Assistive technologies can be helpful for persons with Aphasia, caregivers, and speech pathologists working with aphasia clients. 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 therapy tools to patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, and learning disabilities. Constant Therapy incorporates research on brain plasticity and rehabilitation from Boston University and other leading institutions. Prominent healthcare institutions that use Constant Therapy to help their patients make continuous progress, include Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, the Stroke Comeback Center, and The MossRehab Aphasia Center. Constant Therapy provides dynamically updated exercises customized for each patient. It has a growing library of 58 science-based task categories and over 12,000 exercises.
Prices: 30-day free trial
Individual Patient/Caregiver: Monthly 19.99, Yearly: 199.99, 3-year: 349.99
Clinicians, Educators, Researchers: Free (for use in daily 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
TactusTherapy offers a wide range of apps for speech therapy to cover many goals and abilities. Available apps include ConversationTherAppy, ReadingTherAppy, ComprehensionTherAppy, and many others. You can visit their site by clicking on the title link above. Once on the site, select “Aphasia” at the top of the the page to display a set of apps that best matches aphasia therapy needs.
Platforms: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, & iPod touch
Price: US$59.99 per app
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].