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…
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.
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… :)
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.