and review the Naming TherAppy app by Tactus Therapy
people with impaired word-finding abilities due to stroke, aging, or
developmental delay. It should be noted
that all opinions and ideas are mine and was not from the company itself.
For all activities, you can choose the categories you wish to work on. It is also recommended by the developers to
go into settings prior to using and set it into “child-friendly mode.” You can also submit an email address for
reports to be sent for data collection.
Naming Practice: In this activity, a picture is provided for the
student. The student is required to
provide the name or label for this activity and can score themselves or you can
do it for them by marking a check or “x.”
If the student cannot label independently, the app provides cues for the
student such as a description, first letter, and the word written for them, a
carrier phrase, a phonemic cue, or the presentation of the word for the student
to repeat. Each cue provides more and
more help to the student.
expressive vocabulary. It teaches
students how to retrieve difficult words by providing cues which could be
carried over into the classroom. They
can take words they already know and think of cues to go with it as a follow-up
describe it. The cues provided are kind
of like EET cues. I used my EET visual
with this activity to remind them how to describe. But if the student requires assistance, the
app provides buttons for them to press to cue themselves.
exactly as it sounds. It is a drilling
activity which requires the student to just label. The student can score themselves or you can
score for them as well.
Flashcards: Here is an
activity that can be used to introduce or review the vocabulary in the other
activities. You can provide your own
cues/questions, have students use words in a sentence, define, match to other
pictures you provide, or give each other cues to have the rest of group
guess. This activity is pretty
open-ended and can be used in a variety of ways.
vocabulary and word retrieval difficulties.
It helps build vocabulary, provides cues to help retrieve, and practices
describing and using vocabulary. It
covers all basic categories: animals, body parts, clothing, concepts, food,
furniture, objects, people, places, and sports.
If you are an SLP working with adults AND students, this app is
DEFINITELY worth your while since it is designed for both! My students enjoyed prompting themselves,
giving themselves scores, and competing against each other to determine who can
provide the most descriptions! You can
make it into a game show and have them “buzz” or “ring” in to determine who can
provide the label first. I could go on
forever in ways to use this app in speech and language therapy. For more information, visit their website http://www.tactustherapy.com/naming.html.
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