Children with autism have difficulties in communication, stemming from difficulties with generalization and language acquisition. Avaz, the best AAC app for autism, is unique because it doesn’t just facilitate communication through speech – it encourages children to acquire reusable words and have real conversations.
Avaz has 3 graded, research-based vocabulary sets, with over 2,500 core and peripheral words, organized into intuitive categories. Avaz has a unique system of surrounding words with ‘conversation starters’, so that they can be used in sentences quickly and effortlessly. By building and speaking sentences with Avaz, children can communicate their thoughts, and also learn to generalize the usage of words, accelerating language development.
A child with autism often requires stimulation through multiple senses in order to enhance attention, cognition and participation. This is particularly true with language: the child may relate to a word or phrase better through pictures than through speech. Reinforcement serves to maintain the attention of a child, and keep them focused on language use and development. That’s why Avaz, an effective autism app, features reinforcement through images, animations, word spellings, speech and sentence-building. And because different children have different sensory preferences, each of these reinforcements can be turned on or off selectively.
As a therapist or parent using Avaz to help a child with autism communicate better, you’d rather focus on the conversation instead of programming an app. That’s why we made Avaz up to 80% faster to customize than other AAC apps.
You can add a new word, or change the image for an existing one, in less than 15 seconds! You can also personalize Avaz by taking photographs or choosing from your image library, in addition to choosing from over 15,000 in-built symbols. You can even customize the pronunciation of unusual words and names, so that Avaz sounds just right.
A distraction-free experience for early intervention
Many therapists recommend a gradual introduction to picture communication that helps a child with autism build language and communication skills. For example, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) focuses, sequentially, on helping a child understand cause and effect, discrimination, visual scanning, sentence structure and choice. Avaz dove-tails perfectly into systems like PECS because it allows progressively simplifying the user interface, reducing the number of pictures on screen, and even removing the message box. Avaz is a great complement to a low-tech aid! Children as young as 3 have benefited from early intervention using Avaz, the best AAC app for autism.
At Avaz, we believe in David Yoder’s quote: “No student is too anything to be able to read and write.” Using alphabets and language is a desired goal for literacy. Avaz has features that allow a structured, gradual move towards using text. You can use Avaz to promote sight-reading, by gradually decreasing the size of an image relative to its caption. For early text users, the Avaz keyboard has a novel picture-prediction; a child can see pictures of predicted words after typing just one or two initial letters. The Avaz keyboard also has many features for children already familiar with text, such as saving and loading phrases, powerful word and phrase predictions, and a quick response bar.
Avaz was built with an uncompromising stand on quality. Children love playing with a beautiful app, and Avaz works hard to hold the attention of its young users! Avaz also features world-class images and audio, including the complete library of 15,000+ symbols from Symbolstix, and 5 natural voices from Acapela (including male and female child voices and two choices of accent). We promise you a world-class AAC experience with Avaz – whether you’re a parent, a therapist, or a child using Avaz autism app.
It’s one of the AAC apps that I find particularly easy to use and set up and make work. The way it is laid out and the simplicity of it makes it really good. I think this would be very useful for a lot of people, so check this app out!