Everyone wants to use treatments that are proven to be effective. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the current mandate for delivering autism treatments including the use of communication apps and tablet devices. EBP urges clinicians and caretakers to use the most recent, high quality research when making treatment decisions. SPEAKall! has been developed directly in the Purdue AAC and Autism Research Lab and tested intensively in the Purdue Speech-Language Clinic as well as in home and school settings. Research findings have been integrated with clinician and user feedback to develop a high quality product. Please contact us for conference handouts showing the latest research results for a variety of different AAC interventions carried out with SPEAKall!.
Post treatment brain activity as shown in the green is conducive to speech generation and learning.
Clinical assessments show improvement in requesting skills.
Individuals working through the Speakall! program show steady improvement from Phase 1 to Phase 5. Please see instructional materials for SPEAKMODality program details by phase.
SPEAKall! allows an easy transition from exchange-based communication to using a tablet device.
Exchange-based communication approaches (such as the Picture Exchange Communication System - PECS body & Frost, 1994) are a wide-spread, research-based, low technology AAC strategy for individuals with autism or developmental disabilities. SPEAKall! allows users to emulate exchange-based communication on an iPad. Advantages of using iPads as communication devices include speech output, higher portability, better cost-efficiency, ease of programming, motivation and social appeal for the learner (Flores et al., 2011).
SPEAKall! has an interface very similar to picture communication books and can easily be used within the format of exchange-based instruction. Learners that previously started with PECS can make a smooth transition to using an iPad. Check out our instructional videos and support materials to learn how to infuse SPEAKall! into exchange-based communication. Link to Instructional materials
SPEAKall! provides a communication platform that can grow.
SPEAKall! is easy to program and can be used intuitively by parents and family members, who can assist with and continue AAC intervention at the family home. One way to maximize the effectiveness of an iPad-based AAC intervention is to provide children with as many opportunities to practice iPad communication as possible in natural settings. Parents spend a lot of time with their child and can leaner how to use SPEAKall! to increase such opportunities for communication training and speech and language development. Training materials for parents and family members can be found on our “Instructional Materials” page. Link to Instructional materials
SPEAKall! is an autism-friendly app that reduces cognitive load and minimizes sensory difficulties
Abnormalities with sensory processing are a hallmark characteristic of autism and are frequently found in developmental disabilities. Abnormal reactions to visual stimuli and over-reactivity to sound are among the most common difficulties. In addition, many of these individuals experience some degree of intellectual disability. THis has a direct impact on how the learner processes incoming information; when presented with too many stimuli at once, the learner no longer knows what to pay attention to and how to distinguish salient and important information from background stimuli. SPEAKall! takes a “less is more” approach and avoided the presentation of too many “bells and whistles” that distract the learner. Its user interface is plain and simple to keep cognitive load at a minimum.
SPEAK MODalitites recommends working with a licensed therapist to develop a customized program