Here are the top 10 most popular Tactus Therapy blog posts from 2015, counting down to number one:
This was part 5 of our 7-part series called Getting Started with Apps in Speech Therapy. The series was so successful that we turned it into a free e-book you can download. This post really seems to resonate with adult-focused speech-language pathologists because it includes 35 apps that are really handy in the clinical setting. In 2016, we’ll bring you more practical suggestions for how to use apps to the fullest.
You loved this practical advice to get people talking. Once the conversation starts, skilled speech-language pathologists can shape the client’s speech using therapeutic techniques and strategies. While you don’t need an app to start a conversation, there is a great app that SLPs around the world use everyday: Conversation Therapy. Translated into 8 languages (including Spanish and French), this app is a therapist’s dream – it can be used for nearly any goal with older children, teens, and adults. Check out this short video to see how it works.
Speech pathologists have an amazing job. They get to help people communicate better and swallow safely. While this can be incredibly rewarding work, it’s not without its challenges. SLPs on Facebook shared with their fellow clinicians the advice that has helped them most, and we recapped the highlights in this popular blog post.
A highlight of 2015 was attending the Aphasia Recovery Connection’s cruise to Alaska. On this cruise, we met Byron and Donna Peterson, who brought to light how poorly understood fluent aphasia can be, even within aphasia communities. They allowed us to share this video of what fluent aphasia looks like, along with our educational post and their story of their aphasia adventure. This fall, the video went “viral” on YouTube with over 150,000 new views in a week!
Join Tactus Therapy’s SLP Megan Sutton on another Aphasia@Sea cruise in September 2016, departing from Texas and visiting the western Caribbean.
We’ve long known our apps help people with aphasia get more practice to get better faster, but it was amazingly validating to have it shown to be true in an independent study at Cambridge University. This exciting news came just weeks after we released the Spanish, French, German, and UK English versions of Language Therapy 4-in-1. Comprehension, Naming, and Reading Therapy are now available for Android tablets, with Writing Therapy and the Language Therapy 4-in-1 app coming in early 2016 so more people can benefit from these powerful apps.
The inaugural AphasiaAccess leadership summit in Boston, MA was truly a highlight of the year for Tactus Therapy’s speech-language pathologist Megan Sutton. In this popular post, Megan shares what she learned from this conference so that other SLPs can think about how to provide speech therapy in a more holistic way in every clinical setting.
This year we had some amazing guest bloggers, but none brought in the hits quite like the funny Ginger Anderson. These 10 signs of aphasia therapist resonated with our readers and made everyone feel a little more normal. If number 7 of this post rings true, you’ll want to know about our newest app: Apraxia Therapy, an app that actually does mouth the words to help people say them!
Honestly, we were blown away by the response to this app announcement, and even more impressed with the response to the app! Turns out that healthcare-based SLPs deal more with swallowing disorders than with any communication disorder (41% for dysphagia vs 16% for aphasia [download ASHA pdf report]), and there just weren’t many good tools out there to guide them. This app, created with 3 expert clinicians, has changed that. Check out our guest blog on Dysphagia Café to find out 5 Things I Learned While Creating a Dysphagia Therapy App.
With all the talk of neuro-this and brain-based-that, it’s important to understand what we really know about how the brain changes. This post took hold because it takes the scientific principles and distills them down into easy-to-understand key points. Check out the companion post, 5 Factors You Can Control in Stroke Recovery, for more information on how to maximize recovery.
1A) Our second most popular post of the year was actually published at the end of 2014. What is Left Neglect? attracted readers every day to learn about hemineglect and a great app to assess and treat it. Watch for a feature-rich update to Visual Attention Therapy in early January!
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The top post of 2015 is one that has nothing to do with apps. These free websites offer materials that can be used for aphasia therapy, both by clinicians and caregivers. Many everyday materials with words or pictures can be adapted for therapy by skilled clinicians and family members, but these 5 are especially useful. People commonly come to this post after searching for free apps to help with therapy. However, the real cost of free apps is often much higher than it appears, as you can read about in this post that was featured on the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) blog this year.
While they weren’t in the top 10, these posts still had a great reception. We’d hate for you to miss them.
- Top 5 Keyboard Apps to Support People with Aphasia
- Ethics of Apps – a guest post on Gray Matter Therapy featured in the ASHA Leader
- Speech Therapy: What to Expect & How to Ask for What You Want
An Exciting Year
2015 was an exciting year for the Tactus Therapy team. We had a great time meeting many of you at the ASHA Convention in Denver to show you the 4 new apps we created this year. We worked hard to update our apps to work perfectly on iOS9 and add new features. We started bringing our iOS apps to Android with more coming in 2016. As you can see, we spent a lot of time making sure our website is a reliable source of quality information – just like our apps. If you haven’t explored our Resources page, you’re missing out.
In 2016, we plan to bring you new apps, useful updates, more Android versions, and quality education so you can do more with the apps you love. Thanks for your ongoing support and for telling others about us!
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