Reviewed by Cynthia

100159 SpeechTree by IAC Professionals  Review

 SpeechTree is an iPad only app from IAC Professionals, it was created by  Angela Desideri -a certified Speech Language Pathologist and AAC specialist (read our interview with Angela here). SpeechTree is the first & only AAC app that combines a Complete AAC Communication System with an Interactive Learning Program.  The combination benefits both beginning and emerging communicators who require a lot of  practice, encouragement, instruction, and support to develop their communication skills properly.I rarely get the chance to use an expensive app and believe the cost is warranted, but SpeechTree has proved it’s worth. After spending $169.99, most of us will expect a hand-hold and possibly dinner. You won’t get the dinner, but you will get the hand-hold.

mza 3713844279429509093.480x480 75 SpeechTree by IAC Professionals  ReviewSpeechTree has been created cleanly and is very user-friendly. Upon opening the app, you are given a tree with three choices, “Lessons”, “Communicate”, and “Data”, with a small button for settings as well. The first order of business is to visit “Lessons” as this will set the stage for Data and Communication. 21 lessons are available for download, including the most commonly used words for “food”, “clothes”, “shapes”. After choosing the lesson you proceed through three levels which gather data and walk you through the process. 1)”Teaching” -shows what the words and pictures symbolize, and includes text and professional narration. 2) “Receptive” here the student is given choices and prompted to choose the requested item. 3)”Expressive” which is brilliant to me as a parent, because it puts what has been learned to use as communication. Back in the main screen, you can visit “Data” where the lessons results are laid out beautifully, complete with bar graphs, percentages, a place for notes, print option, and email option. Also available on the main screen is the “Communicate” option, where it all comes together. The settings are very user friendly and easy to navigate.

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As a non-professional, I often find myself stumped when presenting a new AAC app to my young son with Autism. I also find myself getting lost in many AAC apps when creating or merely navigating the categories, which isn’t very helpful if I plan on presenting it to my son to utilize. That did not happen in this app, he and I have been able to work gradually and comfortably with SpeechTree. I have only a few recommendations for making this app even better. I would like to see a child’s voice included, I would like to see the app made universal, and I would like to see portions of the app available for purchase at a lesser price.  I spoke to the developer who responded that she already has plans in the works for all of those suggestions and also said, “We have submitted a new app to Apple called “SpeechTree Lessons” which is a free and easy way to try our learning section only. One individual lesson (Animals 1) is free, and other individual lessons are available for purchase for $5.99 each.  The learning section systematically teaches one-word utterances and how to use the message window to communicate.”

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As a whole, the app is well-designed, easy to navigate and customize, and is visually appealing. For someone who needs start-to-finish help learning and implementing AAC, SpeechTree is very highly recommended. If the $169.99 price tag scares you, then sit tight and try out the lessons when they are published in the app store to get a feel for what the app has to offer.

If you would like to know more you can also watch this video of the app in action:

SpeechTree – IAC Professionals INC

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Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen4G
Size: 576.37 MB

$169.99USD

There is also a lite version available:

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Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen
Size: 507.89 MB

$FREE

Please use our App Store button above if you decide to buy this app. It doesn’t cost any extra and a small portion of the cost goes to support the work we do here at The iMums!