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Blog posts created by the Tactus Therapy team to let you know about new apps, updates, and exciting developments in the field of speech therapy and technology.
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iDevices Help People with Speech-Language Disorders to Communicate Better

iPads and iPhones are loaded with built-in apps and accessibility features that make them ideal devices to help people with aphasia. Apple’s latest operating system, iOS8 continues the company’s mission of empowering everyone, including users with disabilities. Here is a detailed look at six accessibility features and apps that can help adults with speech and language disorders communicate better.

By |December 3rd, 2014|Home User Learning Hub, Tech Help|1 Comment

Making the Most of the ASHA Convention

The annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the pinnacle event of the year for speech-language pathologists in the United States. It’s unrivalled in scope and impact. The convergence of over 10,000 participants, hundreds of knowledgeable speakers and researchers, and over 300 exhibitors adds up to three days education and fun, filled with like-minded people [...]

By |November 17th, 2014|News & Reviews|Comments Off on Making the Most of the ASHA Convention

Aphasia Today, Independence Tomorrow

It was September of 2013, and Jennifer and Ed Swaren were busy prepping their yard and pool for winter. Suddenly Jennifer stumbled, fell, and broke her hip. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where she was operated on a few days later. Because she was slow to recover after the surgery, the [...]

By |November 17th, 2014|Aphasia and Apraxia, Case Studies, Stroke|Comments Off on Aphasia Today, Independence Tomorrow

Bundles—A Great Way to Stock Up and Save on Apps

You deserve value for your money. We've always kept that idea as a priority in our app development decisions and pricing. That’s why Tactus Therapy was ahead of the bundling trend when we created Language Therapy 4-in-1 in 2012. This app is a collection of 4 of our most popular apps, bundled into a single package [...]

By |November 12th, 2014|Getting Started, Tactus App Resources, Tech Help|2 Comments

Working Smarter With the Right Apps

It’s 4 pm on a Tuesday when certified speech-language pathologist Fabi Hirsch Kruse, Ph.D., CCC-SLP takes her first break of the day. It’s not much of a break, though, because she’s doing a telephone interview as she sips her tea. Certified speech-language pathologist Fabi Hirsch Kruse, Ph.D., CCC-SLP credits Tactus Therapy apps for maximizing [...]

By |November 6th, 2014|Case Studies|Comments Off on Working Smarter With the Right Apps
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Talk the Talk: 5 Things You Need to Know when Speaking with a Person with Aphasia

Imagine that you can construct fluent sentences in your mind, but only utter “Not good” when asked a question. Or you remember every moment of your wedding day 48 years ago, but when asked the date, you have to write the numbers 2 and 7, point to them, and say, “This one . . . [...]

When What You Know Isn’t Enough: Recruiting a Team of Experts to Help a Client with Aphasia

Have you ever had a patient, client, or resident with aphasia who left you feeling stumped? You knew there had to be a way to help, but you didn’t know what it was? Wendy Duke, a seasoned speech-language pathologist, felt that way. One of her clients was in a bad situation because of aphasia and [...]

By |October 15th, 2014|Aphasia and Apraxia, Downloads, Speech-Language Professional Resource Center|Comments Off on When What You Know Isn’t Enough: Recruiting a Team of Experts to Help a Client with Aphasia
  • Meet a Caregiver Who Uses Conversation to Help a Stroke Survivor Overcome Aphasia

Get Talking: Using Conversation to Help a Stroke Survivor Overcome Aphasia

Barbara, a former teacher, uses Conversation TherAppy to help her husband recover his speech Three months shy of her planned retirement, Barbara’s life took a detour. Days that she once imagined would be filled with visiting her children in other states and pursuing her art and music interests were now entrenched with hospital [...]

By |October 8th, 2014|Aphasia and Apraxia, Case Studies, Home User Learning Hub, Stroke, Tactus App Resources|Comments Off on Get Talking: Using Conversation to Help a Stroke Survivor Overcome Aphasia

IPA Contest Starts Now!

A nationwide competition using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) has been launched by the makers of Soundable, a free crossword-like game for iPhone that uses sound tiles instead of letter tiles. From October 1 through November 30, 2014, Soundable players can win weekly prizes by creating and entering words in three categories: Longest word Highest-scoring [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|News & Reviews|Comments Off on IPA Contest Starts Now!
  • Tips for speech therapy homework success

9 Ways to Make Speech Therapy Homework Work for You

There are many benefits of doing speech therapy exercises at home. More practice usually means faster improvement, and therapy with software at home or with a volunteer has been shown to be effective. But do you or a loved one find yourself going home from the speech therapist’s office with the best of intentions only to lose enthusiasm after a day or two? Don’t get discouraged! Here are 9 ways to make homework work for you!

By |September 24th, 2014|Aphasia and Apraxia, Downloads, Getting Started, Home User Learning Hub, Speech-Language Professional Resource Center|Comments Off on 9 Ways to Make Speech Therapy Homework Work for You