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
S1 Ep. 1 Talking is only one way of communicating: Ashley Tindall tells her story as a brain injury survivor
In this very first episode, Ashley Tindall talks about her story as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. She talks about her upcoming book: "The Way I See Things", authored by herself and her mother. Ashley also talks about the physical and communication difficulties she encountered post injury and her journey to recovery. She also talks about communication being way more than just talking and listening. Today she is 18 years post injury and is a true success story as a University graduate, advocate for TBI, book author and much more! Have a listen.
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.