This year seems to have raised more questions than it answered. At Tactus Therapy, we’ve done our best to break that trend and answer your questions about speech therapy for adults. Here are the top 5 topics we tackled in 2016:
1) How Do I Take Therapy to the Next Level?
One of the most frequent questions we get is from people who have used our Language Therapy 4-in-1 app and now find it too easy. Their aphasia has improved (hooray!), and they need more of a challenge. So this year we created 2 new apps to build on the skills of Comprehension Therapy and Naming Therapy for those with mild-moderate aphasia.
Advanced Comprehension Therapy hit the App Store in November, filling a void for sentence-level exercises. Professional and home users are loving the versatility and challenge of the app. Advanced Naming Therapy was incredibly well-received in May when it brought a variety of new activities for high-level verbal expression to clinics and homes around the world.
2) How Do I Implement Evidence-Based Practice?
Tactus Therapy is passionate about making evidence-based treatment more accessible to clinicians and families through our apps. This year, we decided to take that one step further by giving you step-by-step “how-to” instructions and resources for many of the speech therapy techniques we’ve included in our apps.
Click to read the whole How-To series. Each post includes steps and resources to make it easy.
For aphasia, you were most interested in learning about Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) and cueing hierarchies. You loved the 10 word-finding strategies paired with training techniques. We also explained the alphabet soup of EBP (evidence-based practice): SFA (semantic feature analysis), RET (response elaboration training), PCA (phonological components analysis), and ACRT (anagram, copy, and recall treatment). We showed you how these tried-and-true techniques are easier to implement with apps.
Cognitive therapy proved very popular— readers clicked by the thousands to learn more about spaced retrieval training and visual scanning treatment. You also loved the 4 steps for choosing the right dysphagia treatment we shared to help you provide better swallowing therapy.
3) What Does a “Day-in-the-Life” of an SLP Look Like?
Everyone is curious to know what it’s like to walk in another person’s shoes. Is their day similar to mine? Would I like to work in that setting? Our most popular post of the year was A Day in the Life of Acute Care by Brenda Arend. Her busy day in the hospital really resonated with students and clinicians, much like a medical drama on TV.
In contrast, Jenna Gregor’s day as an SLP in home health addressed the less dramatic needs of daily life. These new posts were inspired by last year’s popular post taking a peek into inpatient rehab with our SLP, Megan Sutton. For those who want to join the world of adult speech therapy, Ginger offered her advice on how she successfully transitioned her career from education to medical.
4) How Do I Use Apps in Speech Therapy?
Tactus Therapy apps are equally useful as tools for home practice and tools to use in speech therapy sessions. We offered you advice on using apps to treat cognitive-communication disorders and word-finding problems.
The world of speech therapy apps can be overwhelming, so we also showed you where to start with Tactus Therapy (and 5 things you won’t find in our apps). In the spring, Megan presented a webinar for ASHA that is still available for viewing until April 2017: Using Apps to Improve Neurogenic Communication Rehabilitation for Adults.
5) What Is That?
For many, our site serves as an introduction to the world of adult speech therapy; the names of the disorders and treatments are unfamiliar and often intimidating. We gave you this comprehensive glossary of speech therapy terms in early 2016.
- Aphasia (including a special focus on fluent aphasia)
- Left Neglect
What’s Coming in 2017?
We have exciting plans for next year! Already we’re working on more advanced speech therapy apps focusing on reading and writing, updates to improve your existing apps, and more Android apps on Google Play (look for Conversation Therapy and Visual Attention Therapy soon).
Megan has collaborated on a book for stroke survivors and their families. The book is a unique project that brings together the expertise of the top stroke recovery experts in a Q&A format that’s easy to read. Healing the Broken Brain will be published in May 2017 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon. It’s a must-have for rehab centers as well as anyone dealing with stroke.
Get a preview of the type of information in the book by reading The Truth About the Plateau in Stroke Recovery.
In March, Megan will be presenting at the AphasiaAccess Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida, as well as teaching technology at the ARC Boot Camp in Las Vegas. Catch her presentation on aphasia apps at the ASHA Health Care Connect conference in New Orleans in July, and meet the Tactus Therapy team in the exhibit hall at the annual ASHA convention in Los Angeles in November. We hope to see you there!
A heartfelt “thank you” to our talented SLP guest bloggers this year: Beth, Brenda, Ginger, Helen, Holly, Jenna, Karen, Rinki, Tiffani, and Tom. If you’d like to share your story in a guest post, please let us know. Thanks to everyone who has shared a link, recommended an app, given us feedback, or supported us through the year. All the best for a happy and healthy 2017!
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