7 years ago, Woty Regan
Amazing app for many, other options have advantages for some users
Speak for Yourself is extremely easy to use, and pretty much impossible to break. It works out of the box without much customization. SFY allows access to a huge number of words without being overwhelming to new users. Much better support for independent exploration of vocabulary than any other app. There is an amazing search feature. Even non-readers can use search, if they are able to guess which letter it might start with. Search teaches you how to find the word. (This is good for users and also makes modeling much easier than on any other robust app.) In addition, editing is really easy. SFY is very easy to learn, and has many more words available than other options. (For instance PRC Unity devices and PRC LAMP are harder to learn and have fewer words.) That said, there are some drawbacks, and Proloquo2Go and Proloquo4text have advantages for some users. Proloquo2go has better support for alternative access. There are numerous ways to select buttons, including select on release and multiple forms of switch access. Proloquo2go also has more options for visual and aural feedback, which can be important for some users. If you are looking for an app to support your own communication, there are other options worth considering seriously. If you are a literate person looking for a primary AAC solution for yourself, Proloquo4text or another typing-based app is likely to be a better option. It may also be a better option for some literate children. Symbols aren't the best for everyone. If you basically think in words and know what you want to say, Proloquo4text and other typing-based apps are likely to be better. If your primary means of communication is typing or speech and you're looking for augmentative cognitive support in some situations, Proloquo2go might be a better solution. If you're looking for support in keeping your communication and remembering options or something like that, making pages and folders can be better than a flattened core approach like SFY. You can't make situation-specific pages or folders in SFY. (Which for language development is a good thing, but if you want AAC for a different reason, it can be a bad thing. ) Also, p2g uses a symbol set that is less childish and more effective for cognitive support. That said, some people find that the motor planning arrangement in SFY is really effective at helping them hold on to language. So your mileage may vary. Short version: Speak for Yourself is amazing and probably the best option for supporting language development for most users. For adults and older children who have language development already and need AAC to overcome physical barriers to speech, a typing-based approach like Proloquo4text might be better. For people who have good speech or good typing but need secondary augmentative support for cognitive reasons in some situations, Proloquo2go is likely to be better. For people with very severe motor impairments for need alternative access, Proloquo2go may also be better. But for most people who are learning to communicate, Speak for Yourself is likely to be best.