Customizable Keyboard: Abilipad Is A Great Writing Tool

customizable keyboard ipad app

App: Abilipad

Developer: Cheryl Bregman

Platform: iPad  (English, Spanish, French, German)

Platform: $19.99  Download Abilipad

Category: Writing / AAC App


Write On!

Little authors who are ready to write can use Abilipad to create stories, write letters, create sentences, or practice spelling words.

Abilipad users can create customizable keyboards that include pictures and a text-to-speech option.  These customizable keyboards give you the ability to create audio recordings and to share keyboards with other users.

Why It’s Great For Children With Autism

Parents of autistic children will love this app. The pictures keyboard is a great tool for children on the spectrum who are learning to read, spell, and write.

The innovative app was created by seasoned occupational therapist, Cheryl Bregman, who understands that autistic children learn visually.

This app lets you provide loads of visuals and kids will love it!


Customizable Keyboards

Users can customize keyboard keys by increasing the key size and by using words and pictures. Users can also customize the color scheme.

I created a keyboard for my son and included some of his favorite words. We uploaded pictures from the Abilipad’s library, choosing images that he was familiar with and could easily associate with a particular word.



Children see each key with an associated picture.  So, the next time they see that word or a picture of the word, they will recognize it because of the picture/word association.

Kids will also be encouraged to write as they combine words and build sentences.



This feature is great to use during a special needs child’s class time or therapy time. Children who are working on writing sentences can read the sentence themselves.  Then, they can also have them read to them.

Seeing and hearing words as they are read really helps children to remember the words and their meaning.


Get Organized

You can create word banks, similar words, opposite words, and an endless number of keyboards that will help your child stay organized.

If a child is learning specific phonics and word sounds, such as row, you could create a custom keyboard with similar words like tow, blow, crow, and mow.

Abilipad also allows you to create storyboards by grouping a story together on one keyboard.



Access to a Library Full of Custom Keyboards!

In addition, the developer lets you download different keyboards and pre-made language activities from Abilipad’s library.  This makes it easy for your child to get up and running very quickly!


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With all its great features and visuals, Abilipad helps children read and write.  More importantly, it encourages them to want to continue to learn!


What’s New in Abilipad 3.0?

Abilipad 3.0 includes the following to help you create a customizable keyboard:

  • Export your work privately
  • Easily move keyboards and notepads in and out of folders
  • Rename folders, keyboards, and notepads
  • Automatically save your work
  • Abilipad library is now hosted on the developer’s new website at for easier viewing and downloading of lessons
  • Words are highlighted when spoken
  • Use text-to-speech to speak the letter, word or sentence
  • Adjust the rate of speech
  • Select the color, size and style of the text
  • Select the background color for the notepad
  • Voiceover accessible
  • Add pictures to any size key

Watch Jack’s Video Review of Abilipad



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