have enhanced the functionality of this app even more. This app still remains my number 1 choice when recommending an AAC app as it meets the needs of the most users. ~I have many AAC apps and this is the one we have used with my own son when he is unable to speak (he has autism and shuts down verbally when anxious). This is the most versatile app I have found for communication- it is very flexible and can just as easily be used with a beginning communicator by closing out words until the user is ready to reveal them- so there is no relearning a new layout as with many other AAC apps, which have the user move to a new page layout with a larger number of image choices. It is very easy to find the right words to say with this app- two taps to find any word. It has a unique visual guide that displays where each button is located, and there is a "search" feature, which is very handy for any support staff working with a communicator who may not know where buttons are located- this makes it much easier to demonstrate the location of a new word to a user.
  • Ugh!

    1
    By Chattitychatchat
    I don't get it. Too many buttons. They don't make sense (e.g., "little"/mouse picture goes to page with about a hundred flowers???? What is that about?!!!!!). No word prediction in keyboard mode. Ugh!!! Give me my money back!

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