Appy almost new year from Speechie Apps! We’re getting ready to kick off 2015, but it would be a shame to ignore all the great apps we SLPs used in 2014. To celebrate, YappGuru.com is hosting an “Expert Linky Party” (click to see details) with a great group of app review bloggers from around the world. We’re all sharing our top 10 apps we’ve used and recommended in 2014. This is a brief compilation of the ones I personally have been using and showing the most at work and in presentations over the past year, in no particular order…
To preface this review, I have to say I am just a little biased. I mean, a FREE scrabble-ish game created jointly by one of my favorite app developers and one of my favorite therapy material resources, and specifically for nerdy speech sound geeks like myself? You have to give me a little leeway here – I get a little giddy about how fun this is. But I’ll try to be as objective as possible in this review, even though I know you’ll like it.
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.)
What It Is: An app for stimulating conversation by Tactus Therapy.
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.
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: