App: Speak It! Text To Speech
Developer: John Stefanopoulos
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Languages: (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
Category: AAC Apps
Speak It! Provides Simple Text to Speech
Some kids affected by autism know what they want to say, but just can’t seem to find the words. That’s where the Speak It! Text to Speech application comes in.
The app is very easy to use – just launch the program, and up comes a text box and a list of voice choices. Now, choose a voice, and then type the text into the box above the voice selection. When you’re ready to say something, i.e., speak what you typed, press Speak It!
The developer has provided four voices with the application by default (American Male, American Female, British Male, British Female), but more than 75 are available at the developer’s online store, which you can easily purchase through the app.
Text to Speech Volume is Vital
There are numerous settings on the Speak It! App. The only feature that I feel is helpful for kids with autism, is the Volume. If your iPhone or iPad is not loud enough for your child to hear, just crank it up a notch or two.
Keep the Voice Speed at the default setting. If you change it at all, do it in small increments, otherwise the voices won’t sound very realistic.
Lastly, you can also change the text font size within the settings if your child thinks that the default font size is too small to read.
Speak It! also allows you to copy and paste items such as emails, documents, or web pages into the text area. Once pasted in the app, Speak It! will read the text back to the user.
Further Reading: Autism AAC iPad App: Tap To Talk