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  • SLP Apps in Therapy

    February 05, 2013
    By Margaret Schmidt Speech Language Pathology

    As part of RehabCare Advantage’s series on mobile applications in therapy and to highlight what we know are increasingly popular tools, we are featuring apps for speech language pathologists this month. Mobile apps are widely used across all rehabilitation disciplines and are facilitating recovery in unprecedented ways. Be sure to check back early next month for the best in occupational therapy apps.

    From screening to articulation, speech language pathology apps enable therapists to harness their creativity in practice and maximize their clinical outcomes. Discover which apps may enhance your delivery of care – and help you save paper.

    For Speech Language Pathologists:

    • Language TherAppy Lite: Tactus Therapy Solutions developed the “TherAppy” group of apps with adults and older patients in mind. Language TherAppy Lite is a free trial version of the suite of Tactus apps comprising Comprehension, Naming, Writing and Reading. One reviewer called Language TherAppy a “comprehensive speech therapy toolkit.” The app(s) are especially helpful for patients with aphasia and other expressive or receptive difficulties. All four of the Tactus apps use the same core nouns, verbs and adjectives with more than 700 accompanying photos. SLPs will appreciate the data recording function. Entire bundle may be purchased together for $59.99 and is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
    • Spaced Retrieval TherAppy: This app helps patients with memory impairments through spaced retrieval therapy. Patients recall information over expanded intervals of time. With Spaced Retrieval TherAppy, SLPs and their patients may practice up to three memory targets. Spaced Retrieval TherAppy may be beneficial for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or aphasia. Available for $3.99 on the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
    • Verbally: Called a “dream” by one SLP reviewer, Verbally does the talking for those who cannot. Verbally helps to facilitate communication and relieve frustration for patients with impaired speech. Patients simply tap common words or type their own to form sentences for the iPad to play aloud. Reviewers also found the word prediction feature to be helpful. Available for free on the iPad.
    • Speech Tutor: It is beneficial to show the positions of one’s own articulators intraorally, and Speech Tutor makes such demonstration possible. Speech Tutor displays how sounds are made inside the mouth. Through a transparent side view of the mouth, patients can see the positions of the lips, palates, teeth and tongue during pronunciation of specific phonemes. Available for $4.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    • Articulate It!: This app was developed by a speech language pathologist to help children practice their articulation. Articulate It! contains all of the phonemes in the English language, and patients can record and compare their voices with the correct pronunciation. This highly rated app has the capability to track multiple patients with different goals. In addition, SLPs can take notes within the app during practice. Available for $38.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    • SLP Minimal Pairs Full: Through the use of minimal pairs, SLP Minimal Pairs helps children with phonological disorders. The app includes images for 360+ words to facilitate correct production of sounds. SLP Minimal Pairs covers eight common phonological processes such as fronting, cluster reduction, depalatization and more. Available for $29.99 on the iPad.

    How do SLP apps help you personalize learning? Please comment and share your experiences!

    Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month! | RehabCare Permalink
    February 19, 2014 10:40 AM

    […] If oral speech is impaired, SLPs devise systems to facilitate communication. Individual Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems allow patients to express themselves through other means. “SLPs are the only folks who can recommend AAC devices for patients who are unable to use their natural speech to communicate,” said Minnis. AAC aids may be electronic (computer software and mobile applications can generate speech or enable patients to compose sentences) or manual (e.g. simple picture boards). “There are many speech-generating software programs for desktop and laptop computers,” said Minnis. RehabCare Advantage recently featured several mobile apps that SLPs find useful in practice. […]

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