I'm very excited about this brand new season of The Parlé Podcast and I'm happy to kick start it with Megan Sutton from British Colombia, Canada! Megan is a speech-language pathologist and the director and app designer for Tactus Therapy, a leading developer of apps founded in 2011 for adult speech and language therapy. She has worked with adults in acute and various other settings with acquired communication and swallowing disorders with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of aphasia. Join us as Megan talks to us about how these apps can be used to help bridge the gap between the work that is done in therapy sessions with a speech-language pathologist and home practice for people with aphasia. However, we mention during the episode that many of these apps can be used with preteens and teens as well.
Here is a link to the apps on the Apple store. However, you can find all the information you need for each app on the Tactus Therapy website.
To hear more about how to incorporate apps into your therapy or your rehabilitation, Megan has two workshops available on Medbridge which can be found at:
During the podcast, we talk about a very useful resource for speech-language pathologists, "Setting Goals for Aphasia Therapy". Click here to download your very own copy of the e-book.
Megan talks about the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) group. More information can be found here. They also have a Facebook page with over 8400 members to help provide support for people who have aphasia and their family members.
Aphasia Access is also a great website if you want to find out more about the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.
During the episode, I refer to the episode with Barbara Collier from CDAC (although I mess up the long form of that acronym during the recording). Here is the link to that episode.
A few documentaries on Aphasia or acquired brain injury are discussed and I'm happy to share with you that they can easily be accessed:
Aphasia The Movie
My Beautiful Broken Brain
Speech Mythologist...Speech Pterodactyl...Cheap Therapist? Say What? With Lauren Hermann @speechstories
In my 17 years as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), I must have had to explains over a gazillion times what it is that I do. Turns out that Lauren Hermann, SLP from California USA, has had the same "problem". She and I met over Instagram (Lauren's handle is: @speechstories) and so I asked her to be a guest on The Parlé Podcast. This podcast is about what we do as SLPs and about her upcoming book. That's right! Lauren is writing this super cool book that you might be able to be a part of. There are many fun facts in this episode so be sure to listen! Three YouTube videos are brought up during the episode so I have provided the links below in the order in which they are mentioned. Lauren also talks about a few websites/resources that she enjoys. I also added the link that takes you directly to her work stories on imagur:
2) Tactus Therapy
I talked about this great Netflix Documentary called "My Beautiful Broken Brain". Check it out!
Grab a coffee or a glass of wine or whatever and enjoy!
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.