Integrating Apps into Aphasia Therapy

presented by Megan Sutton MS

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Offering computer-assisted treatment to people with aphasia is part of best practice guidelines, but technology is changing so quickly, it can be nearly impossible for the busy clinician to keep up and know what to offer. This course will provide you with an overview of the benefits and risks of using mobile apps in aphasia therapy, along with specifics on some of the best options available today. Learn how to find, evaluate, and use apps in a way that supports your clinical practice as well as your clients’ recovery.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Megan Sutton MS, CCC-SLP

    Megan Sutton, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and the director and app designer for Tactus Therapy, a leading developer of apps for adult speech therapy. Megan earned a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University after studying linguistics at Rutgers. She has worked passionately with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders for over 13 years in inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in the assessment and treatment of aphasia. Megan is a frequent presenter on the topic of using apps in adult rehab and is a co-author of "Healing the Broken Brain", a book about stroke recovery. Megan is a clinical faculty member of the University of British Columbia and serves as a consultant to several local aphasia programs. She is a member of ANCDS and AphasiaAccess and was the recipient of the 2015 Honours of the Association awarded by BCASLPA.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Technology and Aphasia

    1. Technology and Aphasia

    Why should we use technology in aphasia therapy? In this chapter, the student will learn how research evidence supports using computer-based therapy and best practices for when to use apps and when not to.

  2. Finding and Evaluating Apps

    2. Finding and Evaluating Apps

    In this chapter, the student will learn various ways to discover new apps and determine whether they are worth using in clinical practice.

  3. Aphasia-Specific Apps

    3. Aphasia-Specific Apps

    This chapter will explore descriptions and demonstrations of several apps developed with aphasia or speech therapy in mind.

  4. Apps for Apraxia

    4. Apps for Apraxia

    This chapter will explore descriptions and demonstrations of several apps developed with apraxia of speech in mind.

  5. Adapted Apps

    5. Adapted Apps

    Apps can be repurposed for aphasia therapy based on the needs and interests of the client. In this chapter, the student will see how a variety of apps can be used in creative and therapeutic ways.

  6. Assigning Apps for Home Practice

    6. Assigning Apps for Home Practice

    If you want your clients to continue using apps at home, you need to make sure they have the proper training and instructions. In this chapter, the student will learn what he or she can do to set clients up for success using apps.