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 hey – I’m back! I have been meaning to review this app for months. I’m *finally* getting around to it and quite excited to share. After all, it’s a pretty rare tool – not only is it an assessment app, but it’s for adults AND it’s fully standardized. As far as I’m aware, it’s the only one of it’s kind.
What It Is: An app for standardized assessment of cognitive/linguistic function in adults. By Cognitive Innovations.
Took a couple months off, but it’s time to rejoin Research Tuesday! Time to share and critique more research, thanks to the SLP Blogger challenge set up by Rachel Wynn over at Gray Matter Therapy. I’m re-entering the challenge with a review of an article on using apps in a clinical setting. (Oh, how appropriate.) It also isn’t exactly a research study, but rather a review of the present state of affairs, introduction to current issues, and suggestions for guidelines. It also provides a good overview of the numbers and preliminary research (and lack thereof) that is available.
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.
Once again, it’s time for research Tuesday! And once again, I’m pondering dysphagia. First, to give a little credit where credit is due, I wanted to disclose that my inspiration for this post came from Jonathan Waller over at Dysphagia Cafe. His past couple posts (see here and here) have had me seriously reconsidering my (albeit very early and still-developing) understanding of aspiration, particularly the silent variety. He points out that silent aspiration may not actually be so silent after all, and that it is widely misunderstood and overly feared by clinicians. So, in an effort to not be misunderstanding and fearful, I delved into this article.
As you may have seen, the #SLPeeps blew up Twitter (and Facebook and Instagram) last month with the #SLPeepsville “Why You Love Where You Live” photo-of-the-day challenge. Over 250 photos were submitted by over 25 SLPs (and honorary SLPs) all over North America. It was so much fun to see everyone’s choices and how each of you chose to represent where you live. I must say, we got some gorgeous photos out of it, too! Not to mention some ideas for future vacations and roadtrips.
As you may know, I am a huge social media user. I am constantly all over Twitter and Facebook (and blogs, of course), and I dabble in Pinterest, Google+, Reddit, LinkedIn, Instagram………..well, you get the point. Last year, if you had asked me the best way to find and critique good apps, I would have recommended you use a combination of all of these. “Facebook, Twitter, and blogs will be the most useful,” I would have said. “Join the SLPs Talk Apps group on Facebook, start following #SLPeeps on Twitter, and read blogs like Speech Techie and Speaking of Apps.”
While I still use all of these invaluable resources, it’s not incredibly time efficient. On Facebook, the same questions get asked over and over again, there is no organized way to make thorough or consistent recommendations, and although the posts are made by individuals, intentions are not always transparent. Twitter is very fast-paced, and it is hit-or-miss whether people with real knowledge will happen to see your tweet and give you the information you need. Blogs are far more organized and have credible reviews, but that means keeping up with each of them and constantly perusing old material to find the content that you want. Oh, and there are those fantastic app lists that hard-working SLP bloggers have put together, but they typically reflect introductory information, and you usually still need to do plenty more research to determine if the app is worth your purchase. Is anyone else stressed out yet?! Can’t we just have one place to search for apps that brings together all the features we want: organization, credible and verifiable reviews, consistency, community, efficient and various searching methods, and a uniform rating system? Well, perhaps we can… :)