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Naming TherAppy – 10 Uses & Giveaway

Published February 4, 2013 9:27 AM by Megan Sutton

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.


Very nice and useful! I'd like with my students to show them new ways to think about human cognition in special conditions.

maria luisa bizzotto April 2, 2014 11:03 AM

This sounds like it could work with GDS 3/4/5 for increasing word recall especially with the ability to add personal pictures!

Wendy Goryca-Rooney, Adults - SLP, Sunrise December 15, 2013 1:46 PM
Rochester MI

My husband had a stroke 6 weeks ago and is having speech therapy which he is struggling with.  This sounds like a great app for him.  We live in a small town.  I just want to help him.  He is 82 years old and healthy.  Also has numb right leg and arm.  He is walking and using hand well.  Thanks

Bettie Braswell September 16, 2013 1:51 PM
wilkesboro NC

On week two of Aphasia Awareness Month, we'll look at two apps that can be used to explore semantic networks.

June 10, 2013 10:53 AM

Upload error' and no clue whatsoever. There solhud be more info imho. When it works it works fine although having to delete the line  enter tweet' is a bit annoying. I'd like to see an empty tweet here or the ability to use a  template' with i.e. time, date, location.

Dendi Dendi, CJHMOKMYxPUIw - MxwFRZlFINosHnLAhmO, RKcQetVzAys April 12, 2013 11:39 AM

It would be great if this was made available on computer.

Alexandra Exelby March 17, 2013 8:11 PM
San Clemente CA

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks to everyone who entered. The Advance staff has picked 3 names at random: Vicki, Stacy, and Susan will all receive codes via email.

Megan Sutton February 11, 2013 8:48 PM

I have been using IPAD apps. with my patients for approximately a year now.  They have been a great addition to therapy.  I have used the Naming TherAppy Lite with my patients who have had a stroke, TBI, dementia, or cognitive issues. I have also recommended it to my families who have IPADs.  I think this would be a great app. to have for my patients.  It provides a level of independence to their therapy--which so many of my patients feel as though they have lost following their injury.

Yvonne Staton, Outpt. Rehab. - Speech Pathologist, Centra Health February 11, 2013 8:13 PM
Lynchburg VA

I would give this app to our speech language pathologist.  We have just started using the iPad in speech therapy this year and we are always on the lookout for apps to help our students with special needs.  Our building is a 3-5 building, but our speech pathlogist also works with students in grades 6-8 at another building.  I know this app would be well used!  Thanks for this opportunity!

Kim, spec. education - teacher, St. Marys Intermediate School February 11, 2013 12:28 AM
St. Marys OH

My student and I were looking at this App this week and saying what a wonderful tool it would be for our residents with aphasia. We have been surprised how well our residents have responded to using the iPad! Would love to be one of those moving away from outdated materials!

Gwyn Groh, Adult - SLP, Hickory House Nursing Home/Rehab February 9, 2013 2:23 PM
Honey Brook PA

I would use this app to work with my Home Care patients.  It would be a great single app to use in training the family and CGs for cuing strategies to build communication.  The app can continue to be used in outpatient therapy (we work closely with outpatient to make the transition seamless).

I love the versatility of the app as described and the ability to compare scores to see marked improvement!

Lisa Jordan, SLP February 9, 2013 10:56 AM
Grass Valley CA

I would definitely use this with my adult tbi and geriatric clients with word finding difficulties. I can get rid of my box of outdated cards.

angelica gunn, slp February 9, 2013 8:24 AM

I would use this with so many patients; I have tried the trials of several TherAppy apps and think they stand head and shoulders above anything else currently available on the market for adults. I would love to own this app!

Louise Chamberlin February 9, 2013 2:50 AM
Upland CA

I would use it for my acute care aphasic population.  The I-pad apps are great there because they are very portable.

Stacey, M.S., CCC-SLP February 8, 2013 8:59 PM

Looks like a great app!  Would be nice to have for our adult population at our hospital!

Julie, , Sr. SLP QCH February 8, 2013 8:36 PM

Although this is clearly designed for adults, my first thought for this app is to use it in my K-2 setting, for children with word-finding difficulties. This impairment has become much more prevalent in recent years in my setting. However, I could use it with my more profound students, as a means of teaching basic nouns/verbs (interested in finding out how you determined order of frequency?). For children with grammar/syntax needs, the action-only setting would work well for verb tenses. Plus, for other children, I could pick targets based on syllables! Also love that I can keep data on the iPad itself.

Dianna , School, B23, and Adult - Speech-Language Pathologist, Wallingford Board of Education February 8, 2013 5:30 PM
Wallingford CT

I would use this with my home care patients.  I would be great to not have to carry around a box of cards for when I am working on naming!

