Designed for people with aphasia, an impairment in the ability to use language, SmallTalk Aphasia provides a vocabulary of pictures and videos that talk in a natural human voice.
SmallTalk Aphasia contains a starter set of icons to introduce you to the Lingraphica communication system. When used together with the Lingraphica speech-generating device, it allows you to personalize and expand the vocabulary to thousands of words.
Take along words and phrases to use in everyday situations, such as shopping, a doctor’s appointment, phone conversations, or emergencies. It’s an easy way to make your wishes known or to practice frequently used words.
SmallTalk Aphasia also contains mouth-position videos for practice and self-cuing, great for stroke rehabilitation and recovery of speech.
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SmallTalk Dysphagia: Phrases to communicate your swallowing needs.
SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises: Exercises to strengthen the oral musculature.
SmallTalk Conversational Phrases: Words and phrases commonly used in conversations.
SmallTalk Daily Activities: Words and phrases related to Activities of Daily Living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and leisure.
SmallTalk Intensive Care: Words and phrases patients can communicate to medical providers in the ICU.
SmallTalk Pain Scale: Pain descriptions and images from the Wong-Baker Faces Pain Scale.
SmallTalk Phonemes: Speech-exercises videos for all English phonemes.
SmallTalk Consonant Blends: Speech-exercise videos for consonant blends, such as “bl” and “str.”
SmallTalk Common Phrases: Speech-exercise videos for common phrases, such as greetings, conversational phrases, and aphasia-oriented phrases.
SmallTalk Days, Months, Dates: Speech-exercise videos for the days of the week, months of the year, and ordinal numbers 1st through 31st.
SmallTalk Letters, Numbers, Colors: Speech-exercise videos for the alphabet, numbers 1–20, and primary colors.
• Updated device support for newer devices
Ratings and Reviews
Simple, but potentially life changing...
Aphasia is an acquired language disorder, which can occur after a brain injury such as a stroke. Lesions to different areas of the brain can result in qualitatively different impairments (i.e. difficulty expressing or comprehending language).
Psychologists who have worked with such patients know all too well the debilitating effects it can have on someone's life. Often times, the patient can understand what others are saying, but simply lack the ability to communicate through speech or writing. Several of the patients I have worked with became depressed, withdrawn and isolated after their stroke. Fortunately, certain patients can benefit from augmentative or alternative communication (ACC).
To that end, technology can sometime help patients regain some basic communication skills. I have recently reviewed this app on my blog for psychologist and refer to it as, "small, but potentially life changing tools". They allows patients to scroll through common phrases designed to facilitate communication such as, "I have aphasia, I had a stroke, I have trouble speaking, yes, no etc." Other similar similar apps include common phrases related to activities of daily living. Pictures are provided beside the text to facilitate communication if reading is difficult.
Add gender option
I use this app with my 10 yr old grandson who is able to understand but not able to speak due to neurological impairment. I think this app would also benefit some autistic children in communicating, in addition to other kids with neurological impairments. I love that I never have to remember to pack up something else (another communication device) because I always have my phone with me. He loves it, too..just wish one thing could be added. I would love to see option to chose a man's or a woman's voice. I would gladly pay for that. I would pay even more if I could choose a child's voice with a gender option. I have been showing this app to speech therapists and special education teachers. We all agree. If it had the gender option I would have given it 5+stars!
Bad user experience
This app delivers a very poor user experience. Once you select your method of communication, either video or icons, you cannot switch between the two until you restart the application.
The icons are arranged linearly, meaning that in order to communicate pain for example, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list.
There are definitely better ways to deliver a user experience on an iOS device. This developer has just taken the lazy way and converted what must have been a printed manual into an app. A shame really ...
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.