Conversation TherAppy

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.)

App: Conversation TherAppy

What It Is: An app for stimulating conversation by Tactus Therapy.

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Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden

I’ve been neglecting you Android users lately, so I wanted to share a little love and tell you about a relatively new app that works on both Android and Apple operating systems! It’s also one of the few kids’ apps available on Google Play to measure up to what is available on iOS, in my oh-so-humble opinion. 🙂

App: Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden (Android) (Apple) (Amazon)

What It Is: An app for growing fruits and veggies in an interactive garden by TribePlay.

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Visual Attention TherAppy

December 2014 Update: This app has been updated! It’s name is now Visual Attention Therapy (instead of TherAppy). There are more colors to choose from for the flashing or solid signal, different styles for canceled targets (e.g., completely removed from screen/blank, faded, crossed out, etc). Last but not least, there is now an option for maximizing font to make it as big on the screen as possible for the spacing and number of lines you have selected!

I’ll admit, this is one of those apps that I was looking forward to weeks (maybe even months?) before it was released. Not only is it by a developer whose other products I have enjoyed, but it also appears to be the first app of its kind. In addition, it has personal importance for me, as I have an aunt who was recently diagnosed with right neglect. Needless to say, I was allllll over this app the day it came out. Thankfully, it has more than held its own so far, and I am thrilled Tactus Therapy provided a copy for a giveaway, too! Read the review then check out the giveaway post if you’d like to enter to win!

App: Visual Attention TherAppy (now Visual Attention Therapy)

What It Is: An app designed to address unilateral (left/right) neglect, also useful for addressing dyslexia and typical scanning patterns by Tactus Therapy.

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“Talk Like a Pirate Day” Apps

Ahoy, mateys! I be writin’ a blog message fer ye ’bout apps to use on Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day! (Translation: Oh boy, who the heck convinced me to do this?!) Kookoo bananas Bill Binko ‘o LessonPix shanghai’d a few ‘o us bloggers to do pirate-themed posts to celebrate ’tis “holiday,” so here’s me best spin on it. (Thanks postlikeapirate.com for the goofy pirate talk translations.) This post is a bit different than my usual, but I’m hoping it’ll give y’all some fun ideas for Talk Like a Pirate Day on 9/19! If you’re one of those scoundrel SLPs that loves to get kids hyped up then send them on their way, this post (and holiday in general) is for you! I’m going to discuss three apps: one new (to me) pirate-themed one and two that I’ve already reviewed but am adding a “pirate twist” to. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions or other pirate-themed ideas!

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WH Question Cards – Pro

I am VERY excited to be reviewing this new Super Duper app that was just released last week! I’ve long used Super Duper’s flashcards for wh questions (both app and card versions), but this app is a totally different level of interaction! Also, you may have noticed I’ve been adding a few extra details to my blog lately (OS, Version, etc). Another addition I’ll be making is to provide the link directly to the app, either to iTunes or the app’s site, depending on what I think will be most useful. I hope this helps avoid any confusion about which app I’m reviewing as well as increases the ease of use of this site for you wonderful readers. 🙂 Enjoy!

App: WH Question Cards–Pro

What It Is: A collection of interactive games addressing wh questions by Super Duper.

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Dr. Panda’s Hospital

To appease the masses, I’ve found an app for both Android and Apple users! Actually, I originally wrote this review after finding it on Google Play and didn’t realize until later that it was also available on iTunes! I was very excited that all of my readers could benefit from this one. Also, I had mentioned to a few of you that I found some Android apps similar to the Toca Boca ones on iDevices–Dr. Panda’s Hospital is definitely one of those. While this app is based on an animal hospital, the game’s set-up is quite similar to Toca Doctor. Here are my thoughts on it:

What It Is: An app for “playing vet” and healing hurt/sick animals by TribePlay.

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Create a Car

So that my Apple readers don’t get TOO jealous of my new addition of Android reviews, here’s a review of a fun and inexpensive app for iDevices. I’m actually quite excited about this app because the developer just added new content that bumps it up from “good” to “great!” Also, this is another app for those “three T” (trucks, tractors, & trains)-obsessed boys and girls since there are quite a few vehicles to choose from–including trucks and tractors!

What It Is: A game for designing (and then driving) vehicles by ABCya.com.

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LessonPix

I am branching out a little with this review, since LessonPix is an online tool not an app; however, I’m completely convinced that it will still be worth my readers’ time! Obviously, I love what tablets and phones can do in therapy–after all, I do devote hours each week to evaluating apps and sharing them with others. But I readily admit that sometimes an app just won’t do it. Sometimes an app isn’t available for a particular skill, or sometimes using a tablet/phone isn’t appropriate with a particular client, or sometimes it’s important that a different medium be used (e.g. when focusing on skills that require manipulation of a physical object). And sometimes *gasp* there is an app that could address a skill appropriately, but it’s not the best way to address it. Shocking, right? Of course not, because you are all wonderful critical thinkers who long ago realized that the iPad is an awesome tool, not a panacea. That said, the unfortunate thing about many non-app activities is how time-consuming lesson planning/preparing can become. Hopefully this review will help you make the process more efficient. Oh…and did I forget to mention there is a GIVEAWAY accompanying this review?? 😉 See the giveaway post for details on how to enter to win.

What It Is: An online tool for creating customized materials from an extensive clipart library.

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Trucks HD

Going through my apps list recently, I have to laugh at how many of them involve what I refer to as “the three T’s” (tractors, trucks, & trains), which are staples in many preschoolers’ play. I worked with one boy in particular who was obsessed with these things. While I’m happy to say he progressed nicely and was able to be dismissed from therapy, I’m a little bummed that I won’t get to show him this new app! It’s perfect for those “three T”-loving kids.

What It Is: A collection of truck-themed activities by Duck Duck Moose.

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