Carrie February 8, 2013 5:06 PM

    At our public school we have several students who are educationally autistic, ranging in age from 3-16 years, and they respond in a variety of modes.  Some need and respond to augmentative devices and technology-based material in order to meet their full potential in communication.

    We also have students who are diagnosed with traumatic brain injury who respond well to visual stimuli and technology.  Visually impaired, orthopedically impaired, intellectually disabled, emotionally disturbed, as well as many other language-impaired and other health impaired students could benefit from the varied approaches to communication in this app.   From the samples provided the app appears not to “talk down” to older students by appearing to be for the very young.  That’s a very good thing for our older students.

Georgia White, Speech/Language Therapy - Speech/Language Pathologist, Public School February 8, 2013 12:29 PM
Richland MO

My caseload is very diverse and my school does not have any money to spend on materials, so something like this is great to work on different needs with students.  It seems so universal.  I am about to start working with a student that has apraxia again, so I need materials in this area.  

Stacey Robinson, SLP February 8, 2013 8:20 AM
Dallas GA

I would use the apps with several students on my caseload.  This year due to budget cuts we were not given money to materials and I know my students with CAS would so benefit.

Nancy Ramirez, Speech Therapy - SLP, School setting February 7, 2013 11:01 PM
El Paso TX

I would use this app in all settings that I service (Rehab, Home Health, and school settings) to continue to assist clients with my iPad.  i have many TBI and apraxia patients that would benefit from this resource.

Sandy, Speech Pathology - Speech/Language Pathologist, Aguillard & Assoc, LLC February 7, 2013 8:39 PM

I would utilize this app for my home health Lang and cog pts.  From matching the pics to items in their home, of course naming, sent formulation, object description, writing, responsive naming, and conversation.  Much easier to have everything together on one ipad, than to haul tons of materials from house to house......

Mary Ann, Medical - SLP , Hospital & Home Health February 7, 2013 7:42 PM
Vincennes IN

I work in a special with language based disabilities. I have an iPad where this would be an excellent tool. Many of my students have word retrieval & naming challenges. I would love to have this to help them They are so responsive to the iPad!!!

Harriett Hughes-Rex, Speech Language - Speech Language Specialist, Craig School February 7, 2013 6:34 PM
Mountain Lakes NJ

I would use it to develop exercises for home practice for aphasic and apraxic patients.  The feature  to control syllable length of the word for apraxic patients is useful.  The cuing hierarchy is helpful, as well.

Rachel Hitch, Rsearch Speech Language Pathologist February 7, 2013 5:02 PM

I would use this app with my brain injured and hearing impaired kids.  This app is wonderful!  You have covered all the areas of language that I need to work on!  Please draw my name!!  :)

Carolyn, SLP

Carolyn Fowler, Secondary speech-language - SLP, Lee County Schools February 7, 2013 1:33 PM
Sanford NC

I would love to use this app with my students who exhibit word retrieval difficulties, as well as those with language/vocabulary delays. I love how the app targets so many different skills and strategies, and can grow with the students/patients as they develop their skills.

Donna Kleiner, SLP February 7, 2013 1:17 PM
Milwaukee WI

As a school based therapist, this app sounds like it would be a great universal tool to add to my toolkit.  I often borrow corners in resource rooms around the building to work with students.  Using the iPad and apps travels easily and is engaging for so many students.  I could see using this app with several students, one who struggles with word finding, another who is practicing giving detailed descriptions, and several more who have apraxia.  I love the screening idea.

Jennifer Guckiean, , CCC-SLP Elementary School February 7, 2013 11:50 AM
Alexandria KY

I would use these in all sorts of ways! Love the idea of RET as an app. I have several clients  with aphasia and AOS who would benefit from these apps. Circumlocution would be fabulous to teach and practice SFA.

Sarah, , SLP Outpatient Neuro Rehab--PeaceHealth February 7, 2013 10:44 AM
Portland OR

Sounds like you can incorporate this into a language and speech group.  Love time-savers!

Stephanie, SLP February 7, 2013 10:41 AM
Cypress CA

I would use this APP as a screening device as well as to work with word retrieval difficulties and language therapy for students with autism and language difficulties.

Susan Gay, Speech/English - Speech/Language Pathologist, Middle//high School February 7, 2013 10:34 AM
Southbridge MA

I like apps with more than one use/purpose. Versatility is important especially when I am spending my money, not the schools for apps on my ipad.

Susan, Education - SLP, Elem School February 7, 2013 10:31 AM
Linton IN

I work in a wonderful rural school in Upstate SC. I try to be creative when buying therapy materials that can be used many ways. My speech friends love iPad apps!

