Saturday, March 16, 2013

Naming TherAppy Review & Giveaway!!!

 

What would be awesome?

Answer: An app that could be used for working on a variety of goals with both adult clients with aphasia and children with speech and language delays.

What is the name of this app that sounds too good to be true?

Answer: Naming TherAppy

Who developed something so terrific?

Answer: Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd! Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd have developed a number of wonderful applications for clients with aphasia, but most of the apps can easily be adapted to also be used with children to advance their speech and language skills. The versatility makes their apps a double whammy of greatness!

Where can I find the Naming TherAppy app?

At the iTunes store for the current price of $24.99. Or, buy it bundled with three other wonderful language apps in the Language TherAppy app.  When you buy the Language TherAppy app you are supplied with three other great apps for working on reading, writing, and comprehension with your clients.  The price of the bundle is $59.99.

What else?

Naming TherAppy is the best-selling word-finding app to help people with aphasia and children with special needs practice important naming and description skills.
 

Easy “How to” Guide:

Main page has four different activity choices.  Choose the one that you would like to use. 
1) Naming Practice        2) Describe             3) Naming Test                   4) Flashcards
Or- Click on the info button to read instructions, developer info, and to see website links.
Or- Click on the settings button to choose between trials, default email address, and to turn the child friendly mode on or off.
 
 NAMING PRACTICE:

When you click on the Naming Practice button, you will first be brought to the categories page. It is here where you are asked to choose the amount of items and categories that you would like to have appear during your naming practice session.


Start naming practice by pressing the right arrow.  A colorful picture of a noun will appear with six buttons below it. This is when you can ask the client to name the picture that arrives on the screen.  If the client correctly names the picture, click the green check in the upper right corner.  If the client had trouble naming the picture, click the red X.  This is how your client’s score is calculated. If you would like the client to receive clues in order to name the picture, then click on one of the cuing buttons.  A written cue can be provided by having the word spelled out, a verbal cue can be provided by having a carrier phrase stated, a phonemic cue can be provided by having the first letter stated, a definition of the word can be given if you click on the book icon, or the whole word can be provided by pressing on the button that contains two quotes.  I love this cuing ability as I have always had to come up with these type of phonemic and content cues on my own in the past during therapy and now this wonderful app just saves me time and makes things much easier! I love the cues that are provided because when a client can name a picture when given just one or two cues, they stay motivated and positive to do more therapy because they increase naming success!




DESCRIBE:
First, choose all or just some of the categories and then advance on to play with the arrow.  A picture of a noun will appear and buttons asking for the client to describe it in different ways will be displayed all around it.  Work on a variety of describing skills by advancing around the picture and pressing on each button that is displayed.  The client could be asked to give type, what sound it starts with, what sound it ends with, where the object can be found, what shape it is, how many beats that are in the word, how big it is, what the word rhymes with, and what the object can do.  So many things!  This is just wonderful!  I can work on SO MANY goals with this besides just naming with this describe section.  The targeted areas range from naming, categorizing, the answering of “who” and "how" questions, phonemic development to receptive language!  I love, love, love!

 
NAMING TEST:

The Naming Test is a wonderful area that I will use now during my evaluations with aphasics or children to gain a better understanding of their overall vocabulary and naming skills. After selecting the targeted categories section, 30 different nouns will appear on the screen (one at a time).  The client is simply asked to name what they see.  The clinician is then able to help keep track of the score by asking to press the green check button for a correct answer or the red arrow button for an incorrect score.  I did this naming test with an aphasic client this past week and I was able to note several of her aphasic characteristics after doing this naming test.  For instance, she demonstrated perseveration, circumlocution and a delayed response time.  I took note of that on my own notepad.  I also jotted down her ability to use gestures in order to help describe the pictures that she could not name.  When I did this test with a child client, I took note of misarticulated sounds in his words and his ability to name or not name certain items in different categories.  Once the test was completed, I chose to have the results emailed to me and I put both reports in their client files.  The breakdown of what was named and in what category looked professional and specific.  I also emailed the child's results to his parents.  They appreciated seeing that!  


FLASHCARDS:
The flashcards are a wonderful tool for using with clients that need some extra naming skill practice.  In this section, scores are not calculated.  A colorful and professionally taken picture of a noun is displayed and the client is asked to name the picture.  The only clues that can be provided are the written word and the naming of the picture so the client can press the picture, hear it, and then repeat it.


CUSTOMIZATION ALSO AVAILABLE!

The Naming TherAppy also gives the therapist the ability to add words, prompts and cues.  A therapist can add their own photos and create a personalized vocabulary list for specific clients.  This a wonderful feature that will help to create more personal and individualized sessions for clients as they can then work on naming family, friends, and objects found in their  own environments.  Super cool, don't you think? :)


SUMMARY:

The Naming TherAppy application from Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd is simply wonderful!  I love it for its colorful pictures, its ability to provide a variety of cuing techniques to help a client name items, the customization feature that promotes a functional and individualized session, its ability to keep score of a client’s progress and its ability to provide vocabulary understanding information!  It can be used during an assessment session and during therapy in order to target a wide range of goals with my adult and child clients.  It is professionally made and without glitches.  It is a perfect application that is helpful for improving a client’s naming and describing skills and a variety of other skills too.  Is it worth the money?  YES!  I don’t think that you will be disappointed in the purchase.  And I also think that it is possible that you could use the app almost every day with a variety of clients!

WANT TO WIN ONE THESE AWESOME NAMING THERAPPY APPS?
I'm sure you do!  This application would be an amazing application that will help you to have a much more complete language targeted app library. Tactus Therapy Solutions will provide a free Naming TherAppy app to one of our lucky readers.  Please enter via Rafflecopter and GOOD LUCK!!!! 

Sincerely,
Manda Riebel, MA-CCC-SLP
Twin Sisters Speech & Language Therapy

3-23-13: And the winnter is......
Congratulations Ashely H.!  We will be emailing you the Naming Therappy app FREE code today!!  Thanks so much for becoming a TpT follower of ours too! Manda & Shanda
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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

would love this

Anonymous said...

This tool will be great for my friend who is recovering from stroke/endocarditis/2heart surgery. Hclotfelter@gmail.com

Emmaj said...

What a great app but the price is definitely a deterrent. Eli love to in it! :)

Anonymous said...

Love this app, I'm working on naming with an adult now and this would be great!
taylor.rodgers@maine.edu

Enid Feinberg said...

I have so many children in the public schools that have word retrieval as a goal-this app looks so versatile. Momtalk131@aol.com

blair764 said...

I would use this for confrontation naming and organization of vocabulary for my kids with word retrieval

TinaC said...

I look forward to using this with deaf and hard of hearing students I know.

Lizze said...

I have a ton of kids that have naming goals and they always prefer to work on my phone! lizze dot norlander at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

I have so many students that struggle with vocabulary and this app would be great for those students! beccajohnson629@gmail.com

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