Naming TherAppy – 10 Uses & Giveaway
I've been writing about apps for adult speech-language therapy weekly for more than 6 months now without mentioning my favorites - the ones I've developed. Please excuse my inherent bias and allow me to offer 10 ideas on how I use Naming TherAppy, my favorite app designed specifically for adults by Tactus Therapy Solutions. You can try this universal iOS app for free by downloading Language TherAppy Lite, purchase it on its own for $25, or get it as part of the Language TherAppy suite for $60.
1) Screening: The Naming Test mode in Naming TherAppy is a non-standardized set presentation of 30 words in order of decreasing frequency. It works well during a quick communication screening of patients in acute care or to see if someone's naming ability exceeds the level of the app.
2) Cued Naming: The Naming Practice mode has over 400 words presented with a 6-step evidence-based cueing hierarchy. The client can press each cue as it is needed, working from left to right, and the SLP can use the scoring buttons to record which cues were used. I love how empowered my patients feel giving themselves the cues on their own time, learning which cues help them most, and judging their own accuracy.
3) Circumlocution: Use the Describe mode to discuss the characteristics of each object using the evidence-based Semantic Feature Analysis approach as a word-finding strategy and semantic exercise. Each picture is surrounded by 4-6 questions about the meaning. There are now also 4 phonological prompts available to incorporate the evidence-based Phonological Components Analysis technique.
4) Apraxia Therapy: The latest update to Naming TherAppy adds a syllable control setting, so now you can limit the words in the app to just 1 or 2 syllables, or make it more challenging by selecting only 4 & 5 syllable words. This syllable setting works in Practice, Describe, and Flashcards and is applied to all custom entries as well.
5) Customized Targets: Add the people, places, objects, and pets each client cares about. This app lets you add your own targets to Practice, Describe, and Flashcards with your own photos, cues, and questions.
6) Written Naming: Using Flashcards or Practice, ask the client to write the name of the object they see. If using Practice, you can give a hint by pressing the third cue, revealing the first letter and number of letters.
7) Responsive Naming, Phrase Completion, & Repetition: With the screen turned away, press the first cue in Practice to play a definition to see if the client can guess the word when working on responsive naming or deductions. Press the fourth cue to hear a phrase missing the last word for phrase completion goals, with or without the client seeing the picture. If you're at the repetition level, use the final cue or the Flashcards to have the client repeat the name without a visual model to work on the auditory input to oral output pathway in the brain.
8) Response Elaboration Therapy: Select only the Verb pictures in Flashcards for rich action pictures that you can use for RET. Ask "what do you see?" and use this evidence-based therapy technique to shape the expansion of utterances from a few words into a longer sentence or story.
9) Yes/No Questions: Display any picture in Flashcards and ask questions to test the semantic system and comprehension. "Is this a banana?" "Is it red?" "Is this something you wear?" "Does it start with /b/?" "Is it made of metal?" Nearly anything you would do with a set of picture cards, you can do with the Flashcards mode.
10) Home Practice: Once introduced by the SLP, patients can easily use this app on their own or with family for home exercise. We know that intensity matters for progress, so instead of sending home photocopies, the SLP can recommend appropriate settings for continued use of the app and receive e-mailed score reports to monitor progress.
I'd like to offer 3 free copies for a giveaway! Comment below on how you would use Naming TherAppy to enter to win.