Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fat Cat Snappy Chat

Fat Cat Snappy Chat
by Point-and-Read, Inc.
I have no idea how I stumbled upon this app, but I've found it to be quite humorous and age appropriate for some of my students.  Fat Cat Snappy Chat is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that gives users opportunities to communicate common (and sometimes funny) greetings, questions, and responses.  Ideally, this is the type of app that you'd want to use with an iPhone or iPod Touch, but you could also utilize it with an iPad. The messages, for the most part, are how kids actually talk. 
What's happenin'? Get out of here! C'mon, you can tell! Chill out! OMG!  Who cares! Seriously! Like,whatever! Hello?!

You know what I like the most about it?  It's age appropriate. The kids using this app require some basic reading ability, but could learn the buttons pretty quickly even if their skills were too low.  

So here's the gist of it:

  • Fat Cat Snappy Chat features 160 phrases that focus on casual language for kids.
  • Users can quickly "snap" phrases to participate in everyday social communication.
  • The phrases can be sent as text messages (instant messenger), SMS text, and even Tweets.
As a disclaimer, there are a few phrases that might be a little "older" for some kids.  Words like poopy and booger make appearances.  The app features parental controls so that you can adjust it to the user's liking.

Believe it or not, I use this app with a student who happens to be very verbal.  He struggles to code shift with his peers and often talks very formally.  After playing around with this app, I've seen him independently use some of these phrases very appropriately with his peers!  We've used it many times to differentiate how you talk to peers versus adults.  It's been very effective so far!  Hey, for $.99 it's worth a try!  
I'm outta here!  Later.  Gotta run.