Appy New Year from Speechie Apps: My Top 10 Apps of 2014

10537900_10101501552134624_704772621593102184_oAppy 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…

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Soundable

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.

App: Soundable – Spell Words with Sounds

What It Is: A Scrabble/crossword-like app, but instead of building words with letters, you build them with phonemes/sounds (IPA or phonics). By both Tactus Therapy Solutions and LessonPix.

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STAC

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.

App: Standardized Touchscreen Assessment of Cognition (STAC)

What It Is: An app for standardized assessment of cognitive/linguistic function in adults. By Cognitive Innovations.

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Research Tuesday: “Being Smart: Challenges in the Use of Mobile Applications in Clinical Settings”

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.

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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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Research Tuesday: “Clinical Utility of the 3-Ounce Water Swallow Test”

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.

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#SLPeepsville Photo Challenge Winners!

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.

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