App: Category TherAppy
What It Is: An app for addressing various categorization skills by Tactus Therapy.
Recently, one of my tech idols, Speech Techie aka SLP Sean Sweeney aka iDevice guru, has been writing about using PDFs for therapy purposes. He has covered about a million uses for Apple users, from annotating ASHA handouts to making story maps. Since Sean has focused mainly on ways to use PDFs on the iPad, I wanted to offer an alternative for Android users while branching off with a few ideas of my own. This app is actually available for Apple as well, but I’ll be focusing on how it can be used for Android. The process for obtaining and storing PDFs on an Android device is a little different than the one he explained for iDevices, so I will briefly explain that as well.
What It Is: An app for reading and annotating portable document format (PDF) files by Unidocs.
Whenever people scroll through the apps on my iPad, they ask, “How can you ever find anything among all these apps?!” Of course, if I really couldn’t find something, I could use the search function on the device. But thankfully, that’s rarely necessary. Since I’m waiting on my lovely Android tablet to get here (which will be a whole different type of organization in and of itself!), I figured I would share a little of my organizational strategy with you. Of course, everyone organizes differently, but here’s a start!
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.
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.
Unlike most of my posts, which are inspired by my experiences in therapy, this app review was inspired by a recent graduate aphasia class where each student discussed a different type of treatment. One of my classmates presented Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA), which involves cueing a client with word-finding difficulties to produce words that are semantically related to the target word. (E.g. if the target word is dog, the client would be prompted to produce what category it is in, what it looks like, what it reminds them of, etc.) So, here’s my thoughts on how the iPad could be incorporated into therapy using this technique.
What It Is: A way to make individualized mind maps by Notion, Inc.