Naming Practice: Select target category or categories. A picture will appear on the screen and the user will attempt to name the picture. If scoring, press the checkmark if it is said correctly. If the user is unable to name the picture or names it incorrectly, touch the first “hint” on the bottom left for a description of the pictured item. If the user correctly names it after hearing this cue, then press the checkmark. If not, continue pressing each cue button from left to right to hear/see cues in order of increasing helpfulness, pressing the green checkmark as soon as the word is correctly produced. Press the “X” button to score an item as incorrect at any time. Use the forward arrow to move to the next picture at any time. Scoring is optional, but when used, will produce a score report with breakdown of beneficial cues.
Describe: Select target category or categories. A picture will appear surrounded by 4-10 icons. The user is to practice describing the word by discussing the various semantic or phonemic features of the item. Touch each icon to hear a question about a particular feature of the word, such as when it is used, what it does, or how many beats (syllables) it has. Touch the picture itself to hear the word. The semantic cues provide a framework for therapy based on the Semantic Feature Analysis method described by Ylvisaker & Szerkeres 1985 and Boyle & Coelho 1995. The phonemic cues are part of an evidence-based treatment called Phonological Components Analysis described by Leonard, Rochon, & Laird 2008.
Naming Test: A fixed set of 30 items will appear in order of increasing word-frequency. For each picture on the screen, the user will attempt to say the name. If the person says it correctly, allowing for dysarthric errors, press the checkmark button to score it as correct. If the user is unable to name the picture or names it incorrectly (including semantic and phonemic paraphasias that fail to communicate the exact meaning), press the red “X” button to score it as wrong. A score report will be generated for e-mail to summarize test results and break down performance by category.
Flashcards: Select target category or categories. Pictures will appear in random order. Move forward or back through the virtual deck of picture cards with the arrow buttons on either side of the picture. Touch the picture to hear the word. Touch the button in the lower right corner to see the printed word. Provide your own cues/questions, such as asking for a gesture, or use the flashcards to target clear speech or other goals – the choice is yours!
Customization: On the category selection screen, touch “Add/Edit Custom” to add your own words. Touch “Add New Category” to set up a folder. A therapist/educator might have a folder for each user’s personalized vocabulary or each lesson’s material. Name the category by touching the text box that says “Custom Category” and typing in a unique name (e.g. not one of the existing categories). Add items to the category by touching “Add New Item”. Each item in a category must have a unique name/label. Press the red record button labeled “Sound” to record yourself saying the name. Play and delete buttons will appear to allow you to listen to and re-record your sound. Add an image by either selecting a photo from the device’s camera roll or taking a photo (on camera-equipped devices). You must also record a definition, phrase completion, and first sound for each item for use in Naming Practice. Select at least 4 and no more than 6 semantic questions to use in Describe. Select the number of syllables in the word (1-5).
Press “done” to save the item. To edit the item, touch the word on the category list. To delete an item, press the red delete button next to the picture. To use your new custom words, just touch the checkbox next to your custom categories on the “Choose Your Categories” screen in Naming Practice, Describe, and Flashcards modes.
Backup and Restore Data: It is important to backup your custom items and categories regularly in case something happens to the device or app. Backing up your items is also useful if you wish to transfer custom categories between devices. For detailed instructions on this process, visit our website: http://tactustherapy.com/backup/
Language: Choose between English (North America), English (UK), French (Français), German (Deutsch) and Spanish (Español).
Number Of Trials: Select the number of images presented in a practice session. If the categories selected do not have as many images as you have selected, words will repeat as needed.
Number Of Syllables: Select the number of syllables the words presented in the app will contain.
Describe Mode Cues: Select whether you wish to see only the Meaning cues (semantic), Sound cues (phonemic), or Both in the Describe mode.
E-mail Results To: Enter the address of the SLP or other person monitoring progress.
Auto-Advance: Turn this setting on to move automatically to the next trial. Turn it off to use the arrow buttons to move between trials.
Child-Friendly Mode: Turn this setting on to remove items with adult themes from the app and deactivate the links to outside sites on the home screen.
Customize Word List: Choose which words will be on or off in the app by activating the checkbox next to the word.