Helpful Communication Apps
These apps, tips and information are provided as a resource to our readers.They have not been reviewed or endorsed by the American Stroke Association.
SmallTalk™ from Lingraphica
The SmallTalk Family of 13 free apps offer users extreme portability for practicing their speech or communicating more effectively on the go.
The SmallTalk Aphasia App turns the iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad into a mobile accessory to the AllTalk device. It allows users to take their favorite icons, phrases and videos from the AllTalk with them. This app provides a vocabulary of pictures and videos that talk in a natural human voice (male or female). While these apps are designed to work with the AllTalk speech generating device, they can be used on their own.
In addition, there are apps for dysphagia, oral motor exercise, conversational phrases, daily activities and pain scale, among others.
MyTalkTools (free lite version)
MyTalkTools is an app that displays a picture of words, and the survivor simply taps the picture to speak the idea. The screen has a large green checkmark for yes and a large red x for no. It’s designed for survivors with aphasia who can’t recognize words. MyTalkTools also has categories for items such as food, drinks and greetings. If the survivor’s aphasia does not allow him or her to say or recognize words, he or she may be able to communicate through the pictures in this app.
Rehab Equipment Exchange
This national network is a FREE service to facilitate the exchange and transfer of used rehabilitation equipment. Individuals can use the website to buy, sell or donate used rehab items of many types, including wheelchairs, mobility aids, ADL aids, communication devices, assistive technology and exercise equipment.
Developed in 2004, this website is managed by a physical therapist. Hundreds of rehab items have been exchanged in the United States and a few other countries. This is a valuable resource for stroke families who only need equipment for a short time, need items that insurance doesn’t cover, cannot pay for pricey new items, or have used equipment to sell or donate.