05-17-2011 06:38 PM
I just saw a news release for a NC App called TapToTalk. Its developers say it is the portable, customizable, affordable, socially acceptable communication solution for non-verbal children with autism, apraxia, Down Syndrome, or any other speech disorder. http://www.taptotalk.com/product.aspx?p=nookapp
It is available in the Android Marketplace and in the NC App store for those who are not rooted. http://taptotalk.blogspot.com/2011/04/give-taptota
This looks like it could be very useful to parents of autisic and other non verbal children. I am interested as I have a autistic graddaughter than is not yet speaking.
The app is free but if you want to create personalized pictures with audio there is a significant charge on the PC side.
05-17-2011 06:59 PM - edited 05-17-2011 08:22 PM
That's an interesting app, and I'm glad it's available on the ipod Touch units.
The NC is a nice platform for anything but outputting sound unless you hook it up to an external speaker or headset.
Edit, since I still can: this app does remarkably well at being audible on the NC.
Sound out on the ipod Touch is probably better and I think they cost around the same. But if you already own the nook color, do check this out.
On the one hand, the Touch is easier to lose.
Oon the other hand, it's more portable and has less screen to break. And a more mature ecosystem of otterboxes, etc. for really ruggedizing them.
05-17-2011 07:06 PM
I download the App from the Android Marketplace and the volumn was surprisingly loud and very distingushable, even in the case. I am impressed.
05-17-2011 07:40 PM
That would have been freaking awesome when my son was younger. He has autism and oral and verbal apraxia. The apraxia was quite severe. We actually taught him sign language and he had a picture board he used to use for when he had to communicate with people who didn't sign. He didn't speak in anything resembling a sentence till he was 5. He's 9 now and can speak quite well (he still has quite a few articulation issues we're working on), but this type of thing would have made it whole lot less stressful on all involved, including him.
05-17-2011 07:58 PM
OK, I should have tried it. I am impressed with this. The words are indeed very audible, far more so than on other apps I've tried on the NC. I would like to see how this works on an iphone or itouch, but it is viable on the NC, I agree.
My impression is that what they've done is use sound from the most-audible and least-likely-distorted frequencies in the app, probably emphasizing the band from ~ 500 hz - 4 khz or so.
When music is this loud on my nook, the speaker goes into dramatically audible distortion, but not so with this app.