Stroke survivors might face difficulties in their day-to-day life because of deficits in speech, memory, etc. There are a number of apple/android apps that are designed to assist stroke survivors in carrying their daily activities and have proven to be very useful. In this post, we discuss some of the common apps that help patients with aphasia (speech difficulty). These apps may be downloaded on iPad/Tablet/Smartphone and help in generating speech, converting text to speech, virtual keyboards, pictures, symbols and video.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term used to describe a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve everyday communication challenges. Communication can be in the form of speech, glance, text, gestures, facial expressions, touch, sign language, symbols, pictures, speech-generating devices, etc

Free Apps

  • Vox4all® – Android/Apple – is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system for tablets and smartphones. Aims to give voice to those who cannot speak, bridging communication barriers. Using a system of symbols, images, synthesis and voice recording, you can create and configure an environment totally adapted to each user. Available in four languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese.
  • Aac Talking Tabs – Android – Uses pictures & symbols-Tap and talk or build phrases. You can create tables or tales and books as well.
  • Voice4u – Android/Apple – is an simple application that consists numerous of fun and memorable images that can help assist and improve language. There are over 170 icons consisting of pictures with it’s corresponding word. The icons are included with clear, easy-to-listen audios.
  • JABtalk – Android – is a free speech communication application designed to help non-verbal children and adults communicate.
  • TapToTalk – Android/Apple –  makes communication fun, like another “game” on on an iPad/Tablet. Just tap a picture and TapToTalk speaks. Each picture can lead to another screen of pictures
  • SmallTalk – Android/Apple – The SmallTalk™ Family of Communication apps are FREE and offer users extreme portability for practicing speech and communicating on the go
  • Dragon Dictation – Android/Apple – Can be used as a therapy device for articulation (feedback on intelligibility) or for people with writing impairment (i.e speech to text)
Paid Apps
  • Proloquo2Go ($190) – Apple – It provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices (American, British, and Indian English), high-resolution symbols, automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, word prediction, expandability, and accepts your own pictures.
  • RocketKeys ($160) – Apple – customizable talking keyboard. This app lets you build the keyboard by choosing the exact keys, size, layout, colors, prediction, and voices you want.
  • MyTalk Tools ($49.99) – Android/Apple –  helps people with communication difficulties say what they want with sequences of words, sounds and images. You choose the content (simple grids or boards with bold images) and play recorded
  • TalkTablet – Android/Apple – for people who have difficulty communicating as a result of autism, aphasia, Down Syndrome, stroke, laryngectomy or any other condition that affects a persons ability to communicate effectively.TalkTablet is the only fully featured AAC speech solution that is compatible with Apple iOS, Android and Kindle handheld and tablet devices.
  • Assistive Express ($25) – Apple – is designed to be simple and efficient, allowing users to express their views and thoughts at the most express manner, with natural sounding voices.
There are many more apps available depending upon the need of patients. For a complete list of apps, click on the links below