Getting Started Is Easy

With so many apps, it’s no wonder people want some help knowing where to start. Don’t worry – it’s not difficult. Each Tactus Therapy app has many different uses and lots of ways to customize it, so it’s hard to go wrong. Answer these simple questions to guide you to the apps you’re going to love.

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Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered. Download our free 50-page PDF ebook today to find out why you should use apps in speech therapy, how your iPad works, how to find the best apps (including many of our recommendations), and then how best to use them for success. Get the whole 7-part blog series in one convenient download.

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Over 100 terms defined and explained. Heard of responsive naming but not sure what it is? Want to know the difference between expressive and receptive aphasia? A digital dictionary with helpful links is here to help.

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App Guides

Just getting started using apps? Looking for something new? Download this essential list of the best apps for therapy, complete with prices, links, summaries, and lite versions. Sections for aphasia, dysarthria & apraxia, cognitive-communication, dysphagia, clinical tools, client resources, and voice/fluency.

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See how versatile the tablet can be when integrated into a stroke or brain injury rehab program in this article from the CASLPA Communiqué.

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Equipment

In Part 3 in Getting Started with Apps in Speech Therapy, learn what you need to know about buying, using, and maintaining an iPad. Find out which settings are most important and how to set yourself up for success with the right accessories. #7 would have been so useful to know back when we got started!

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This is a template to help SLPs request the purchase of an iPad in a hospital or clinic setting. You will find both a 2-page letter and a 1-page executive summary request. This document includes the issues you should consider when implementing a touch-screen technology program and a sample budget. Please download, copy & paste onto your letterhead, and customize as needed. Please let us know if you have any feedback or results from this letter!

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Understand the options for platform, model, version, storage, connectivity, and price to help you decide which device best meets your needs.

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Finding & Evaluating Apps

Finding good apps for speech therapy shouldn’t be difficult. With these 3 ways of discovering apps and our handy free list of questions to guide your evaluation, you’ll have the best apps for your purpose on your iPad in no time. Part 4 of our 7-part Getting Started with Apps in Speech Therapy series focuses on helping you find and evaluate adult speech therapy apps with great resources and strategies.

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A “free” app isn’t always free. Learn the true cost of free apps looking at 8 different types of free apps available on the App Store. See examples of free speech therapy apps that use each of these approaches.
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Tips & Tricks

iPads and iPhones are loaded with built-in apps and accessibility features that make them ideal devices to help people with aphasia. Apple’s latest operating system, iOS8 continues the company’s mission of empowering everyone, including users with disabilities. Here is a detailed look at six accessibility features and apps that can help adults with speech and language disorders communicate better.

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Have questions about our bundles? This blog post explains what bundles are, how to purchase them, and which Tactus apps are in which bundle.

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What are promo codes, step-by-step instructions on how to redeem promo codes and why you need to act within 28 days.

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Learn how to improve your iPad’s role and functionality with these tips about Screenshot, Split Keyboard, and Hidden Punctuation.

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Text to speech and speech to text. Discover how to access this powerful functionality on your iPad.

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8 ways to use screenshots to improve therapy.

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Why Apps?

In Part 1 of our 7-part series entitled “Getting Started with Apps in Speech Therapy,” we bring you information on why speech-language professionals should be interested in learning more about using apps or tablets in speech therapy. If you’re feeling under-resourced, over-worked, or disinterested, please join us as we try to answer the question ‘why bother?’ when it comes to adding technology to your practice.

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Part 2 of our 7-part “Getting Started” series focuses on 5 reasons why it makes sense for stroke survivors and their families to use iPad apps to augment their speech therapy at home. Learn why more therapy is better. Read how using apps can empower stroke survivors to take control of their rehabilitation. See why worksheets just don’t cut it for home programs anymore.

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Guest blogger Rachel Wynn of Gray Matter Therapy shares her experiences introducing the iPad in speech therapy to older clients. Is it truly client-centered care to use high-tech gadgets in therapy with the elderly? See what this ethics-focused therapist has to say and what she recommends.

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Read how to be successful doing home speech therapy practice. This blog post entitled “9 Ways to Make Speech Therapy Homework Work for You” includes a free download. Share this handout with your clients about how to set themselves up for success with home exercises.

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