#ASHA12 Survival Guide: Apps Edition

With just over a week until the #ASHA12 Convention, I am starting to calmly pull everything together in an organized fashion. Read: I AM FREAKING OUT!!! There are about 101 things I need to do before I leave, and then there are another 202 things to do when I arrive! I’ve listed my top ten apps I am using to help me through the chaos. Almost all of them are available on both Apple and Android (or give suitable alternatives), and almost all of them are free.

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Starbucks

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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.

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