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Review: Grace


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The name of this app is Grace – Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People, but obviously everybody knows it as Grace, which is also the name of the beautiful daughter of the author of the application. Yes, Grace is another case of parents of children with autism who decide to design applications that help them communicate with other people, and that has given so good results.

As its complete name suggests, Grace is a clear example of an app for supporting PECS or Picture Exchange Communication System, in which the user has tens or hundreds of pictures grouped into categories and choose one or some among them to communicate and construct simple sentences. It is therefore an alternative to photo books and boards with velcro.

Two things I would like to emphasize about Grace. First, it is specially designed as an ASD-friendly app, with great simplicity of use. Second, that as part of the celebration of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd), the application can be downloaded for free temporarily, something much appreciated.

Direct and clean design

The first feeling that gave me Grace is that is has a straightforward design, without any distracting elements. The app starts on the screen of categories, where you can see 8 of them: Sentence Makers, Colors, Shapes & Numbers, My Body, Food & Drink, Things I Like, Things I Need, and Places.

Each of these categories includes between 9 and 23 illustrations preloaded, reaching the total to 121. The Sentence Makers category includes symbols such as “I need help” or “wait”.

By touching a category, it opens and displays the pictures contained in rows of five, which allows to see them quite well in the case of the iPad. The app, which is the same for the iPhone / iPod touch, allows in this later case to touch each image and expand its size in order to see it better, something that is not necessary with the larger screen of the iPad.

Communication

To communicate, the user must select one or more images, which will be placed in the bottom row of the screen, as shown in the picture below. To remove an image from that row, the user has to touch it twice.

This way, you can select a single picture or more, being able to build simple sentences, like the one showed below.

More images

As expected, there is the option to add more images, which may come from the library of photos of the device or taken with the camera if the device has one (as the new iPad 2). To do this, you simply press the “+” button. The picture selected or taken will be added to the category you’re viewing. You can also edit that category, deleting images or changing the existing order, something that allows to put the more used images in the first rows.

Finally, it is possible to add images into a unique “free” category. The last picture added acts as the category cover.

Version 2.0

Grace 2.0 has just been released. After nearly a year, it has made some improvements, such as the ability to sort images within a category, and more preloaded pictures. However, Grace maintains its simplicity. It cannot record or play audio clips, write a text for each image or create many new categories. In return, it works with a sense of flow and presents a simple and intuitive interface, well designed for a user with ASD.

For those who do not speak English, you simply will have to add some pictures with messages like “I want” in your respective language, but as it is usual in a PECS app, the language is not a barrier.

-Francesc

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Grace – Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People 2.0

Web: http://graceappforautismoniphone.blogspot.com

Developer: Steven Troughton-Smith

Languages: English

Functions: PECS

iPhone/iPod touch version: Yes.

iPad version: Yes.

Price: $37.99 / €29.99 € . (But it’s free for some days).

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Comments

Lisa Dom
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What a wonderful review! You really get what the app is about and have written so beautifully about it. Thank you so much xx ps. Hope you have a wonderful world autism day xxooxx

Francesc Sistach
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Thanks Lisa! And congratulations for your initiative.

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