March 23, 2010 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Cape Cod, MA - Nine months ago, Grembe Inc. developed iCommunicate, an iPhone app that allows the user to create customized storyboards and visual schedules. In response to feedback from customers, Grembe has created custom audio, which is now available as an iTunes in-app purchase. Now, you can record audio in any language.
Lisa Brandolo Johnson, a physical therapist, and Jeffrey Johnson, a software engineer, combined their skills along with their personal experience to found Grembe Inc. Grembe's mission is to create quality, versatile, affordable apps for parents and professionals. The additional features on iCommunicate stay true to that mission.
Lisa Johnson says, "Everyone's needs are individual and unique. The audio feature can help a child with an expressive language delay, bring a voice to someone who cannot speak, or provide verbal instructions to help someone learn a new task." For example, a parent could record a phrase such as "I want" and the child could point to one of 39 snack choices on the storyboard. This feature allows a child with language difficulties to make his needs known, as well as model the speaker's language.
Melanie Austin, MS, CCC-SLP, director of speech and language services at South Shore Therapies says, "I'm excited to hear about the addition of the audio component on iCommunicate. Adding audio to the already existing visuals of the current iCommunicate application will provide a nice multisensory way to provide schedules, make requests, and create storyboards. Most of our therapists use the iPod touch within our daily treatment sessions in order to access apps like iCommunicate and iReward. These apps are effective and useful for a variety of purposes. Another added bonus is that most children nowadays are extremely motivated by technology regardless of age or disability."
Jeffrey Johnson says, "We bring you the technology, and you customize it to meet your individual needs and goals."
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later
* 8.3 MB
* Be sure you have an iPhone or the 32/64 GB versions of the late 2009 model to record audio. If you have the iPod touch 2G or 8GB late 2009 model you will need to purchase a 3rd party microphone (available from Apple, or Amazon, etc.)
* This app does not convert text to speech automatically, you need to record audio
Pricing and Availability:
iCommunicate 1.2 is available on the iTunes App Store for the price of $4.99 (USD). Custom audio in app purchase is also $4.99 (USD).
We are a husband/wife team with three children that develop apps that help families and professionals live happier lives. We know how much our children love the iPhone, and knew that if we could create apps that both parents and children can love and use on a daily basis, we would create happier families. We strive to bring you quality, versatile, customizable apps at an affordable price. Everyone has individual and unique needs. You may need this app for a child with an expressive language delay, to bring a familiar voice to someone who cannot speak, or to provide verbal instructions to help someone learn a new task, just to name a few. Copyright (C) 2010 Lisa and Jeffrey Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.