5 Communication Apps to Consider for People with Aphasia

October 23, 2012 by - 4 Comments

5 Communication Apps to Consider for People with Aphasia
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It’s hard for most of us to imagine the experience of having had language all your life and suddenly losing it. Here are some ideas for apps that may be useful in your therapy with people with aphasia.

  1. Scene and Heard from tBox Apps and Scene Speak from Good Karma Apps:  We’d love to see more people with significant language deficits use visual scene displays to communicate.
  2. Lingraphica’s Small Talk Series and their TalkPath apps: Worth exploring these apps as they were designed expressly for this clinical population.
  3. Tactus Language TherAPPy apps: Looking for apps that will help your patient develop and practice language and writing skills? Tactus has several to explore.
  4. Pictello from AssistiveWare: There is great power in storytelling and one of the things missed most by people with acquired communication disorders is their ability to connect with friends and family. This app has great potential for sharing personal narratives and reminiscing using photos from the iPad’s camera or the web. The stories can be saved to a PDF, printed, and emailed.5 Communication Apps to Consider for People with Aphasia
  5. Medlert 911: This free app can be set up in advance to contact first responders and notify families when the aphasic patient has an emergency.

There are also many free and lite versions of AAC apps, such as Alexicomm, that can be customized for people with aphasia. You can check out our September 2012 list to explore some of those for Apple and Android platforms.

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  • Kelly Hill says:

    I am trying to find the communication tablet for dysphagia I need to know how much it is or can I rent it it’s for my daughter at 32 she had a major stroke and now she can’t talk and she has A7 year old son and she had the communication tablet for 30 days they sent it in and then the insurance tonight if so can you help me put it on my grandson’s wish list

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Kelly, the best place to start in identifying feasible options for your daughter would be an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist who is knowledgeable about AAC. The American Speech Language Hearing Association can assist you in finding a place in your state for that. Here is their contact info: http://www.asha.org/about/contacts/ . Best of luck in helping your daughter and grandson.

  • Lila says:

    My step son had a Massive Hemorrhagic Stroke back in April at the age of 45. His speech is very limited, most often single words. Would one of these devices be of help to him? I have no knowledge of them & am trying to research them. Any info would be helpful.

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