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
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.
- Edmonds, L. A., Mammino, K., & Ojeda, J. (2014). Effect of Verb Network Strengthening treatment (VNeST) in persons with aphasia: Extension and replication of previous findings. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23(2), S312-S329. PDF
- Edmonds, L. A. (2014). Tutorial for Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST): Detailed description of the treatment protocol with corresponding theoretical rationale. SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 24(3), 78-88.
- Furnas, D. W., & Edmonds, L. A. (2014). The effect of computerised Verb Network Strengthening Treatment on lexical retrieval in aphasia. Aphasiology, 28(4), 401-420.
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. Aphasiology, 14(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