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Advanced Naming Therapy helps people with aphasia and cognitive-communication impairments practice word-finding and other higher-level expressive language skills. Four engaging activities guide you to work on thinking of the right words, organizing your ideas, improving your efficiency, and speaking clearly.

Taking over where our best-selling Naming Therapy app left off, Advanced Naming Therapy moves beyond confrontation naming strategies to give you more to talk about in new ways.

It can be so difficult to find therapy activities challenging enough for more mild language problems, but with the 1,250+ exercises in this app, you won’t get bored. There’s always a way to make it harder so you can continue to improve.

  • Create sentences around common verbs
  • Generate words in categories against the clock
  • Compare and contrast related concepts
  • Describe funny and interesting pictures
  • Available on Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store

Benefits for the Speech-Language Professional

  • Evidence-Based Tool
  • • This app makes the evidence-based VNeST method very easy and accessible to start using.
    • Quick assessments of semantic and phonemic verbal fluency with published norms.
    • Use whichever techniques are right for your client with these interesting stimuli.

  • Right for So Many Clients
  • • Aphasia? Check! Work on sentence creation, word-finding, and longer utterances.
    • Cognitive-Communication? Yep. Mental organization, speed of processing, and flexible thinking.
    • Dysarthria? You betcha. Describe pictures with clear speech in barrier activities.

  • Advanced Materials
  • • Abstract concepts, idioms, synonyms – this app can challenge your most mild clients.
    • Funny pictures, concrete categories, common verbs – this app is perfect for moderate clients too.

How to Use Advanced Naming Therapy for Home Practice

For people who find most apps and exercises too easy, this app is for you! Even if you’re no longer in therapy, you can work with Advanced Naming Therapy to challenge yourself to find the right words, find them faster, and organize your language better. Your speech therapist can help you figure out which settings and exercises are best for you, but if you are on your own, try this:

  • Start with Create and go through each of the 7 steps. If it’s too hard, use the multiple choice cues.
  • Try Generate, starting with the first category and moving down the list to get harder. Set a Countdown Clock or higher target in the Settings.
  • Open Describe to talk about the pictures you see. Explain them to a partner who can’t see them, then show them.
  • Compare and contrast starting with the first category, then moving down the list to get harder. Write out your answers for more challenge.
  • E-mail your reports and recordings to your therapist or a family member to share your progress.

What People are Saying about Advanced Naming Therapy

Advanced Naming is the app I have been waiting for! It is perfect for my clients with aphasia who have advanced beyond Language Therapy 4-in-1. My favourite features are the sentence generation activities in “Create” and the “Funny Foods” category in “Describe”. So far, I have used this new app mostly with people with aphasia, but am eager to try “Compare” and “Generate” with my clients with TBI as well. Thank you!
Wendy L. Duke, MSc, RSLP, CCC-SLP, Columbia Speech and Language Services
Advanced Naming Therapy is fabulous for groups. No more scouring magazines for unusual photos to spark interesting conversation. Even the more passive members of the stroke group gave their attention to the photos, describing them and adding to the conversation about what was silly or strange. “Create” walks clients through the VNeST approach using colour-coded question prompts and written word choices, allowing the client to practice 250 verbs independently once they are familiar with the task. So nice!
Susan Edwards, RSLP, Private Practice Owner

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Platforms: iPad/iPad mini/iPhone/iPod touch and Android tablets/phones

Goal Areas: Verbal Expression, Cognitive-Communication, Motor Speech

Helps: Aphasia, Brain Injury, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia

Contains: 250 Create verbs, 200+ Compare sets, 500+ Describe pictures, 300+ Generate categories

Language: English

Version: 1.01

Price: $24.99 USD

Bundled in: Tactus Collection Part 1 – Aphasia

The Create activity is based on the Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) developed and researched by Dr. Lisa Edmonds. Some modifications have been made to original protocol for this app. Research on the VNeST protocol shows generalization to words beyond those trained in therapy, and a computerized version has shown similar effects.

The Generate activity is a verbal fluency task with both semantic and phonological targets. Norms for the FAS and Animal tests were taken from these published studies:

  • Tombaugh, T. N., Kozak, J., & Rees, L. (1999). Normative data stratified by age and education for two measures of verbal fluency: FAS and animal naming. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 14(2), 167-177.
  • Barry, D., Bates, M. E., & Labouvie, E. (2008). FAS and CFL forms of verbal fluency differ in difficulty: A meta-analytic study. Applied neuropsychology, 15(2), 97-106.

The Describe activity is a picture description task, a common part of aphasia test batteries. These pictures offer a chance to use many different nouns, adjectives, and verbs. They lend themselves well to Response Elaboration Treatment and barrier tasks for PACE therapy. The unexpected elements in many of these “silly” pictures may provoke more language than typical pictures and requires clearly articulated speech to be understood.

  • Edelman, G. (1987). Promoting Aphasics Communicative Effectiveness: PACE. Winslow Press.

The Compare activity requires category and semantic feature naming. Semantic feature analysis is a well-established aphasia treatment and strategy for word finding. The photo variations call for more adjectives, whereas the abstract categories require high-level vocabulary and synonyms to explain. Each exercise requires a relationship between concepts in the semantic network to be stated.

  • Coelho, C. A., McHugh, R. E., & Boyle, M. (2000). Semantic feature analysis as a treatment for aphasic dysnomia: A replication. Aphasiology14(2), 133-142.

Jun 13, 2016            Version 1.01

  • Now a universal app for iPhone and iPad with a free Lite version!
  • Added answers to “Idioms” and “Famous Places” in Describe
  • Minor tweaks and bug fixes

May 16, 2016            Advanced Naming Therapy Initial Release

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Advanced Naming Therapy is available for your iOS and Android devices.

It can also be purchased as part of the following iOS bundles:


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Naming Therapy

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  • Ideal for independent or guided practice
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Improve number communication skills for people with aphasia using 3 robust therapy activities.

  • For people who need to reliably communicate numbers
  • Work intensively at home to master each type of number
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