Avaz AAC App: Empowering People Through Communication
Avaz is a picture and text-based AAC (Augmentative and Alternative) app that empowers children and adults with complex communication needs to express themselves and learn. Expressing thoughts, whenever and wherever, increases their confidence in their abilities. From communicating that they are happy to participating and learning in the classroom, Avaz helps with all!
We all use gestures, facial expressions, and several other modes of communication besides our natural speech to convey our thoughts. Similarly, AAC users should be able to use multiple communication modalities to make themselves understood. Having access to a low tech AAC system such as a communication book or picture board can provide the AAC user with a means to communicate at all times.
Avaz AAC app has a ‘Print’ Option with which you can print low tech boards or email them to your phone with just a few button taps. No more endless screenshots. You can get a low tech backup of the vocabulary in no time.
With Avaz Live, remote therapy is not restricted to discussions alone.
1. The SLP/therapist can take over an Avaz user’s device and tweak settings to change pictures per screen or caption size.
2. They can add/remove vocabulary depending on the user’s communication goals.
3. They can demonstrate AAC strategies such as modelling. When the therapist taps an icon in their app, the client can see animation of the same icons in their device. This gives them visual reinforcement.
4. Avaz Live also allows therapists to evaluate how well the client has been using the AAC system and recommend steps for further development.
Customizing Avaz is simple and uncomplicated. You can add multiple words and images at one go (in picture mode). Once you type in all the words to add, the app adds relevant icons with respective images, color code automatically in no time!
Adding images to an AAC app has never been easier. You can search the web for copyright-free images from within the app.
Communication Partner Training
Avaz Dashboard has a training module designed to help caregivers become fluent with the app. It teaches them therapist-recommended strategies for communication, and suggests simple practical ideas that they could use to model words across different activities throughout the day.
Avaz AAC offers much more including 3 different levels of vocabulary that can be personalized for the communicator. It has picture prediction in the keyboard mode and spell check too. Avaz app encourages functional communication – the various purposes for which we all communicate or have an interaction with others, where the user is communicating spontaneously and with purpose.
Avaz Inc. is an assistive tech company that creates world class technology products that
EMPOWER, ENGAGE & EDUCATE people. Our flagship product Avaz AAC has been giving a voice to people with complex communication needs across the globe. For free AAC activities and resources, please visit www.avazapp.com.
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