The Aphasia Software Finder

Aphasia Software Finder

The concept

The Aphasia Software Finder is a free website that enables people with aphasia, their friends and families, as well as speech and language professionalsfind appropriate aphasia therapy software apps and programs in the English language. The website also includes links to other useful apps, software and websites that can help with daily life and with computers.

Re-launched in June 2016, the website is now more powerful and easier to use. The search process has been streamlined, enabling users to search for apps and software at the same time. It is now also designed to be much more responsive and user friendly on all platforms, including tablets and smart phones.

How the website works

There are 3 different ways the user can search for aphasia apps and software on this website.

  1. The Aphasia apps and software Finder, where you can enter the area you are interested in working on [e.g. reading, speaking, etc.], and it will suggest possible appropriate apps and software.
  2. Or you can go straight to a List of apps and software. If you already know the name of the program you are looking for, click on its name for more information.
  3. Or you can look at a Comparison Table.

There are two ‘layers’ of information for each piece of aphasia software. One page which we There are 2 pages of information for each aphasia therapy app and software:

  • The 1st page we have made as aphasia friendly as possible.
  • The 2nd page has more detailed information that would be essential for Speech and Language professionals. This information will also be of interest to others and may be accessible to those with mild aphasia.

What else is on the website

  • General apps and software Finder provides a way of searching for apps and software that were not designed for people with aphasia but that might be helpful with every day life and using computers.
  • What’s New page will show what has been added and updated in the last 60 days – a useful and time saving tool for frequent visitors.
  • Research Evidence lists articles published that deal with aphasia therapy and use of computers.
  • Help pages that give pointers on how to use the website; Links to websites that can be helpful when using computers if you have a communication disability; Glossary of terms used on the website and FAQ.

The Aphasia Software Finder website is independent, objective, providing detailed summaries of the programs. It does not offer advice but we strongly recommend that people consult with a Speech and Language professional before deciding which app or software to buy.

Our hope is that this information will enable people to pinpoint programs that could be of benefit to them, reducing the risk of inappropriate purchases. We hope, also, that it will save SLT professionals time and effort, as they should be able to find, on one website, up to date information about aphasia software and apps in the English language.

The Aphasia Software Finder team

The original idea came from Nicole Campbell, a Trustee of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, and a key member of the team since the website’s inception. Dr Brian Petheram, IT and aphasia specialist, from the Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit in Bristol was crucial to the original design of the website, as well as its continuing development. Sarah Woodward (independent speech and language therapist who specialises in aphasia and computer therapy) analyses all the software and has been involved with the development of the website from the beginning. Her wide experience is invaluable.

Circle Interactive helped develop the current website, which they host and maintain.

Thank you

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia and the ASF team would like to thank The Eranda Rothschild Foundation for their generous support for this project.

The team would also like to thank the people with aphasia and to other researchers who gave us feedback and advice during the development of this resource, including Linda Worrall, Speakeasy, Dyscover, Tanya Rose, Rebecca Palmer and Bristol Area Stroke Foundation.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia would like to thank Benjamin Shine for kindly designing and donating the logo for The Aphasia Software Finder.