Lingraphica, of Princeton, NJ, maker of the Lingraphica® speech-generating device for aphasia, has released five new SmallTalk apps on the Apple iTunes App Store at an introductory price of $0.99 each.
Designed for people with apraxia or autism, the new apps provide speech-exercise videos illustrating the tongue and lip movements required for different speech activities:
- SmallTalk Phonemes: Single phonemes;
- SmallTalk Consonant Blends: Single consonant blends;
- SmallTalk Common Phrases: Commonly used short phrases using everyday vocabulary;
- SmallTalk Days, Months, Dates: Words or phrases comprising a single concept related to time;
- SmallTalk Colors, Numbers, Letters: Single colors, numbers, and letters.
Each of these apps offer individual videos that allow users to focus on the sounds, words, and phrases most important to them. Other Lingraphica apps available on the Apple App store are SmallTalk Aphasia, SmallTalk Dysphagia, and SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises.
Lois Jean Brady, CCC-SLP, of Pro-Active Speech in California, uses the SmallTalk apps successfully with children on the autism spectrum. She observed, "I have recently had the opportunity to use SmallTalk apps, from Lingraphica, with my students on the spectrum (with and without apraxia). I was amazed at how ideal these apps are for students with autism. They are the perfect visual tool. Students with autism will imitate behaviors from a video more easily than from face-to-face instruction. Video modeling also gives the students the freedom to watch over and over again until the skill is mastered, leading to the acquisition of complex verbal skills. I would recommend the SmallTalk apps to anyone working with students on the spectrum."
Lingraphica's chief executive officer Andrew Gomory said he is excited to be offering a robust set of SmallTalk apps for use on the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone. He stated, "Together, the Lingraphica speech-generating device and the SmallTalk family of apps provide a comprehensive and portable system for stroke survivors."
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