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.
Can you believe it’s already the second Tuesday of the month?! Where has time gone. We are continuing the SLP Blogger challenge set up by Rachel Wynn over at Talks Just Fine! Which means it is time to share and critique more research. (If you missed last month’s posts, here is a summary of all the articles people reviewed–even if I’m not reviewing something pertinent to your caseload, I’m positive at least one of the other bloggers is!)
Recently, one of my tech idols, Speech Techie aka SLP Sean Sweeney aka iDevice guru, has been writing about using PDFs for therapy purposes. He has covered about a million uses for Apple users, from annotating ASHA handouts to making story maps. Since Sean has focused mainly on ways to use PDFs on the iPad, I wanted to offer an alternative for Android users while branching off with a few ideas of my own. This app is actually available for Apple as well, but I’ll be focusing on how it can be used for Android. The process for obtaining and storing PDFs on an Android device is a little different than the one he explained for iDevices, so I will briefly explain that as well.
What It Is: An app for reading and annotating portable document format (PDF) files by Unidocs.
Note from Speechie Apps: I am SO excited to have Tiffani Wallace of Dysphagia Ramblings guest blogging today! Tiffani is an SLP in an acute care hospital, the go-to expert on dysphagia in Twitter’s world of #slpeeps, and an app co-author. This post marks a couple different “firsts” for Speechie Apps: first guest blogger and first time having an app author explain her own app. The field of dysphagia is both complex and specific, and an unfortunate few apps have been developed for this area, so I was thrilled when Tiffani graciously agreed to this review. I think it provides a unique perspective that I would not be able to offer my readers by myself. She has given a wonderfully detailed description of the background of the app’s development, how the app works, tips on how to use it most successfully, and even a “cons” section! I can’t wait to hear what my readers think. Anyhow, enough of my blabbing! Check out her thoughts, give her and other readers some feedback, and DEFINITELY go buzz around her blog…
What It Is: Animated depictions of the normal swallow and various impairments. By Northern Speech Services, Inc.