About the App

KarlSpeech has been specifically designed for those with speech & communication difficulties. Influenced by Speech Pathologists & Speech Therapists worldwide, KarlSpeech is a multipurpose communication AAC tool that allows people communicate their needs using images and text using an iPod, iPhone or iPad. KarlSpeech has been designed for non verbals to help communication and ultimately improve quality of life.

App Features

Simply take images using your mobile device and associate the relevant text you want spoken for you. That’s it!

In addition you can use the built in library of 20,000 SymbolStix images. Of course, to get the best out of the KarlSpeech App, it is worth spending some time initially to organize your Groups (folders) and Favorite Items. This way you can build up a library of frequently used terms that will be available at a touch.

The KarlSpeech App has been specifically designed to be extremely easy to use. It is also easy to tailor the App contents to suit the user’s individual needs.

Key Features

Build your own library
Categorize single items and groups
Male & Female Gender Voices
KarlSpeech features SymbolStix Integration
Backup Facility using Dropbox or iTunes
Can be used without an internet connection
Our Story

Karl is non verbal and his parents used several Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) apps but didn’t find a solution that suited Karl’s needs. While there are many excellent AAC Apps on the market, Karl wanted something that was very straightforward and he found that lots of App screens were too cluttered and confusing for him.

After trying many options, Karl’s parents decided to embark on trying to get an AAC App developed that would enable their son Karl to communicate more effectively thus the KarlSpeech App is the result of a lot of deliberation, testing, trialling and development. Karl now uses the App every day. The KarlSpeech App is also used by Karl’s parents as they organize Karl’s groups and library of phrases to make it easier for him.

The biggest challenge was to design a Speech App that would be suitable for a variety of users with different levels of intellectual and speech deficits. No AAC App is perfect for everyone’s needs but the KarlSpeech App has been designed for the majority.

As Karl is nonverbal, it’s not so much about “Speech” but “Communications Independence” – and the KarlSpeech App helps provide that independence.

The KarlSpeech App has been researched, tested and trialled with a large number of end users and professional participants. We received the views of more than 130 Communications Experts & Health Professionals worldwide – the collated input of which has become the absolute blueprint for the KarlSpeech AAC App.

FAQs
Q1

What languages does KarlSpeech support?

KarlSpeech currently supports English with Apple vocabulary. KarlSpeech will keep evolving and develop language localization over the next consecutive releases starting with Spanish. Users can choose between male and female voices.

Q2

How can I reorder Groups?

KarlSpeech provides four types of ordering options to sort the groups.

  1. Alphabetically
    1. Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
    2. Tap on Settings button -> Sort Groups.
    3. Choose option “Alphabetically”
  2. Most Recently Used
    1. Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
    2. Tap on Settings button -> Sort Groups.
    3. Choose option “Most Recently Used”
  3. Most Frequently Used
    1. Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
    2. Tap on Settings button -> Sort Groups.
    3. Choose option “Most Used”
  4. ManualIn this Mode, User can swap Groups by dragging.Press and hold on a group until it pulses and then drag it onto the group with which you would like it to swap. The two buttons will now swap while keeping all the other groups in place.To set the Manual mode, Follow below steps:
      • Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
      • Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
      • Choose option “Manual”
Q3

How can I list my favorite vocabulary?

KarlSpeech allows users to favorite/unfavorite the phrase by clicking on the “Star” button. Favorite phrases will then get listed in the favorite tab on the main screen.

Q4

Can I create my own vocabulary set?

Yes. Besides the in-built list of vocabulary, KarlSpeech allows the user to create their own vocabulary set. However, the SymbolStix in-built vocabulary has been researched and keenly crafted for language development. Try using it!

Q5

Can I search the in-built vocabulary set?

Yes. KarlSpeech provides a search option which will bring the results from both the in-built vocabulary and user created vocabulary. Follow the following steps to get the search result:

  • Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
  • Tap on Search button.
  • Write the word and tap the Search button. Search results will be displayed in the list.
Q6

Does KarlSpeech provide an option to backup my vocabularies?

Yes. KarlSpeech allows the user to make a backup of the application by following the steps below:

  • Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
  • Tap on Settings button.
  • Choose option “Backup of Application” > Backup Now

This will make a backup of the application locally. The user can then choose to export the backup of this application to Dropbox or to your computer using iTunes File Sharing.

Q7

What devices does KarlSpeech run on?

KarlSpeech currently runs on all iPads and iPhones that supports iOS 9 & 10. This including iPhone5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro (9.7-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch), iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4.

Note that currently we only support iOS. We may release this for Android in near future, based on the need of users.

Q8

Do I need an internet connection?

Internet connection is not required to use the application. However, it is required to download and purchase the application from the App Store, and is required for backup transfers.

Q9

Can I contact or provide feedback and suggestions?

Yes. User can contact us or provide feedback and suggestions by sending us an email. Follow the steps below to reach us:

  • Tap Plus “+” icon on the main screen.
  • Tap on Settings button > Information.
  • Choose option “Email”
Q10

Do you have plans to develop more communications Apps?

No. We are focused solely on the KarlSpeech App. We will be developing the App in native languages starting with Spanish and then introducing more major languages. We will also take on board user suggestions and feedback and update the App as required.

KarlSpeech

Address
Buttercrane Lane, Dundalk. Co. Louth. Ireland
 
Phone

+353 42 9334412
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM GMT

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