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Hands-on Video


Assisted Communication, 

Redefined. 

 

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A Real Solution


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Children deserve better, 

It's time for a change. 

 

 

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A Real Solution


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Children deserve better, 

It's time for a change. 

 

 

A Real Solution

 

Aacorn is a re-imagining of what assisted communication for children can be, based on a deep understanding of the challenges non-verbal and developmentally delayed children face, and making the best use of todays advanced technology. 

The result of 3 YEARS spent working with the researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute as well as families, speech practitioners and educators worldwide, aacorn offers an exciting new alternative to traditional software and dedicated devices. 

The first AAC software with an artificial Intelligence that LEARNS and adapts to each user's individual needs. Enabling children of ALL AGES AND ABILITIES  to build and speak clear flowing sentences - at or near the speed of most other children. 


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Easy to Use

Designed for childrens fingers, eyes and brains. Includes actual lessons and help.

Real-Time Speech

A world-first, aacorn is an intelligent AAC solution. It adapts to each childs cognitive ability.

Grows with Your Child

Completely customisable. Add words, change voices, draw, take photos, rearrange.  No limits!

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Faster, Better, Smarter


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LEARNS to predict

what YOUR child

wants to say.

 

 

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Faster, Better, Smarter


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LEARNS to predict

what YOUR child

wants to say.

 

 

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AACORN is the result of THREE YEARS of research into the challenges faced by children when attempting to use todays assistive technology software and devices. Working closely with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and after talking to a lot of parents, educators and speech professionals our research indicated that for far too many children with conditions that make speech difficult, using todays assistive communications technology could very often be a time consuming, frustrating and sometimes discouraging experience for children and their families.

For many many children - especially those who are pre-literate or have more severe cognitive issues - using systems that require hunting and pecking through grids and folders (i.e.: those originally designed for adults) is far from ideal - not just because the words are hard to find for their still developing brains, but because quite often many children don’t even know what they are looking for!

Our response was to create a modern alternative that instead focuses on the cognitive abilities and needs of each individual child as a starting point.

We designed a radically different user interface around visual engagement and the way children interact with the iPad, as well as giving careful thought to shapes and positions to make things accessible for little hands, and included interactive lessons for growing brains.

But perhaps the biggest break-through can be found in the artificial intelligence we've developed that enables aacorn to 'learn' to anticipate your childs needs and to automatically present words as and when they are needed!

This can be seen first-hand in the video to the right and is the first example of such an approach being used to assist children with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, apraxia, childhood MS, developmentally delayed speech and/or language learning issues.

When combined all of the innovative features unique to aacorn result in a very significant improvement in the accuracy and speed with which many children can express themselves. 


Got a Question?

Don't be shy ask us anything. We'd love to hear from you!

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Our Partners


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"Mighty Oaks 

from little Acorns grow" 

- Chauser 1374.

 

 

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Our Partners


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"Mighty Oaks 

from little Acorns grow" 

- Chauser 1374.

 

 

Our Partners

 

Murdoch Childrens Research   Institute

Collaborators on aacorn

 

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) is world renowned for its research into infant, child and adolescent health.  The Institute conducts research into conditions affecting children, such as speech and learning development, allergies, diabetes, and obesity, as well as finding answers to unsolved problems such as cancer and genetic conditions. 

Researchers at the Institute conduct internationally recognised studies to help give doctors and parents the knowledge to improve the health and wellbeing of children, working side-by-side with doctors and nurses from campus partners The Royal Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne's Department of Paediatrics. This provides MCRI researchers with much greater opportunities to work with and observe patients and their families, and gives us the ability to more quickly translate research discoveries into practical treatments for children.

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Professor Sheena Reilly

Associate Director, Clinical and Public Health Research

 

 

Professor Reilly has been a practising speech pathologist for over 30 years, working with children with communication problems and developmental challenges. Her research focuses on children's speech and language development, with a special interest in disorders of fluency, speech and language.

 We are extremely excited to have been involved in the creation and testing of aacorn, an assistive communications platform that has the cognitive ability and developmental needs of each child at the heart of its design.

Typically AAC devices and software have featured a very static interface of tables and folders. aacorn does away with this approach by presenting words as they are needed, via a dynamically changing 'word tree' with branching pathways. This not only makes words easier to find, it  encourages children of all ages and abilities to expand their vocabulary, and enables them to speak both simple and complex sentences with relative ease.

Parents, health and educational professionals should be very excited by the arrival of aacorn as the first of a new wave of 'intelligent' AAC solutions that will help to unlock a child's real potential to communicate. "


 

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Testimonials


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Faster Speech

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COGNITIVE needs. 

 

 

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Faster Speech

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COGNITIVE needs. 

 

 

Parents

 

"Within 24 hours of introducing aacorn our son Chris was thoroughly engaged and making 8-9 word sentences without the hand over hand helping we used to do! Previously despite 2+ years of using his old AAC he might manage 3-4 words! Thank you for creating this wonderful app!"

 

"My first impression of aacorn was very simply WOW! It has been a while since an app developer has pushed the boundaries of function and design and excited me this much about an app that assists children with special needs. This is partly because this is the first time that our son Dominic has ever taken to an AAC app almost immediately and continued to use it and express great joy while doing so." 

 

"I love this App, I've been using it with my daughter and she found it very intuitive. I have most of the AAC apps on my iPad, this is like none other!!"

 

"I downloaded it two hours ago and sat with my four year old daughter making incredible sentences. The word tree is a revelation! You've produced a *really* good product."

 

"My son loves this AMAZING APP! He is able to say things with it that he never could manage to say with a standard folder-based AAC app. It is no exaggeration at all to call AACORN our Christmas Miracle!”

 

SLP's & Educators

 

"An interesting and powerful new app, with a whole new way to support a child with little/no/developing speech. This innovative app really could change the way we introduce, teach and model AAC systems to early communicators."

 

"The more I use aacorn, the more I love it! This WILL change lives!"

 

"Aacorn is such an exciting new concept in Alternative Augmentative Communication. It provides a visual logic that can assist users in expanding their expression while also introducing grammatical concepts. Very, very interesting and has a lot of potential to help children further develop language and literacy skills." 

 

"LOVE the word tree! If I needed an AAC this is the kind of interface I would want!"

 

"Wow! I am very impressed! This concept makes a lot of sense. I particularly like that it lessens the "cognitive load" caused by having to remember folders and navigate to them. I am also impressed with how easy it is to make new words."

 

"A good day: had another kid take to #aac app @aacorn like a fish to water."

 

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