Susan , Speech therapy - SLP, Public school February 7, 2013 10:14 AM
Central SC

I would like to have the use for both screening, reinforcement with my older student population. On late, this APP would be ideal for me to work, reinforce and expand with my Dad, who has been experiencing depression, dementia in part because he has COPD, however largely after the death of my Mom, they were married for 62 years, and begin dating at the ages of 13

Simone Taylor, therapist - SLS, High School February 7, 2013 10:08 AM
Elizabeth NJ

I would use the cued naming and circumlocution features to help teachers recognize how THEY can assist students with word retrieval difficulties.  I would also use the app to help students recognize what cues work for them and how to advocate for themselves with their teachers and other adults (parents, group leaders, coaches, etc.).  I would also use the flashcards as a readymade set for yes/no questions to demonstrate to staff when teaching the sign language signs for yes/no or location of yes/no in a communication device.

Linda, Education - SLP, Sun West School Division February 7, 2013 10:07 AM
Kindersley SC

I am most excited to try your apps with a new 46 year old client who has a diagnosis of a frontal lobe disorder, although he presents as having autism with severe apraxia. He would like to improve his speech and is motivated to do so. I have been searching for apps that he can use during and outside of therapy. Your apps seem like they may work well for the work we are doing.

Susan, , Speech Language Pathologist private practice February 7, 2013 9:56 AM
Hancock NH

I have a 52 YOM with multiple CVAs as a result of previously undiagnosed lung CA who now has moderate-severe expressive aphasia who improves significantly with cues to utilize compensatory strategies. He would love this!

Marilyn Abrahamson, Speech Pathology - SLP, CentraState Medical Center February 7, 2013 9:38 AM
Freehold NJ

I have several students that have limited vocabulary skills. This would be something that can be useful for them.

Jo-Ann, Speech/Language Specialist February 7, 2013 9:37 AM
Carteret NJ

This app would be wonderful to use with my young adult students with multiple communication disabilities in a school setting!  I would be grateful for the opportunity!!! School budgets are mighty slim and the iPad and all the apps I use with my students, I purchase on my own. I'd be more than happy to give you feedback once I used the app.

Thanks for your consideration!

Karen , School Based SLP February 7, 2013 9:20 AM

This would be amazing to use with my stroke and dementia patients.  they would get the visual cues and be able to stimulate their cognition even when the ST is not doing therapy.  They would feel like they are in the now generation.

Virginia, ST - Speech pathologist, Grace House February 7, 2013 9:16 AM
Austin TX

This app would be a great tool for me to use with my students in the school setting and my private clients who I see in their homes. The pictures look great and I like that they are real photos! I find that many of my students/clients who have cognitive delays or autism respond best to real photos. I like that you can incorporate many different goals within your app. Great work! I would love a copy!

Leanne February 7, 2013 9:07 AM

This app would be great to use with my students who are working on naming, asking & answering wh questions, and vocabulary.

Roberta, , SLP School February 7, 2013 9:05 AM
Brookline MA

This app offers a great way to teach the skills my patients usually have difficulty with. I work in various pediatric clinics as a consultant and travel to province on weekends for in-patients in several hospitals and clinic-based clients.  I am also starting  Speech teleservice with a bilingual kid.  With my set-up, it's really a challenge to have variety of therapy materials so as to keep our session fun and learning. I find Naming TherAppy really interesting based on its review, cause not only that it can be brought from one place to another but it can also be used both for adults and kids. I would also love to use this in giving homeworks to them.

Evelyn , Speech Pathologist February 7, 2013 8:57 AM

I work in a school district with very limited funding for special education. I purchased an iPad with my personal money and use it with students as often as I can. This app would greatly improve my screening of students across all of my schools I service.

Stacy February 7, 2013 8:52 AM

I have several children with limited vocabulary skills.  I like the built in cues and I thought using this for yes/no questions was a really good idea.

Beth Garrett February 7, 2013 8:31 AM

I would love to use this with my students with learning disabilities as a high school as well as in an acute care facility where I work PRN.

Sandra Hogsed February 7, 2013 8:14 AM

I think this app would be great for my mild CI students.  Naming and verbs with my younger student 1st and 2nd grade and the circumlocution part would be wonderful for my older 3-5th grade.  It is almost like a graphic organizer for writing papers!  I would use it to help the students add important information into their sentences to tell about objects, pictures or topics of discussion.  This looks like a fantastic app. I also do home care with aphasics and I could use it in both of my job settings!

