To get Cuespeak you need an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch device which can be connected to the internet. Go to the App Store by clicking the button below. Download the app and follow the tutorial videos, found in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.
The initial download is very small, about 40Mb.
Once installed Cuespeak will ask if you want to download the exercise content or run ‘online’. Downloading the content is recommended if you will be using Cuespeak in areas without reliable WiFi connections.
Currently, Cuespeak can be downloaded and used in its entirety free of charge. During the intitial development phase of Cuespeak we are inviting subscriptions to support the process. In a future release a new payment scheme will be introduced. This will include options to pay by monthly subscription or by annual licence fee.
At present Cuespeak is available only for iOS devices.
Cuespeak has been designed to run well in environments that don’t have WiFi connections. Cuespeak will download all of the exercise questions and supporting images and sounds and store them on your device. This is recommended for users that want to run Cuespeak while on the move.
If you know you will only use Cuespeak in an area that has a reliable WiFi connection, you can choose to run ‘online’. Images are loaded as they are needed. This will free up a lot of space on your device. Images may take longer to display depending on the speed of your internet connection.
An internet connection is always required to:
- View the tutorial videos
- Receive updated exercise material, issued weekly
- Watch the articulation videos
Since its beginnings in 2012, Cuespeak has always been developed in consultation with people with aphasia and trialled by a group of users. The app is constantly modified in response to this feedback.
Here is a selection of the literature which has informed the development of Cuespeak:
Best W., Greenwood A, Grassly J, Hickin J. Bridging the gap: can impairment-based therapy for anomia have an impact at the psycho-social level? International Jornal of Language and Communication Disorders. 2008 Jul-Aug;43(4): 390-407.
Boyle M. (2017) Semantic Treatments for Word and Sentence Production Deficits in Aphasia, Semin Speech Lang. 2017 Feb; 38(1):52-61.
Doedens, W.J., Meteyard, L. (2018). The importance of situated language use for aphasia rehabilitation: pre-print [https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/h3duq]
Edmonds LA, Mammino K, Ojeda J. (2014) Effect of Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) in persons with aphasia: extension and replication of previous findings. American Journal of Speech Lang Pathology. 2014 May;23(2):S312-29. doi: 10.1044/2014_AJSLP-13-0098.
Jones E.V. (1986) Building the foundations for sentence production in a non-fluent aphasic, British Journal of Disorders of Communication, 21:1, 63-82
Marshall, J. (2017). Therapy for people with jargon aphasia. In: Coppens, P. and Patterson, J.C. (Eds.), Aphasia Rehabilitation: Clinical Challenges. . USA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN 9781284042719
Palmer R. Hughes H. Chater T (2017) What do people with aphasia want to be able to say? A content analysis of words identified as personally relevant by people with aphasia; plos.org
Pulvermüller F1, Neininger B, Elbert T, Mohr B, Rockstroh B, Koebbel P, Taub E. Constraint-induced therapy of chronic aphasia after stroke. Stroke. 2001 Jul;32(7):1621-6.
Renvall K, Nickels L, Davidson B (2013) Functionally relevant items in the treatment of aphasia (part I): Challenges for current practice, Aphasiology, 27:6, 636-650
Thompson C. (20015) Treating agrammatic aphasia within a linguistic framework: Treatment of Underlying Forms, Aphasiology. 2005 Nov; 19(10-11): 1021–1036.
Webster J., Whitworth A., Morris J. (2015) Is it time to stop “fishing”? A review of generalisation following aphasia intervention, Aphasiology, 29:11, 1240-1264
Whitworth, A. Leitao S., Cartwright J. Webster J. & Hankey G. Zach J., Howard D. Wolz, V. (2015). NARNIA: a new twist to an old tale. A pilot RCT to evaluate a multilevel approach to improving discourse in aphasia. Aphasiology. 29. 1345-1382
Whitworth A., Webster J. (2015) Generalisation: exploring change across language levels, Aphasiology, 29:11, 1235-1239
We are very grateful to the European Regional Development Fund and the Swindon & Wiltshire Health & Life Science Innovation Hub for funding the current phase of development. The app is also part-funded by voluntary subscriptions.