Apps for Speech & Language - Apps designed by Speech-Language Pathologists
AAC-Scroll & Speak
  Helpful Hints to Getting Started!   

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If you've already purchased AAC-Scroll & Speak, thank you!  If you are stopping by to check out Scroll & Speak, we are sure once you see the ease of use and flexibility of the app, you will want to purchase one so you or your loved one can get back to learning, instead of learning how to use other complicated AAC apps and devices.  We are sure you are eager to get started with some great, helpful hints from Speech-Pathologists.

Remember, there are thousands of pictures that you can use with AAC Scroll & Speak.  Save money by taking your own photos, or using ones from the internet to suit your needs.  There are many pictures already preloaded in AAC Scroll & Speak, but you know yourself, your child and your student best.  Use ones that fit your needs.  

1.  Use pictures that you have bought with other apps.

2.  Use Google images and Yahoo pictures - There are thousands and thousands of pictures just waiting for you, not your purse and wallet.  

 If you are unsure how to download images from these sources and put on your computer (iTunes) and then transfer to your iPad, don't worry - just click here -Technology - Help! 

3.  Here is the best hint of all.  You can take a picture of anything on your screen . . . yes . . . anything!  Click on Technology - Help! and we'll show you how.

So let's go!

First, create a user.  When the user is selected and they are in the sentence builder area, they will see their own picture.   They tap their picture in order to speak.

Create a folder for the user and put their picture on it.   

Next, take a picture of your user's favorite food, game or activity.

We like to use a phrase such as "I want the ball please."  "May I have a cookie, Mom."  "Let's throw the ball again, please."

**As we get further along, we are going to break those phrases/sentences apart, so that the user is creating entire sentences themselves - Which is a great way to teach literacy also!  Now that's a bonus!

Add this favorite item to the folder that you just created for your user.  At this time, we are only putting one item in. *If your user is already past this stage, go ahead and put in a couple more.  If your user needs to be taught what communication is, we suggest just one item for now. 

 Go to the sentence builder and find the folder at the bottom with the user's face/photo on it.  

Touch the client's picture to unroll the scroll.   


1.  You can touch or drag the "favorite" item from the scroll to the sentence bar if the the user needs to be taught "what communication is."

2.  Or you can start with the picture in the scroll - having the client touch or drag the "favorite" item onto the sentence builder.

Again, consult your Speech Pathologists, or other instructor who knows the user well.  

This is the point where we hold up the "favorite" object in front of the user.  The user must "give us" something (in the manner of communication) to "get something", the "favorite" object.

For the client just learning what true communication is, have the "favorite" item already in the Sentence Builder and use a hand-over-hand approach to help him/her touch their picture to speak it.  

As soon as the item is "spoken", immediately reward the user with the item and give verbal praise - "You did it!  Alright!  That's it!" and then let them eat/play/use the item they were just given.  

Then, hold up the "favorite" item again and say, let's do it again - now repeat the process, until they are doing it on their own.  

Each time, give the user the least amount of help possible.

1.  Hand-over-hand  
2.  Lifting their hand and helping them touch the picture
3.  Lifting their arm.
4.  Physical prompt - just touching their arm.
5.  Verbal prompt - "If you want more cookies / another 
      ball, what do you do?"

*If your user has an idea of what "communication is", start with the scroll already open and their "favorite item" visible.

Have them touch touch or drag the item to the Sentence Builder and then push their icon.

Again, as soon as they have "spoken", give them the object or food item.  

As soon as the user has the object/food, verbally praise them.  While they are playing/eating, clear the picture from the Sentence Builder.  Open up the scroll with their picture on it again (revealing that "favorite" object/food item).  

Once they are done with their "favorite" item, repeat the process until they are "talking" to request on their own.

Again, we give the user the least amount of help possible.

1.  Hand-over-hand  
2.  Lifting their hand and helping them touch the picture
3.  Lifting their arm.
4.  Physical prompt - just touching their arm.
5.  Verbal prompt - "If you want more cookies / another 
      ball, what do you do?"

At this point, we believe that you have caught on to what we are actually doing - If you guessed teaching backwards, you are absolutely correct!

You and your Speech Language Pathologist may choose to use AAC Scroll & Speak in a different manner, and that's great!  You know the one who will be using AAC Scroll & Speak the best.

The helpful hints suggested above is just one of many ways to get started.  Each person is unique, and therefore will have unique needs.

We use AAC Scroll & Speak with users who have Autism (ASD), Apraxia, Cognitive Impairments, Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injuries, etc.  As you can tell, we have a wide range of ages and abilities, so each must be approached in a unique way.  

For step-by-step instructions, please go to the help section on the app which will walk you through every aspect of the app.

Remember, we are always available to answer your questions by email or phone.  We are here to help you!