Carol, school - speech pathologist, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools February 7, 2013 8:05 AM
Walled Lake MI

This app is great for working with people with aphasia. It is a great way to determine which prompts are most beneficial for each individual.

Amanda Whipple, SLP February 7, 2013 7:51 AM
Rochester NY

This would be a great app for the aphasia and younger students with expressive language to develop their expressive skills.

Vicki, Private& SNF - SLP, Scope clinical February 7, 2013 7:40 AM
Reno NV

My early childhood work involves children on the autism spectrum, and an app such as this would help me tap into the vocabulary the children have, but cannot express! THE iPad is such a motivating tool for these children that it has unlocked so many areas of language that we as outsiders were unaware the children were capable of!

Allison, SLP - SLP, self employed February 7, 2013 7:34 AM
Lake Geneva WI

I have a few students who would benefit from an app like this.  One I highly suspect has childhood apraxia of speech.  Besides, my kids love anything on my iPad because they are always ask "are we going to do the iPad?"  Thank you for this opportunity.

Ann Patton, SLP February 7, 2013 7:28 AM
Thoreau NM

I have several students that have word retrevial provblems, I also have a lot of ELL students that need to work on basic language skills.

Susan February 6, 2013 11:06 PM

Being a homecare therapist, I love to us my Apps for therapy as they are easier to "lug" around than a bunch of books. I have a number of patient's who have I Pads who I would love to introduce this to and allow them to try before they purchase it on their own. I also run an Aphasia Communication Group for those living with chronic aphasia. Would love to introduce them to more technology.

Jen, Homecare - SLP, Theda Care at Home February 6, 2013 3:36 PM
Appleton WI

I have a young stroke survivor who just obtained an iphone (finally!!) and I would love to incorporate this into our therapy.  It would be great to eventually have him use the app to continue his therapy at home.

Ruth, , SLP Hospital February 5, 2013 3:44 PM
Lancaster PA

I am a speech pathologist from South Africa and work in the government sector at a hospital . The majority of patients I work with are unemployed and below the poverty line. There are no funds for iPads or apps and I end up using my own iPad and salary to supplement my resources. If I could add this to my limited apps I would enhance my quality of therapy which could improve the outcome of my patients language and speech goals.

Jessica Smith, Adult neurogenic language disorder - Miss, Neurology February 5, 2013 12:38 PM
Cape Town South Africa AA

I have any number of patients that cycle through needing word retrieval assistance...from post CVAs to mid dementia to TBI. My only hope is that they can see the pics well enough on the itouch as I don't have an iPad...yet (fingers crossed).

Sally, SNF/Subacute Rehab - SLP, Maplewood February 4, 2013 10:55 PM
Amesbury MA

I just picked up a patient with expressive aphasia.  This would be great for her!

Carrie February 4, 2013 9:09 PM

Will use with a patient with anomic aphasia.  Great time it would be to win.  Will be introducing to him this week.  Thanks for your help.

Kathleen Cooley, Home Health - speech therapist, PHC Home Care February 4, 2013 9:01 PM
Charleston SC

I have a TBI student I would use this with.

Wanda, SLP February 4, 2013 8:15 PM

I would use this app with adults with developmental disabilities- so nice that the pictures are basic but not childish!

Emily February 4, 2013 7:13 PM
Canandaigua NY

I would use this with a variety of patients in our in-patient rehab facility, as well are share it with our out patient therapists. We just got an ipad and are excited to get apps that look like they would serve a variety of communication disorders. What I like about the examples shown is that it doesn't look juvenile, as so many of our printed materials can seem to patients. Anomia, apraxia, reading, attention... it could apply to so many!

Brenda Arend, speech - Speech Pathologist, Providence St Peter Hospital February 4, 2013 5:09 PM
Olympia DC

I would use it exactly as you recommend in your wonderful description, and I'd post about it in my own blog :-)  I especially like the cued naming and circumlocution suggestions.

I have had several apraxic pts I would have loved to use this with. I imagine it would work with naming tasks in combination with AAC as well.

Naomi Gurevich, , PhD, CCC-SLP SNF February 4, 2013 4:55 PM
Champaign IL

I work with a variety of patients with a variety of diagnoses. Most of them have some form of TBI or dementia. They all get so frustrated when they lose a word within their mind. I think naming therapy would be a really great tool to try and "train" their minds on how to access semantic and linguistic networks associated with words!

Steph February 4, 2013 3:15 PM

I would use the cueing hierarchy in order to aid in naming of familiar objects when conducting screenings and therapy sessions with stroke/TBI/aphasia patients/clients.

Mary Kate Meade, SLP - Intern, hospital February 4, 2013 3:12 PM
Greenfield MA

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