Using Aphasia Apps and software

Do you use Aphasia apps or software?

Would you like to share your view on the Apps you use?

Do join this discussion.

Thank you.

Melanie

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The Stroke Association is running a project to help people with Aphasia to get on-line.  

We need your help to understand what makes it hard.

We need to know what helps.

Please let me know your view.

Thank you.

Melanie

My partner uses apps for Aphasia and we do find them helpful when communicating . Predictable is good and helpful and if word finding is difficult (Draw it) app is great and it's a free app. Also google maps for finding where he wants to go or where it is he's try to talk about. Also taking pictures or screenshots of things you regularly go or need so that they are in his photos 

Sue x

Has anybody been using the Android App "Live Transcribe " or other Apps like Memo or Note using to write down what I am saying. 

I use it to read the News on the TV. The subtext on the TV News is too slow and I lose a lot of the words and whole sentences. The Live Transcribe is better but it isn't perfect, I have to put the phone right to the TV's speaker to  work .

Thank you for sharing this information Sue. It's good to hear that these digital resources are helpful to your partner. Maybe you would both consider joining our user testing group for our digital project? Thanks again for your comments.  Best wishes, Melanie.

Tactus therapy- great stuff

Dear Melanie,

I think it would be really useful if the Stroke Association could run some workshops to show people with Aphasia how they can use lap tops and tablets etc. to get on-line and show them the best tools and apps like dictation and narration which could help to us with independent understanding, reading and writing on-line etc.. I'm aware that there are computers at The Point in Nottingham where perhaps someone could run an Aphasia Friendly On-Line Workshop for people in Nottingham.

E.H. (Nottingham)

 Have you seen the article from the BBC of the first Aphasia Clinic in London? It  might help you out .

I use a program that I ordered from the in the States.. Flint Rehabilitation....it gives my through work out. It isn’t cheap but for what is does was is it worth every penny

Hi Melanie 

sorry for the long delay yes we would like to join your user testing group. Can you tell us about it.

 Thanks sue x

Hi, my Mum is coming to live with me after her stroke. She can't read or write anymore or speak and I'm looking for some sort of IPAD type thing where she can find pictures that say what she means and when she presses them a voice says the word. It's been a year and I feel like if I can find a mechanism that allows her to find her 'voice' again it might open up the world for her again. Thank you for your help. Laura

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Tacitus therapy solutions Ltd is great.

say aphasia- aphasia information pack. Colin lyall

iPad Solutions

 

If you don’t have an iPad, look at the Refurbished iPads at Apple.com retail website. Fully refurbed, new battery, and 12 months warranty just like new. You don’t need a massive memory - the base configuration is fine.

 

Android solutions exist for some of them. Type AAC in the search bar of the Android Store.

 

Speech Assistant AAC by Ton Schalke

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/speech-assistant-aac/id1139762358

 

My top recommendation, but no pictures. Eminently customisable word categories and phrases. Also available for Android.

https://www.a-soft.nl

 

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ClaroCom

https://www.clarosoftware.com/portfolio/clarocom/

 

No pictures, but room for customisation.

‚ÄĒ

Grid Player by Sensory Software International

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-player/id456278671

 

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-player/

(I use the two-fingered swipe down to speak the contents on the box. General-Accessibility-Speech-Speak Screen)

 

Grid for iPad- AAC by Smartbox Assistive Technology

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-for-ipad-aac/id1064332378

£9.99 a month

 

Website

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-for-ipad/

 

Hi Laura

There is an app for the iPad called ‚ÄėCuespeak‚Äô. My husband‚Äôs speech and language therapist introduced us to it. You can download the app and try it out to see if it would be helpful to your Mum. It is really good as there are lots of therapy exercises which you can personalise to suit your Mum.¬†You can try it out free of charge and then if you think it would be something your Mum would use you can subscribe monthly, it is¬†¬£3.99 per month.¬†My husband had a massive¬†stroke 3 years ago, he was only 57. He has aphasia which has severely affected his speech, reading and writing. He knows what he wants to say but can‚Äôt find the words. Also the SLT through our local health Trust met with us recently and created a programme on the iPad personal to my husband. I had to supply her with family and friends names and food/places/holidays etc¬†that were personal to my husband, so maybe you could enquire with your Mum‚Äôs SLT¬†about this.

I hope this will be of some help. Please contact me there is anything you would like to ask. I am definitely not an expert but I know how frightening and frustrating it is trying to communicate with your loved one. Hilary

I used to run an ‚ÄėiPad for Stroke Survivors‚Äô group in Hillingdon.

iPad Solutions

 

If you don’t have an iPad, look at the Refurbished iPads at Apple.com retail website. Fully refurbed, new battery, and 12 months warranty just like new. You don’t need a massive memory - the base configuration is fine.

 

Android solutions exist for some of them. Type AAC in the search bar of the Android Store.

 

Speech Assistant AAC by Ton Schalke

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/speech-assistant-aac/id1139762358

 

My top recommendation, but no pictures. Eminently customisable word categories and phrases. Also available for Android.

https://www.a-soft.nl

 

‚ÄĒ

ClaroCom

https://www.clarosoftware.com/portfolio/clarocom/

 

No pictures, but room for customisation.

