Stroke survivors face myriad of challenges in their day-to-day life due issues pertaining to concentration, speech, memory, depression and of course many other physical disabilities. With the onset of Infotech and mobile revolution, and the impetus given by the ongoing Covid pandemic, it is but natural that many softwares and mobile apps to alleviate some such sufferings are finding their way into the market. Many of them are free, or have a free trial period.
Some such apps we could find are set out under. This is not an endorsement of one or the other. However, we do welcome actual user experiences and you may put them on our WhatsApp group, or better, in the comments to this post so as to help all who see it.
APPPS AND SOFTWARES FOR APHASIA
Aphasia ( speech related issues ) seems to have been most amenable to app based solutions. Apps exist to convert text to speech, virtual keyboards, symbols and videos to train as well as help express an Aphasia affected. 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.
They have a large number of apps for those with Aphasia/ Apraxia
“Harness the power of a scientifically proven 4-in-1 speech therapy app that boosts reading, writing, speaking and listening in people with aphasia after stroke.”
Constant Therapy is a cognitive and speech therapy app designed for individuals who are recovering from stroke, brain injury, and aphasia. The app is free for 15 days and then offers users the chance to continue with a monthly or annual subscription. It is designed to help people cope with aphasia, dementia and other speech, language and cognitive disorders caused by stroke or traumatic brain injuries.
Has many apps as well as AAC devices
Speech Assistant AAC is a text-to-speech (TTS) app designed for people who are speech impaired, for example due to Aphasia, MND/ALS, Autism, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy or other speech problems.
JABtalk is a free speech communication application designed to help non-verbal children and adults communicate. Speech therapists commonly refer to JABtalk as an easy and effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device
Voice4u is an simple application that consists numerous of fun and memorable images that can help assist and improve language.
Aphasia Software Finder
This seems to be a very good overall repository for various types of software, apps to help those with Aphasia. They have a huge comparison table here that any can explore per their needs. A single page brochure with prices can be downloaded from here.
Text to Speech Softwares
There are many such available and above will take you to a listing of those.
Elevate is a brain-training app that is designed to enhance speaking abilities, processing speed, focus, and memory. Elevate provides a personalized training program that adapts in difficulty over time to ensure you are always challenged.
Vocal Eyes AI ( on iTunes)
VocalEyes is computer vision for the visually impaired. The app uses machine learning to help people with vision problems identify objects in their everyday lives. Take a photo, and the app will tell you what the camera sees.
Glasses ( On iTunes)
Glasses is a digital magnifier and mirror that can help you to view fine print and objects with up to 12x magnification.
If you have found a software/ app useful for stroke recovery – either as an affected or as a caregiver, please let us know !