Autism AAC iPad App: TapToTalk Review

App: TapToTalkautism ipad app

Developer: Assistyx LLC

Platform: iPad, iPhone, Android, Android & More (English)

Price: No Longer Available – Out of Business 1/2016

Category: Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps


Free Basic Autism AAC iPad App

The basic TapToTalk player, while less comprehensive than some other programs, should serve as an effective AAC service for most children with autism – and it’s FREE.

If the starter album provided does not cover your child’s needs, just visit TapToTalk’s website for information on how to upgrade to their TapToTalk Designer for a fee of $99.95 (one year) or $179.95 (forever) to create and customize albums.


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Tons of Items, Branching Interface

TapToTalk has a wide range of included categories, such as: Go, Play, Hungry, Drink, Emotion, and Bathroom.

The Go category has a sub-menu of Home, School, Playground, Shopping, Movie, Restaurant, and Beach.

The Play category has a sub-menu of Ball, Bblocks, DVD, Puzzle, Nintendo, and mp3.

The rest of the main categories have sub-menus like these, and some items in sub-menus have even more menus.

For example, “Hurt” is under the main category of Emotions.  Under “Hurt” this app displays Hit, Fell, Scratched, and Sick.  These choices help your child tell you exactly what you need to know, making it an effective autism AAC iPad app.

If your child needs practice using a touchscreen, consider having them practice with an app for touch – Touch Trainer, reviewed here on Autism Plugged In.


Want to Get This App?

Download from iTunes:   Download TapToTalk™    or    Download Android App


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  5. regis on June 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm


    I’m new to the ipad apps for autistic children (just bought one for my daughter today).

    About TapToTalk, I downloaded the app for free but I just get a demo version and if I try to customize (album, language…) it sends me to the TapToTalk website where I should buy the TapToTalk Designer for 179$ to customize or add content :(

    So do I miss something or this isn’t really a free/under 30$ app ?


    • Jack Kieffer on June 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      TapToTalk provides a pretty comprehensive album of free stuff, but yes, if you would like more than what they offer, they charge you a lot of money for it. So, it’s free, but it doesn’t suit the needs of all children on the spectrum.

      • Paz on August 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        Thank you for the info about this app.

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