simPODD is based on the PODD vocabulary. PODD organizes messages around the different reasons we communicate. Messages are formed by following pathways through the system: there are different pathway to express opinions, to complain, to request, to suggest going somewhere, to ask questions, to tell stories, and more. As you follow these pathways, you find the word that is commonly associated with different topics. PODD is efficient by predicting which words we might need for different reasons.
Proloquo2Go comes with Crescendo, a core word vocabulary. Core word systems allow you to combine different common words to say just about anything. Crescendo supports motor-planning by putting common words in the same location of the screen, the way the letters of a keyboard always have predictable locations. It also uses folders for extra words, so your message can be more specific. The user combines these common, core words with the words in their folders to ask questions, comment, tell stories or jokes, request things, and more. Crescendo has thousands of available words, including more specialized words for use at school and work.
Digital or print?
simPODD includes both digital page sets and an integrated printing interface in the app. This lets you print paper PODD books directly from the app. No extra software is needed to print a simPODD book. These paper books are your companion to the digital simPODD app. They make it easy to ensure your PODD is always available.
Proloquo2Go is an app-only product.
Language and device coverage
simPODD is currently only available on iPad and in English.
Proloquo2Go works on iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPod touch. It is available in English, Spanish, French and Dutch.
So, what’s similar?
Both apps use SymbolStix, a large symbol set from n2y. Both apps include the same high-quality text to speech voices, including genuine children’s voices; all of them for no extra cost. You’ll also have the great Support that AssistiveWare provides for its customers, no matter which app you choose.
Are PODD page sets going to be available in Proloquo2Go?
Which is better for me: Proloquo2Go or simPODD?
There is no easy answer. We can’t recommend which app will work best for you. Research shows that WHICH product you use for AAC is less important than HOW you use it. The best system is one where you have the most support for continued learning.
There is no “best” spoken language; there is only the language that most people speak with you. AAC is the same. The best AAC product is the one that most people on your team will use with your son or daughter to help them learn how it works.
If you aren’t sure which system is best, then talk with your child’s teachers and therapists. Which systems are they most knowledgeable about? Talk with your family and also with any support staff. Choose the system that will have the best support in your school or home. This is probably the system that is already most familiar or most used by your child’s support team.
Every AAC system requires support and teaching. We all learn language best when we are surrounded by other people using the language we want to learn. See our Learn AAC materials to learn how your team can teach your child to use a communication system.
Do the apps have advantages for different people?
We always recommend to set up Proloquo2Go with as many buttons on a screen as the user can see and touch. Proloquo2Go does offer smaller grid sizes for users with fine-motor or vision challenges who need their symbols to be big and easy to touch. However, if there are people in your environment that can help you with simPODD, the structure of PODD might help your son or daughter say more than they can say with a small grid size in Proloquo2Go.
Proloquo2Go will help people who want a large vocabulary of single words. The power of Proloquo2Go is in the freedom to combine and recombine all those words to say anything.
Both Proloquo2Go and simPODD can be used to comment and request, complain and criticize, question and respond, and greet and share. Both systems can help your child express the thoughts you don’t yet know they are thinking.
Knowing more about the apps can also help. If you have any specific question about functionality, contact the AssistiveWare Support team.
Does AssistiveWare own PODD now?
No, Gayle Porter owns PODD. We are simply licensing PODD for use in this app. If you own a different PODD app, you won’t have to switch to simPODD. We invite you to trial our new simPODD! You won’t find a simpler PODD solution.