In 2012, we put our first four aphasia apps together to create Language Therapy 4-in-1. Over the past 6 years, the app has been used around the world by thousands of speech-language professionals, stroke survivors with aphasia, and students with great success. Independent research confirmed what we’d been hearing from you all along – it works! But we weren’t satisfied. First, we added customization and more controls in version 1.01 in 2013. Then we added Spanish, French, German and UK English in version 2.0 in 2015 – no easy task. In 2016, we brought you the Android version of the app, a complete re-write of the software for another operating system. In 2017, Language Therapy got a fresh new look in version 3.0, and now it has so many exciting new features in version 3.1!
* Personalized Recommendations
The most exciting change to the Language Therapy 4-in-1 suite of apps is the new recommendations. Based on your score, the app will now recommend which settings to change, which activities to try next, which app may be more appropriate, or simply to keep going. These recommendations make it easier for families using the apps on their own at home. They also help to make SLPs more aware of the customizations that are available inside each app. The recommendations only appear after enough data is collected in a session to give meaningful advice. You’ll find the recommendation in the e-mail report, whether you choose to take it or not.
* Aphasia-Friendly Design
Now there are more icons to accompany the words on buttons and next to settings. There have always been ways to touch pictures or words to hear them, but now we’ve added speaker icons to remind you of that functionality. For those with low vision, we’ve increased the text size and given you the ability to zoom in on some images for a closer look. We’ve made all the “E-mail Results” buttons green to make it easier for patients to send their data to their therapists.
*Built-in Help to Guide You
We’ve added text to describe each activity on the home screens, making it easier to know which activity you want to use. We’ve also added “?” buttons next to each setting’s new icon to explain what the setting does. In Naming Therapy, we’ve added a screen to explain the rationale of each activity so you know why you’re doing what you’re doing. In every activity, there’s a semi-transparent overlay that points out important buttons and tells you what to do. These overlays pop up the first time you’re using the app, or you can bring them up by pressing the “?” button in the upper right corner of the screen. If you get an item wrong a few times, the “Hint” button will pulse to remind you that help is available. It’s still up to you whether you want to use it.
* More Detailed Reports
The e-mail reports in each app now have more details, so therapists and family members will have a much clearer idea of what happened during the session. Each report now includes the length of time the app was active so you’ll know how long the user was working. The reports include details on which items were scored incorrect, with the incorrect responses noted in some cases, for more in-depth error analysis. The narrative report has been standardized and shortened, with key settings highlighted in a list along with the scores. Now it’s easier than ever to know which settings and activities were used in the past, so you can set up the next session either identically or based on the recommendations.
In Naming Therapy, there’s now an option to score each item in the Describe and Flashcards activities. Use the IND/MIN/MAX buttons to indicate the level of assistance required for each trial, then e-mail those results. The Naming Test report now has an ordered breakdown of which categories were named most successfully, as well as a complete list of errors. And what’s more, we’ve included the complete Naming Test in Language Therapy Lite!
* On-Screen Recording
You can now record yourself during every activity of every app. Listen to these recordings immediately, or e-mail them out with the score report. In Naming Therapy, once you’ve recorded yourself, you can compare it to the target word – just like in Number Therapy. This can make self-scoring even easier as users can now check their answers independently. While we’re experimenting with voice recognition technology for scoring, it’s not ready yet, but this is an exciting step forward for even greater self-sufficiency.
* New Settings to Customize
There are a few new settings in the apps that you’re going to love! In Naming Therapy, you can now choose which cues appear in Naming Practice, allowing you to turn off cues that are either never used or are used too frequently. In Reading Therapy, there’s now an Auto setting for field size, letting the app adjust how many choices are given based on performance – just like in Comprehension Therapy. The biggest change to Reading Therapy is the addition of audio! You can access text-to-speech for all stimuli and answer choices, either as a hint or readily available on-screen. The speech rate is adjustable too.
In one case, we removed a setting to make it even easier. In Writing Therapy, you no longer have to decide whether to tap or drag the letters into place: you can do both! Just touching the letter pops it up into the next blank spot, or pops it back down. Go ahead and drag the letters if you like, but it’s no longer necessary. This makes Writing Therapy work just like the Build activity in Advanced Comprehension Therapy, and we’ve already seen it work so much better for people with aphasia.
You Get More with Language Therapy 3.1
Since we started releasing apps in 2011, we have never priced a single app above $25 USD for lifetime ownership with no subscriptions. We remain committed to that, despite the steeply rising cost of development, upkeep, support, marketing, and staff. We stand by our apps by keeping them up to date and adding value. To help us sustain our ability to carry on with this commitment, the price of each of the 4 stand-alone therapy apps is now $25 USD. This brings the value of all 4 apps in the Language Therapy bundle to $100 USD. We are maintaining our “buy-3-get-1-free” discount pricing on this bundle to save you $25, so Language Therapy 3.1 is now priced at $75 USD. Current users will never pay a penny more – the new price only affects those starting with the newly improved app. And we’ll continue to offer our bi-annual sales in May and November for those who want to save a few extra dollars. Thank you for seeing the value in our software, and understanding that free and low-priced apps are not sustainable.
How to Get Language Therapy 3.1
If you already own the app, the new version should download automatically. If your App Store shows a red number, you may have to go in and update the app manually by touching “Update” in the App Store. The app update is available for both iOS and Android users, and for users in English, Spanish, French, and German.
For new users, you can try Language Therapy Lite for FREE to see how each of the 4 apps work. Then touch “Buy Now” to go to the App Store to purchase the full 4-in-1 app, or search for any of the individual apps (Naming Therapy, Comprehension Therapy, Reading Therapy, Writing Therapy).
We’re working hard to bring you more videos, handouts, and articles to support your ongoing use of Language Therapy to get the most out of each app. Be sure you’re on our mailing list for our monthly newsletter that will deliver these valuable bits of information to your inbox, and give you advanced notice on price changes and new apps.
What do you think of the new look and features? We’re always open to feedback via our Contact page or email.
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