‚ÄĒ

Grid Player by Sensory Software International

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-player/id456278671

 

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-player/

(I use the two-fingered swipe down to speak the contents on the box. General-Accessibility-Speech-Speak Screen)

 

Grid for iPad- AAC by Smartbox Assistive Technology

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-for-ipad-aac/id1064332378

£9.99 a month

 

Website

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-for-ipad/

 

 Claro ScanPen advances reading aloud support. It gives access to printed text materials and documents for all, in a wide range of languages. Using your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, simply:

  1. Take a photo of the text or select a photo of the text document from your camera roll.
  2. Highlight with your finger or stylus which section of text you want to hear spoken to you.
  3. Listen as Claro ScanPen instantly reads the text back to you using a human quality voice in a language of your choice.

With your finger (or stylus) you can highlight all of the text, word by word or line by line. Tap anywhere to stop the speech. Claro ScanPen can also be used with the built in iOS VoiceOver accessibility feature, allowing low vision and blind users to access text.

 

£9.99, Professional version£9.99 per year

 

 

https://www.claro-apps.com/claro-scanpen/

iPad Solutions

 

If you don’t have an iPad, look at the Refurbished iPads at Apple.com retail website. Fully refurbed, new battery, and 12 months warranty just like new. You don’t need a massive memory - the base configuration is fine.

 

Android solutions exist for some of them. Type AAC in the search bar of the Android Store.

 

Speech Assistant AAC by Ton Schalke

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/speech-assistant-aac/id1139762358

 

My top recommendation, but no pictures. Eminently customisable word categories and phrases. Also available for Android.

https://www.a-soft.nl

 

‚ÄĒ

ClaroCom

https://www.clarosoftware.com/portfolio/clarocom/

 

No pictures, but room for customisation.

‚ÄĒ

Grid Player by Sensory Software International

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-player/id456278671

 

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-player/

(I use the two-fingered swipe down to speak the contents on the box. General-Accessibility-Speech-Speak Screen)

 

Grid for iPad- AAC by Smartbox Assistive Technology

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-for-ipad-aac/id1064332378

£9.99 a month

 

Website

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-for-ipad/

 

 Claro ScanPen advances reading aloud support. It gives access to printed text materials and documents for all, in a wide range of languages. Using your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, simply:

  1. Take a photo of the text or select a photo of the text document from your camera roll.
  2. Highlight with your finger or stylus which section of text you want to hear spoken to you.
  3. Listen as Claro ScanPen instantly reads the text back to you using a human quality voice in a language of your choice.

With your finger (or stylus) you can highlight all of the text, word by word or line by line. Tap anywhere to stop the speech. Claro ScanPen can also be used with the built in iOS VoiceOver accessibility feature, allowing low vision and blind users to access text.

 

£9.99, Professional version£9.99 per year

 

 

https://www.claro-apps.com/claro-scanpen/

iPad Solutions

 

If you don’t have an iPad, look at the Refurbished iPads at Apple.com retail website. Fully refurbed, new battery, and 12 months warranty just like new. You don’t need a massive memory - the base configuration is fine.

 

Android solutions exist for some of them. Type AAC in the search bar of the Android Store.

 

Speech Assistant AAC by Ton Schalke

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/speech-assistant-aac/id1139762358

 

My top recommendation, but no pictures. Eminently customisable word categories and phrases. Also available for Android.

https://www.a-soft.nl

 

‚ÄĒ

ClaroCom

https://www.clarosoftware.com/portfolio/clarocom/

 

No pictures, but room for customisation.

‚ÄĒ

Grid Player by Sensory Software International

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-player/id456278671

 

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-player/

(I use the two-fingered swipe down to speak the contents on the box. General-Accessibility-Speech-Speak Screen)

 

Grid for iPad- AAC by Smartbox Assistive Technology

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/grid-for-ipad-aac/id1064332378

£9.99 a month

 

Website

https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-for-ipad/

 

 Claro ScanPen advances reading aloud support. It gives access to printed text materials and documents for all, in a wide range of languages. Using your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, simply:

  1. Take a photo of the text or select a photo of the text document from your camera roll.
  2. Highlight with your finger or stylus which section of text you want to hear spoken to you.
  3. Listen as Claro ScanPen instantly reads the text back to you using a human quality voice in a language of your choice.

With your finger (or stylus) you can highlight all of the text, word by word or line by line. Tap anywhere to stop the speech. Claro ScanPen can also be used with the built in iOS VoiceOver accessibility feature, allowing low vision and blind users to access text.

 

£9.99, Professional version£9.99 per year

 

 

https://www.claro-apps.com/claro-scanpen/

Hi Sue,

Sorry for the delay in my reply.  We have been writing a guide to getting on-line for people with aphasia and their families.  We are nearly ready to share this with a testing group so I will be in touch when we are ready for your help.

Many thanks,

Melanie

 

 

Hi Ewen,

Sorry to be so long responding to your post Ewen.  Following a big consultation with more than 100 peopl with aphasia, we have been running a project about how best to support people with aphasia to get online.  We are now at the final stages of producing a 'getting online' resource - a booklet for people with aphasia - pictures and key words. We will also have some films to support this. 

Once the resources are published we do plan to work with IT trainers around the UK so that they have use of our materials to help people with aphasia.  Stroke Association staff and family and friends will also be able to use the resources to support a person with aphasia to get on-line.  

Another part of the project has been to look at the most popular aphasia Apps and software used by people with aphasia and speech and language therapists.  We will be putting more information on to My Stroke Guide later this year.

It would be a good idea for us to catch up about this work.  Can I contact you through the Nottingham Self-Help group?

Best wishes,

Melanie