Happy New Year, SLPeeps! Let’s kick it off with a review of a rare type of app: an SLP assessment tool!
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.
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!
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.
To continue our celebration of National Aphasia Awareness Month, I am reviewing a great app that is specifically designed for adults with aphasia (but also can be used with children). In addition to the review, Speechie Apps is hosting its first app giveaway! Tactus Therapy has generously donated two promo codes for the Comprehension TherAppy app to the lucky winners. :) Check out the giveaway post for more details on how to participate. (By the way, if you’re having trouble keeping up with all the speechie-related awareness months, SLP Echo just compiled a great list.)
What It Is: An app that addresses listening and reading comprehension by Tactus Therapy Solutions.
Update (11/23/2012): Apparently this app has been taken off the iTunes store due to copyright issues.
What It Is: An interactive app version of the story of the same name by Watty Piper. This review is specifically of the app sold by XIMAD (there are several other version available on iTunes). Also, for Windows phone users, there apparently is a Windows version.