Assistive technologies can be helpful for persons with Aphasia, caregivers, and speech pathologists working with aphasia clients. There is research showing that supplementing in-person therapy with at-home therapy via apps can facilitate recovery.
Apps (short for ‘applications’) and assistive devices are listed below based on their usefulness for people with aphasia.
This list of apps is not an endorsement of any specific application or therapy. To learn more about each app, click on the title link (app’s name shown in blue), which will take you to the app’s official website.
Constant Therapy provides a science-based mobile solution for highly personalized, continuous exercises to patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, and learning disabilities. Constant Therapy incorporates research on brain plasticity from Boston University and other leading institutions. Prominent healthcare organizations that use Constant Therapy to help their patients make continuous progress, include Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Moss Rehab, and Genesis Rehab. Constant Therapy provides dynamically updated exercises customized for each patient. It has a growing library of more than 75 science-based task categories and 100,000 exercises that have been delivered to users more than 70 million times in clinics and at home. The American Stroke Association recognizes Constant Therapy as a supporter of their Together to End Stroke initiative.
Platform: Any tablet or smartphone, including Apple, Android and Kindle Fire HD
Prices: 15-day free trial
Individual Client: Monthly $25, Annually: $250, 2-Year: $350
Clinicians, Educators, Researchers: Free (in sessions with clients)
Lingraphica offers three dedicated communication devices for adults with aphasia. All three devices are backed by research and reimbursable by Medicare and many private insurances. The laptop model, the AllTalk, is also available with EyeGaze technology to help individuals with physical limitations who need a hands-free device to communicate. The two tablet models, the TouchTalk and the MiniTalk, are designed for a mobile and active lifestyle while providing an easy way to communicate. All devices come with specialized new source, 17 voices, email and instant messaging capabilities, and therapy activities to help strengthen speech and language skills.
Price: Free to trial, reimbursable by Medicare
Lingraphica SmallTalk is a family of free apps for practicing speech and communicating on the go. Common graphic icons, phrases, and videos help adults with aphasia communicate whatever they need.
Platforms: iPod touch, iPhone, iPad
Lingraphica’s TalkPath Therapy platform provides more than 11,500 speech, language, and cognitive exercises and a specialized news source for adults with aphasia. Designed by clinicians and backed by Lingraphica’s research, the site is free to use from the Web or the TalkPath Therapy app. Clinicians can also link accounts with their clients and manage their plans of care straight from the app or computer.
Platforms: Web, iPad
Proloquo2Go is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that provides a “voice” for people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. It is suitable for children, teenagers and adults who need symbol support to communicate.
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, and iPod
Tactus Therapy offers a wide range of speech therapy apps for adults with aphasia and other communication challenges. These evidence-based apps are designed by a speech-language pathologist to be used in the clinic and at home. Easy to use and affordable to own, Tactus Therapy apps have no subscriptions, log-in screens, or need for Wi-Fi. Use the App Finder to find the best apps for your needs: tactustherapy.com/find
Platforms: iOS and Android mobile devices
Price: Varies per app ($5-$25) with discount bundles available. Free lite versions to try.
Tapgram makes sending simple messages to your loved ones easy. Once you are set up, you won’t need to touch a keyboard to send messages to the people that you love. Instead, you create messages by tapping on images and the messages can be posted to your social media feed or sent to your friends and loved ones via email. In turn, friends and family can tap on pictures to send you a reply. You will need a phone, tablet, or a computer with a connection, and a free tapgram account. It comes with a quick start guide.
Platforms: phone, tablet, computer
This list is constantly being updated. If you have an app (or make an application) that can be of help to people with aphasia, please send it to [email protected].
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