Designed for people with aphasia, an impairment in the ability to use language, SmallTalk Conversational Phrases provides a vocabulary of pictures that talk in a natural human voice.
SmallTalk Conversational Phrases contains words and phrases commonly used in conversations, such as greetings, responses, requests, and statements about well-being.
This app lets you take along a set of words and phrases to use in daily conversations with friends, relatives, and people you encounter out in the world.
The following speech-language pathologists contributed to this app: Ann DeMarco, Donna Gotsch, Denise McCall, and Marcy Shapiro.
iOS devices running iOS 4.0 or 4.1 should upgrade to 4.2 before downloading this app.
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SmallTalk Aphasia: Words and phrases to use in everyday situations, such as shopping, a doctor’s appointment, phone conversations, or emergencies.
SmallTalk Dysphagia: Phrases to communicate your swallowing needs.
SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises: Exercises to strengthen the oral musculature.
SmallTalk Conversational Phrases: Words and phrases commonly used in conversations.
SmallTalk Daily Activities: Words and phrases related to Activities of Daily Living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and leisure.
SmallTalk Intensive Care: Words and phrases patients can communicate to medical providers in the ICU.
SmallTalk Pain Scale: Pain descriptions and images from the Wong-Baker Faces Pain Scale.
SmallTalk Phonemes: Speech-exercises videos for all English phonemes.
SmallTalk Consonant Blends: Speech-exercise videos for consonant blends, such as “bl” and “str.”
SmallTalk Common Phrases: Speech-exercise videos for common phrases, such as greetings, conversational phrases, and aphasia-oriented phrases.
SmallTalk Days, Months, Dates: Speech-exercise videos for the days of the week, months of the year, and ordinal numbers 1st through 31st.
SmallTalk Letters, Numbers, Colors: Speech-exercise videos for the alphabet, numbers 1–20, and primary colors.
Aphasia is an acquired language disorder, which can occur after a brain injury such as a stroke. Lesions to different areas of the brain can result in qualitatively different impairments (i.e. difficulty expressing or comprehending language). Psychologists who have worked with such patients know all too well the debilitating effects it can have on someone's life. Often times, the patient can understand what others are saying, but simply lack the ability to communicate through speech or writing. Several of the patients I have worked with became depressed, withdrawn and isolated after their stroke. Fortunately, certain patients can benefit from augmentative or alternative communication (ACC). To that end, technology can sometime help patients regain some basic communication skills. I have recently reviewed this app on my blog for psychologist and refer to it as, "small, but potentially life changing tools". They allows patients to scroll through common phrases designed to facilitate communication such as, "I have aphasia, I had a stroke, I have trouble speaking, yes, no etc." Other similar similar apps include common phrases related to activities of daily living. Pictures are provided beside the text to facilitate communication if reading is difficult.(Nov 17th 2010)