Thursday, August 15, 2013

Conversation TherAppy App for Expressive Language Skills

I've sifted through hundreds of apps since iPads have come out.  Sometimes it's my son figuring out his way through the labyrinth of the the App Store or me procrastinating something that I'm supposed to be doing by surfing through an app finder.  Then, every once in awhile, I get lucky and come across something that is pretty cool.  Tactus Therapy Solutions has created one of the most thorough therapy apps yet--Conversation Therappy.

One of my biggest focuses as a therapist and educator is to keep activities age appropriate and current.  Whether you work with young people or elderly, it's important to keep it real and genuine.  Tactus Therapy has completely done their homework in creating this app.

Here's the rundown:
  • You can pick from 1 to 12 categories with topics covering just about all bases (Activities, Arts & Culture, Environment, Family, Food, Health, Money & Politics, Safety & Problems, Sexuality, Social Problems, Society, and Violence) *Note: Some material is for mature audiences only
  • Each scenario is presented with 10 different types of topic starters (question types include "Describe, Define, Remember, Decide, Feel, Infer, Predict, Narrate, Evaluate, & Brainstorm").
  • The app targets higher level expressive language, which is perfect for adults (including nursing home patients) and teenagers.
  • You can use this one-on-one or in a group (up to 6).
Here's what I really like:

  • The pictures are awesome.  HD quality and very current.  Not the old toaster ovens or the old Bat Phone pictures found in your old speech supplies, but real, current photographs!
  • The topics are relevant.  There are no softballs here.  I mean, if you really want someone to talk, this app will provide you with detailed scenarios with lots of questions.
  • You can set the age level to the person and customize questions.  You can choose questions appropriate for kids, teens, and adults.  And, you can even edit the questions to make them specific to your client.
  • You can track progress and email the results.  For those of you that have trouble keeping data in groups (me), you can immediately record responses and then email the results to yourself (or parents).
The bottom line is that Conversation TherAppy completely takes the cake with this app.  This is the app that is going to pave the way for converting speech therapists to the digital age.  Out with the old, outdated pictures and in with the new, relevant, and interactive app!  The app itself costs $24.99 in iTunes.  Tactus Therapy also has the "lite" version for free if you want to give it a try before you buy it.   
Click here for more information.

Check out the demonstration video: