Developer: Steven Troughton-Smith
Platform: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Price: $24.99 Download Grace – Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People
Category: AAC (Picture Exchange Communication – PECS)
Using Pictures to Communicate
Non-verbal people with autism depend greatly on pictures and visuals to help them communicate. Grace is a communication app by Steven Troughton-Smith that uses the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication) system without audio to help autistic individuals communicate.
Grace App is customizable and parents can add pictures of familiar places, people, and things for their children to use.
Picture Exchange Communication Without Audio Encourages Interaction
Grace app essentially takes the place of unwieldy picture boards. By design, Grace intentionally does not include audio in order to encourage the user to not only use pictures but to also practice vocalizing words that the pictures represent.
Grace App is unique because it requires the user to “present” the visual sentence and interact with a listener who will model how the word or sentence is spoken and then will prompt the user’s attempted pronunciation of each word.
The Grace app can be used as a tool for speech therapists, parents, and teachers who want to teach kids to communicate their needs independently.
What’s Included in Grace Categories?
There are eight different categories:
- Sentence Makers
- Shapes & Numbers
- My Body
- Food & Drink
- Things I Like
- Things I Need
Each category is tappable and includes more images.
For example, in the My Body category, you will find pictures of an arm, chest, chin, ear, etc.
The Food & Drink category includes pictures of hamburger, ice cream, noodles, and nuggets.
Grace App: My Body
Grace App: Sentence Makers + Food
The Sentence Makers category includes “I want…”, “Look!”, “Wait”, “I need help”, “NO”, “First”, “Next”, Then”, and “Sore”.
Children can tap the “I want…” then build a sentence with the categories, for example, the Food & Drink category. They first tap “I want…” then Food & Drink then food choices, such as, Juice and Yogurt, communicating “I want juice and yogurt.”
Users can even add their own pictures that are familiar to children they work with. If a child sees a familiar item, food, or places they like, they’ll relate it to the words used to communicate.
To add pictures: Tap the “+” at the top, right.
You can select pictures and insert them into the category displayed. Just make sure you’re in the correct category.
Grace app is one that can be used in therapy and at home to encourage communication through the use of pictures. Don’t worry about being stuck with only pre-loaded pictures, because with Grace app parents can build images customized for their kids! Familiar photos will encourage kids to choose and present their needs to a “listener” who will model and encourage the child’s vocalization of their “want” or “need.”
Grace App should definitely be on your wish list! It gives a whole new spin to Picture Exchange Communication.
Downloadable Guide to Using Grace App
To learn more about how to set up and use Grace app, I highly suggest that you download and read the Guide to Grace App. You can download the developer’s well-illustrated Guide by clicking here: Guide to Grace App
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