Comprehension Therapy


Understand what you hear and read with word-level exercises you can customize for severe aphasia, autism, or brain injury.

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Rebuild understanding
from the ground up

Comprehension Therapy is a professional speech therapy app that targets the ability to understand spoken & written language at the single word level. Relearning common words is a critical first step in recovery.

Match everyday nouns, verbs, & adjectives to beautiful photographs in this app that adjusts to your abilities. There’s nothing childish in this app made for adults & older students who need simple exercises that respect their age. Use it to improve:





Research shows that using this app as part of Language Therapy 4-in-1 for just 20 minutes a day for 4 weeks can significantly improve chronic aphasia.

Comprehension Therapy was our first speech therapy app & continues to be one of our most-used. You’ll discover why when you use it yourself!

See Comprehension Therapy In Action

Practice at Home or Use at Work

Work on identifying the words that matter to you

  • Add your own words & pictures to focus on family, favorites, & friends
  • Ideal for global or severe aphasia, autism, & brain injury

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Quickly screen understanding & observe non-verbal cognition

  • Get a quick sense of how impaired comprehension is–in 4 languages
  • You’re free to watch & learn since data is taken for you

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Here’s What People are Saying about
Comprehension Therapy

I cannot state enough how well this therapy app has helped my husband!

It has been just over a year now since he had a stroke. He is very motivated especially when working with apps like this one. In fact he uses all the Tactus apps. He will likely always have some cognitive deficits, plus he has visual deficits, however using these apps has improved his confidence levels and he feels the progress he has made. Amazing! Thank you for all your hard work and efforts in creating these wonderful apps!

Wife of a Stroke Survivor
Via 5-Star App Store Review

A huge time-saver!

In the acute care setting, we don’t often have the time to complete full standardized testing. This app not only helps me assess patients’ functioning level, it does it in several languages. As if that’s not enough, the app completes the evaluation write up for me! I strongly recommend this to patients for carryover activities. By having them email me, I can evaluate progress without having to see them. Across all ages, the most common response is “More iPad, please!” 

Lindsey, SLP
Via 5-Star App Store Review

This app helped my patient speak!

Comprehension Therapy is easy-to-use, and has the perfect balance of automation and the ability to customize. Despite this being a comprehension-focused tool, the patient produced more spontaneous language while using the app than she usually did during therapy tasks. I am certain this was a direct result of the engagement, interest, and sense of empowerment she felt from being able to use Comprehension Therapy to control her own therapy. 

Kevin Frew, SLP

iPad + Tactus apps = best acute care SLP tools!

I have been using this app frequently. Actually daily lately with a Wernicke’s aphasia patient in the hospital. I also use them all in outpatient and home care settings. Worth every penny! Highly recommended to SLPs working with adults. Also for patients/clients to purchase and use for homework practice. An amazing app for adults!

Via 5-Star App Store Review

It’s user friendly & just oozes quality!

The versatility, huge amount of content, fantastic execution, and sheer quality of this app easily make it a Top Pick. Many parents, teachers and therapists have older children, teens, and adults with special needs and are forced to use apps that are developed for preschoolers which therefore have lots of ‘kiddy’ features. You folks are going to LOVE this app! This app is nearly alone in providing relevant vocabulary for older children and adults. 

Deanne & Heather
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What You’ll Get in
Comprehension Therapy

Three activities target single-word comprehension for listening & reading

Listen to a spoken word & touch the matching picture on the screen, with a written word hint available

Read the word & find the picture that matches, using the audio hint if needed

Listen & Read is a surprisingly challenging activity to match what you hear to the printed word

Settings adjust the difficulty, number of choices, and more to adapt to changing needs

10 Categories of nouns, plus verbs & adjectives give you over 700 words to practice

Recommendations guide you to the next level or app based on your performance so you stay on the right track

Professional reports have accuracy and error data for you to e-mail, print, or save

All the Tactus Therapy apps are designed by a certified speech-language pathologist and are based on research and clinical best practices. Learn more about the evidence behind this app.

Try Before You Buy

Language Therapy 4-in-1

Language Therapy Lite

Download Language Therapy Lite for free on your iOS or Android device for a sample of the full version. The Lite version allows you to try Comprehension Therapy, with just a handful of the hundreds of words you’ll get in the full version.

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Power User Tips

Get the most out of this app. Browse these tips from the speech-language pathologist who developed these apps.

Make it Easier

Reduce the Number of Choices to 2, change the Difficulty to Easy, or select only one category of nouns to make this app as easy as it can go.

Make it Harder

Start with Number of Choices at 6, change the Difficulty to Hard, or select Verbs or Adjectives to make this app the most challenging it can be.

Do More

Repeat the target word, name each picture, write the word, or read each word aloud before answering to get expressive language practice. Turn off the Auto-Advance setting to spend more time on each screen.

Gain Independence

Press Repeat to hear the word again, and scan all the options on the screen before answering. use the Hint when you’re stuck to see the written word, hear the word, or see a picture to help you understand.

Make it Personal

Add your own photos and words – family members, pets, friends, places, and favorite items – to make practice more functional and meaningful. Save photos from the web to the device or take your own.

Privacy Protection

If you have custom categories for several users, set My Words Foils to Limited to prevent other categories from appearing as choices to protect the privacy of your users when using personal or family photos.

¿Hablas Español?

This app can speak English (North American), English (UK), French, German, & Spanish – change your device language for localized menus & reports, or just select the exercise language in the Settings.

Record Yourself

Use the on-screen audio recording to record yourself saying the target word, naming all words on the screen, or using the target word in a sentence and then e-mail those recordings wih the report.

Hint Scoring

When you use a hint, the item is marked as incorrect since the target task was not completed, but the use can still complete the task correctly to learn the correct answer and feel successful.

Don’t Sweat the Score

For some users, seeing their score is discouraging or distracting. For those who use the hint a lot, it can be deceptive. Turn off the Show Score setting at any time to hide the score from the screen & results (but not the report).

Observe Cognition

Watch clients use this app to see how well they scan the screen, for signs of impulsivity, whether they remember to use the Repeat or Hint buttons, for how they react to a wrong answer, and how they problem-solve to get the correct one. You can learn by watching!

Use with Kids

Use the Child-Friendly setting to remove items with adult themes (like alcohol & weapons) from the app and deactivate the links to outside sites on the home screen.

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Comprehension Therapy

Comprehension Therapy

Understand what you hear and read with word-level exercises you can customize for severe aphasia, autism, or brain injury.


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Boost speaking, listening, reading, & writing for words with a scientifically proven speech therapy app for people with aphasia.


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