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Speaking of Apps

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Published June 3, 2013 11:08 AM by Megan Sutton
June is Aphasia Awareness Month, so I'll be highlighting apps for aphasia over the next four weeks, including therapy apps and augmentative supports.

Last August I showed you two text-based conversation starter apps, but for aphasia therapy we often need picture-based prompts to elicit descriptions and stimulate discussion. Here are two that are perfect for the purpose:

Timeline - Art Museum is a free app for iOS and Android showcasing a few pieces of artwork by 80 famous artists, offering in-app purchases of each artist's full collection. Many of these pictures provide rich stimulus for picture description and discussion. I recommend purchasing the Norman Rockwell package for $0.99 to gain access to 228 high-quality images depicting people engaged in everyday life.  These classic Americana scenes from 1914-1969 appeal to older clients who may remember reading the Saturday Evening Post.  The pictures can be used to elicit inferences, descriptions, humor, narratives, and reminiscences.

 

 

Conversation TherAppy is a universal app for iOS that contains over 300 photos and 3000 questions to start conversations with speech therapy clients and target a variety of goals. The scenes depict everyday activities, current topics, and safety situations with ten question types surrounding each picture. It can be used in groups with scoring for up to 6 players and has age filters for use with older children and teens as well as adults. Score how often a client uses their word-finding strategies or how independently they conveyed the answer for easy outcome measures. The full app is $24.99; a lite version is available for free. Disclosure: I developed this app through Tactus Therapy Solutions along with nine other apps that can be used in stroke rehab.

 

 

 I love that both of these apps provide visual stimuli that are not childish, hold the clients' interest, and can trigger discussions of personal narratives and opinions. In contrast to apps that allow for independent practice, these apps require at least two people to use effectively, encouraging natural conversation. When using either of these apps in a group situation, it may help to connect your device to a projector so everyone can see the details in each picture. With a bit of guidance in how to cued their loved ones, family members can use these apps for home practice.

Two copies of Conversation TherAppy will be given away at random next week to people who comment below.

 

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37 comments

The winners have received their codes - thanks everyone! Rae - it only works on iOS now, but we will be exploring Andoid in the coming year. Dr. Wallace - thank you so much for your comments. I would love to hear more about your research. Thanks again everyone, and congrats to the winners!

Megan Sutton June 20, 2013 4:41 PM

I like how Conversation TherApy can be put to good use at home, as well as in the clinic - what a natural bridge for training conversational partners about cuing strategies!  You stated this works for IOS; will it work on Android tablets as well?

Rae Zimmerman June 20, 2013 3:21 PM

Hello Ms. Sutton/Megan,%0d%0a     From the description and the sample provided, the Conversation app that you developed appears to be an extremely valuable resource--especially because --as you describe it--there is the capability to personalize.  %0d%0a     I am developing (and piloting)a conversational therapy which appears to show promise.  The challenge has been with pulling together a large quantity of appropriate AND personally relevant materials. %0d%0a     Resources are out there...it just takes time to pull the resources together...especially when trying to do for multiple cases.  In addition, your materials appear to be very high quality--with adult appeal, which is great!  *Thank you for your important contribution.%0d%0a%0d%0aGloriajean Wallace%0d%0a%0d%0aGloriajean Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS%0d%0aProfessor Emerita and Medical Speech-Language Pathologist%0d%0aDept. Communication Sciences and Disorders%0d%0aUniversity of Cincinnati%0d%0aCincinnati, Ohio

Gloriajean Wallace, Speech Pathology - Professor Emerita June 16, 2013 9:04 AM
Cincinnati OH

Hello Ms. Sutton/Megan,

    From the description and the sample provided, the Conversation app that you developed appears to be an extremely valuable resource--especially because --as you describe it--there is the capability to personalize.  

    I am developing (and piloting)a conversational therapy which appears to show promise.  The challenge has been with pulling together a large quantity of appropriate AND personally relevant materials.

    Resources are out there...it just takes time to pull the resources together...especially when trying to do for multiple cases.  In addition, your materials appear to be very high quality--with adult appeal, which is great!  *Thank you for your important contribution.

Gloriajean Wallace

Gloriajean Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Professor Emerita and Medical Speech-Language Pathologist

Dept. Communication Sciences and Disorders

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gloriajean Wallace, Speech Pathology - Professor Emerita June 16, 2013 9:03 AM
Cincinnati OH

I so appreciate your blog and would love to have the  Conversation TherAppy to use at work in an elementary school.%0d%0aMarge

Marge Watkins, , SLP public school June 14, 2013 5:20 PM
Antioch IL

Very helpful.  My husband gave me an iPad three years ago when I "retired" from 35+ years of school & rehab agency practice.  I've been using apps "per diem" at area nursing homes and home health work ever since.  I'll never go back to paper-based therapy & data collection materials!  

Maureen McCarron, rehab - SLP, Freedom Therapy June 9, 2013 10:02 PM
Rochester NY

We are finally getting iPads!!!  Can't wait to try some of these apps!!

Michelle Vitelli June 9, 2013 9:33 PM
Glen Mills PA

Thanks for the information. Looks like a great app.

Erika, Medical - SLP June 7, 2013 11:23 PM
UT

Thanks for this information and the giveaway opportunity! Would love the Conversation TherAppy app.  

Susie June 6, 2013 4:14 PM
Parker CO

I am in dire need of updated therapy materials and apps are the way to go.  Would love to have this and other TherAppy apps.

Mary, SLP June 6, 2013 1:10 PM
IA

Just read the review of Conversation TherAppy and it sounds like it would be a really versatile tool for working on so many goals.  I love these apps that make life so much easier ..you dont have to carry tons of cards and you can switch to a different goal if something is not working at the moment..

kamala

kamala, , SLP school June 6, 2013 12:08 PM
newark DE

I am a bit of an app junkie; I think they are so much more convenient and just as effective as traditional materials. Both of these apps would be useful for my junior high students, and I will check out others from TherAppy!

Stephanie, in Public Schools - MS, CCC-SLP June 6, 2013 9:08 AM
Mesa AZ

I'm needing to make this enhancement to my services! Sounds wonderful and I'd love to be able to get started.

Ali, Speech path - MSCCC-SLP, Morris Hospital June 6, 2013 7:06 AM
Morris IL

This would be awesome! It targets so many areas and age groups!

Paige, Preschool through 8th grade, multiple disabilities - Speech Therapist, Calera Schools June 5, 2013 9:38 PM
Calera AL

I love the other TherAppy apps that I have and would love to add this one to work on conversational practice with the language learning disabled students I work with.

Coleen Bohlen June 5, 2013 7:52 PM

I am working to build my iPad into a therapy machine! The facility I work for will not provide us with an iPad for therapy, but I have recognized how the iPad can supplement and enhance our therapy, therefore I have purchased my own. Buying apps becomes expensive. It is wonderful to have a blog that tests them out for us and provides feedback to help in my decision to purchase or not.

I have seen the TherAPPY aps and would love to purchase them, they are on my wish list!! To win one would be wonderful!

Sarah, SLP June 5, 2013 2:25 PM
PA

Oh what a wonderful opportunity! I've seen your promotions for this app, and I would love to try it out with my clients!

Sarah Breeze, Outpatient - SLP, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center June 5, 2013 12:22 AM
Portland OR

I AM ASPAHA .  WHERE CARD GAME  COMES FOR   THE AUSTRALIA.THANK YOU.

Carol (Jenny) Crowe, Nil June 4, 2013 10:33 PM
SHEPPARTON VIC AUSTRALIA

I would love to add this app to my go to therapy materials.  Love it!

Katijo, SLP June 4, 2013 8:40 PM
Akron OH

With working with so many families who are looking for apps that they can use at home for their children, including our own 12 yr old son with severe aphasia, this new app helps so many.  Thank you!

Lori, special needs - Founder June 4, 2013 7:17 AM
Edmonton

I love this app, I have used it with all my neuro clients including TBI, aphasia, MS and Motor neuron. I would love to win a copy of this app for my NGO's new iPad so that more of our residents can have access to this great communication starter.

Caitlin Longman, SLP June 4, 2013 1:34 AM
Johannesburg

I am just now getting into using apps with my patients with TBI. This sounds like a fantastic one to use for conversation initiation and expressive language! Pick me!

kristin, Rehab - SLP June 4, 2013 12:05 AM
Louisville KY

I love your programs and use them regularly with my aphasic, TBI, and language-delayed clients.  I've already used the Lite program with a couple of clients and it was fantastic.  Would LOVE to win a copy of this one.  Thanks!!!!

Shari June 4, 2013 12:03 AM
Richmond, BC

I had been using an old (and somewhat tattered) Norman Rockwell calendar to facilitate reminiscing and meaningful conversation...I love that there is an app for that!! Also, the TherAppy apps are always great! Thank you for sharing!

Karen, SNF - SLP June 3, 2013 10:23 PM
Randallstown MD

Thank you for the review. I work in both school and rehab as PRN. I often find reviews for school age and now have found for adults to download!

Maria Valtadoros, Speech - SLP, School/PRN rehab June 3, 2013 9:18 PM
Sterling Hts MI

Tactus Therapy Solutions has wonderful apps. I am excited to check out Conversation TherAppy!

Gretchen, SLP June 3, 2013 8:59 PM
NJ

Would be a great APP

Marta, SLP June 3, 2013 8:22 PM

Graduate student as well who is very interested in the use of apps during therapy.  We also discuss the latest apps during our "liver rounds" and this would be a nice one to reference.  Thanks for the contest!

Joseph Vera, COMD - Student, LSU June 3, 2013 8:19 PM
Baton Rouge LA

This would be great for my facility. We are about to get brand new iPads for documentation and therapy!

Danielle Stevens, , SLP SNF June 3, 2013 8:10 PM
Fredericksburg VA

I would love to win a copy of this app.  I can see it used with so many of older elementary school kids.  It looks like a very well developed application.  

stacey goldberg June 3, 2013 8:05 PM

I'm excited to check out Conversation TherAppy.  Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Cassandra , SLP June 3, 2013 7:29 PM
Seattle WA

I am a graduate student at CSU Fresno starting my second semester of on campus clinic. I am going to be treating an 84 year old who recently had a stroke and has been diagnosed with fluent expressive aphasia. These apps are great resources so thank you!!

jennifer owens, SLP - grad student, Cal State University Fresno June 3, 2013 6:57 PM
Fresno CA

Thanks for the reviews! I'm just starting out and finding them very useful when deciding on which apps are best

Michelle June 3, 2013 6:01 PM
Melbourne Australia

Your apps look fantastic

Amy, , SLP School June 3, 2013 5:22 PM
Green Brook NJ

I look forward to reading all of your blog posts! My patients and I enjoy using your apps in therapy! Keep up the awesome work! I would love the conversation therAppy App. I think it would be a great tool to use with my patients!

Kristina, , SLP Inpatient rehab June 3, 2013 4:51 PM
Valparaiso IN

Great apps and ideas! I would love to eventually have all my materials on the IPad!

Elyse Matson June 3, 2013 3:37 PM

Thank you for your blog!  Your apps are amazing!  Thank you for all you do!

Laura

Laura, , SLP Transitions June 3, 2013 3:19 PM
Eau Claire WI

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