App Name/Publisher: Comprehension TherAppy by Tactus Therapy Solutions
Description: Auditory and reading comprehension for single words (nouns, verbs, and adjectives) for adults with aphasia
Therapy Use: Although there are a growing number of apps available for AAC-related use with adults, this is the first app I have used that is targeted specifically for adults with aphasia (though as the developers point out, it could also be used for those with alexia). Even if I didn’t think it was a great app, I would probably be using it simply for the fact that there is nothing else like it available. Luckily, it is a great app.
Comprehension TherAppy works on both auditory and reading comprehension of single words. This can be done through the “Listen” mode, “Read” mode, or a combination of listening and reading. Stimuli include images (high-quality photographs), written words and spoken words. Settings can be adjusted to control the difficulty, the field size of stimuli, and the number of trials.
Although I love to use technology whenever I can during therapy sessions, I also like the idea of using technology as an extension to one-on-one sessions. Comprehension TherAppy is easy-to-use, and has the perfect balance of automation and the ability to customize. This allows you to have your patient/client use it on his or her own and not worry about it being too challenging (or not challenging enough). I used it recently with an 81 year-old patient with multiple communication impairments who has never used a computer, and within moments she was independently practicing while her family and I discussed discharge plans. Despite this being a comprehension-focused tool, the patient produced more spontaneous language while using the app than she usually did during therapy tasks. I am certain this was a direct result of the engagement, interest, and sense of empowerment she felt from being able to use Comprehension TherAppy to control her own therapy.
- clean, bright, simple and intuitive interface
- adult-focused content and tasks (no more having to apologize for using child-like images or program
- careful selection of content and imagery (as has been documented in other reviews of the app online - see the discussions on foils and vocabulary choices at http://ispeakapp.com/2011/06/24/comprehension-therappy/
- large selection of content and ability to extend use with add-on vocabulary packages (all within one app as opposed to many child-targeted vocabulary apps where one has to download separate apps for each category of vocabulary)
- ability to adjust difficulty level (and the fact that the app automatically and appropriately adjusts based on client performance)
- ability to email session data for report-writing (technology should be saving us time, shouldn’t it?)
Cautions: Rather than cautions, the following are a few points regarding added flexibility I would love to see in future apps/versions of Comprehension TherAppy:
- ability to customize/exclude certain words
- a list of errors to analyze areas of difficulty
- reporting of response times
Age/Grade Levels Targeted
How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Type of Device
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
$24.99 + $3.99 for add-ons (verbs and adjectives)
Would you recommend this app?
Yes. Wholeheartedly. I’m looking forward to future apps from Tactus Therapy.
Kevin Frew, M.Sc., RSLP(C)
August 28, 2011