Introducing a powerful new aphasia therapy tool for iPad
What is Cuespeak?
Cuespeak is a new Speech and Language Therapy workstation for iPad featuring a suite of therapy exercises produced in the UK by a specialist in aphasia, a communication disability caused by stroke and other neurological disorders.
Cuespeak is designed for use both by clinicians and by people with aphasia. The exercises are suitable for adults with moderate-severe aphasia, including those diagnosed with apraxia of speech and those with associated cognitive problems.
Research has shown clearly that people can benefit from therapy even years after the onset of their aphasia, so length of time post-onset is not an issue.
How is Cuespeak used?
Cuespeak can be used both with and without a therapist present. The ideal scenario is to start a session with a specialist speech and language therapist, who will configure the programme to the individual’s needs. The person with aphasia will then use the app for independent practice until the next session with the therapist.
However we realise that not everyone can access professional help, so Cuespeak is also designed for completely independent use. The settings menu contains presets which simplify the process of configuring the app for when no therapist is available.
How is Cuespeak different?
The exercises in Cuespeak feature a large amount of spoken feedback on errors and spoken cues to facilitate spoken word production. They are also highly customisable to the needs of each individual. The programme allows the user to organise exercises into sessions which run automatically at the single press of a button. And there is humour!
What are the exercises like, and what do they cover?
The therapy exercises in Cuespeak address a wide range of difficulties with word finding and sentence processing, covering semantics, phonology and mapping. Exercises are designed to be enjoyable to carry out, with smatterings of gentle humour here and there.
Most exercises use an interactive question and answer format, with a range of help available for when the questions prove difficult to answer. There is spoken feedback on errors and spoken cues designed to help elicit words and sentences. Exercises are customisable to individual needs, using a wide range of psycholinguistic parameters.