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by Doug Goldberg

Verbally Premium by Intuary is one of the best Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) apps on the market for older kids and adults. Its simple interface and design make it simple and easy to use and will have you holding a full conversation within a matter of minutes. According to the Verbally app page on iTunes, “Verbally brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with its simple, intuitive design. Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you.” There are two versions of Verbally including the basic version which is free and the premium version which costs $99.99. Start out by downloading the free version to test Verbally BUT you will quickly find yourself upgrading to the Premium version. The Premium version is the one I am reviewing here.

Unlike many other AAC apps that use a combination of pictures and phrases this one does not. If the reliance on heavy graphics is important for you or your child this is probably not the AAC app for you. This is however one of the best AAC apps I have seen for adults and older children who want to hold elaborate conversations.

The App includes a core word grid which includes 50 of the most commonly used words and a full keyboard. The app strives to have you communicate more and type less. Thus, besides the core word grid there is also a core phrase grid and text prediction software. You are allowed to add to the core phrase grid and save your favorites.

The design also lets you customize the set up to meet your needs. There are three different screen layouts and multiple voices to choose from both male and female. It also has a steady hand feature designed to help people with limited fine motor abilities.

My favorite part of Verbally Premium is the text predictor and history tab. The text prediction software seemed to get better the more I used it and very often the word I was typing was predicted in the first couple of key strokes. The history tab catalogued all of the sentences I had used previously and easily let me repeat those sentences by a push of a button. I highly recommend this app for anyone craving the ability to hold full conversations in a quick and easy fashion.

 

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Enable Real Conversation - App Review: Verbally Premium, 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
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