Oh, my. Has it really been over six months since I’ve done an app review? Time to get back on track! Update on me: I’ve switched from acute inpatient to a rehab facility (rehab, SNF, LTC). There are things I miss about acute, but I am excited about the new position, especially being able to use apps in therapy again! In other words, hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me. 🙂 The number one app I’ve used so far is Conversation TherAppy. The app has been out for a number of months now, but I’ve used it so much in the past two weeks that it’s impossible NOT to share about it. (And I even found a few times to use it in acute, so I’ll share about that, too.)
It’s the last day of Aphasia Awareness Month! It’s been a very fun month of giveaways, aphasia-related reviews, and comments from lovely readers sharing their opinions and uses of apps. Thanks for everyone who helped increase aphasia awareness this month. 🙂 I’m going to wrap it up by sharing my thoughts on an app that addresses spelling.
I was so excited about the giveaway last week, I just realized I forgot to do another aphasia-themed review for National Aphasia Awareness Month! No worries–I will make up for it and you will have one for each week this month as promised. 🙂 Since I think cooking is an awesome language activity, I went on the hunt for a recipe app that was cheap, well-organized, and had plenty of visuals. Several met this criteria, but Epicurious was my personal favorite. Play around with a couple options to see what best fits your clients’ needs, but this one is definitely a great place to start.
What It Is: A cooking app with over 30,000 recipes by Epicurious.
To continue our celebration of National Aphasia Awareness Month, I am reviewing a great app that is specifically designed for adults with aphasia (but also can be used with children). In addition to the review, Speechie Apps is hosting its first app giveaway! Tactus Therapy has generously donated two promo codes for the Comprehension TherAppy app to the lucky winners. 🙂 Check out the giveaway post for more details on how to participate. (By the way, if you’re having trouble keeping up with all the speechie-related awareness months, SLP Echo just compiled a great list.)
App developer Tactus TherAppy Solutions has generously offered to give away two copies of their Comprehension TherAppy app to accompany my review of it! (And it’s just in time for National Aphasia Awareness Month!) The primary purpose of the giveaway is to get some of my lovely readers a free app. 🙂 The secondary purposes of the giveaway will be to increase critical thinking about using apps and get SLPs/SLTs/SLP2Bs to share their experiences. To do this, I will be doing a random drawing of two winners. To enter, you must comment on one or more of the blog posts offering some thoughts about the app (e.g. how you use it, how it could be used, pros/cons). The more posts you comment on, the more likely you are to win–you can earn one entry into the drawing per post you comment on! Rules have always made me nervous (I tend to think of them more as guidelines), so here are some suggestions for participating:
Woohoo, it’s National Aphasia Awareness Month! Speechie Apps is going to be celebrating and spreading awareness by reviewing an aphasia-related app each week this month. (Also…there will be a fun aphasia-related giveaway coming up in the next couple weeks!) To kick it off, I’m reviewing an app that was suggested to me by an SLP who works in an outpatient rehabilitation setting. Upon hearing the name “Remember the Milk” (RTM), I assumed this was a grocery-list type app. I am so glad I actually took the time to explore it!
What It Is: In a gist, a digitalized to-do list/planner by the company of the same name. There are apps available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices.
This app review is going to be a little “out of the box.” I’m hoping that even if you and your clients don’t go specifically to Starbucks, you can find some ideas here to generalize to other coffee shops or even places like grocery stores. (For those of you who pretend you like prefer Tim Hortons or Dunkin’ Donuts, I’ve heard there are similar apps out there.) This review actually stems from a group project I participated in during a graduate class last semester, and I think it is worth sharing. We were supposed to come up with a way for an adult with a communication disorder to go into a coffee shop and order their favorite coffee without using verbal communication. We quickly realized that it would be easy (and “normal”) for someone to order by largely just using the Starbucks app. Since coffee shops have become a place for people to do everything from meetings to paperwork to socializing, being able to efficiently order using an app that the baristas are already familiar with could be a huge plus. So, here are my thoughts about the app and how it can be implemented in therapy.
What It Is: An app for ordering your coffee at Starbucks.