Hi! This is Megan from Tactus Therapy.
I got a really good question the other week. Somebody asked, “what’s the
difference between Language Therapy and Advanced Language Therapy?” So I want to
take some time today to show you the difference. First, let’s take a look at
Language Therapy. It’s our original four-in-one bundle for aphasia, and it
consists of four apps: Comprehension, Naming, Reading, and Writing. These are
the four apps that you’ll get inside Language Therapy. Then quickly I’ll
show you inside Advanced Language Therapy.
You also get four apps: Advanced Comprehension, Advanced Naming, Advanced
Reading, and Advanced Writing. The main difference is that in the Language
Therapy app, we focus on the word and phrase level. Let’s look at
Comprehension Therapy. Here you get three activities to Listen, Read, or Listen &
Read to single words. Let’s try Listen. You can choose Verbs, Adjectives, or
Nouns, or you can add your own items. App: “Paperclip”
Okay, the app says “paperclip”. We touch paperclip. “door” “city” “sweatshirt” We
got three in a row right, so it’s going to give us four options now. So “sweatshirt”,
but let’s see what happens if I get something wrong. “sweatshirt” I get to try
again. “skate” There’s a hint available that shows you the word, and you can
repeat: “skate.” And at the end, with all of our apps, you
get your results you can email them. You can try again or move on. So that’s
Comprehension Therapy. Advanced Comprehension Therapy looks at the
sentence level. This is the one inside Advanced Language. We can do Identify,
Build, or Follow. I’m gonna show you Identify on “Both” listen and read. There are
lots of different levels that you can choose from to adjust the difficulty.
We’ll just mix and match. “They washed the car.” This is a level 4
sentence: they washed the car. They wash dishes…he washes the car… there we go! “She
gives her a gift.” This is level 10. This involves pronouns. This is a more
challenging exercise than just finding the paperclip. We can listen again or I
can hit the snail button to listen slowly. “She gives her a gift” And I can
use the hint, which is going to eliminate all the options but the correct one. “She is sprayed by him.” Other activities
involve sentence building. “The girl pushes a cart.” The…girl…pushes…a…cart. “The
girl is pulling.” So you see how that works. And then the last activity is
following directions. We’ll do it just on Listen. “Before you touch the hat,
touch the pencil.” So before you touch the hat, touch the pencil. So we touch pencil
first, and then hat. “Touch the square.” This is level one, so it’s a lot easier. “Touch
the arrow after you touch the shirt.” “Touch the triangle.” Okay, so you get an
idea of what’s in Advanced Comprehension Therapy, so let’s go back and look at
Naming Therapy. This is within the original Language bundle. Naming
Therapy works on single word naming. The Naming Practice gives you a hierarchy of
cues that you can use and lots of different categories. Again we can add
our own items to the original Language apps, so this is a great place for you to
add a picture of family members, pets, and local places to really focus on
what matters to the person with aphasia. I’m just gonna cancel out of this, and we’ll work on some of the items that are
already included. “Spider.” Check correct. Okay, not sure what these are so I can
use the hints. “Do you wear clip-on or pierced… ear… earrings.” Okay, so this gives you things that you can name. Lizard. Necktie. Lips. Horse. Wallet. Okay. The app is going to track
which cues you use to get it right. Also within this app are some description
activities, so you can practice describing. “What type of thing is it?”
“Where does it live?” “How many beats does the word have?” “What does this rhyme with?” and this uses Semantic Feature Analysis and Phonological Component Analysis. In
Advanced Naming it’s not just harder words to name it’s actually different
exercises. So there’s the Create activity that uses something similar to the VNeST protocol which is the Verb Network Strengthening
protocol. There are also activities in Generate for generative naming, Compare
and contrast, and Describe. So lots of fun things that you can do here. I’ll show
you quickly in Compare. “How are these alike? How are they different?” You can
compare and contrast abstract concepts like knowledge and power, or simple
objects like a helicopter and an airplane. And you can adjust the
difficulty of this on that category screen. In the Describe section there are
lots of photos, lots of fun things that you can use lots of different vocabulary
to describe. The Create activity is a lengthier treatment protocol, as
I said that’s based on VNeST. “Let’s talk about the verb – wash.” “Who might wash
something?” and it takes you through all the steps you see at the top to come up
with subjects and objects of various verbs, that you then put into sentences – repeat back – and expand upon. This is something that is highly effective for
people with mild to moderate aphasia. “What would they wash?” There are
multiple choice options within this app. You can change the tense of the verb if
you like, and these buttons on the side are for the therapists to score, and
those can be removed if you like in the Settings. Okay now, let’s go back to the
original Language Therapy. We have an app called Reading Therapy. Now, you can
practice reading single words within Comprehension Therapy or use Reading
Therapy for phrases and sentences. So we’ll just turn them all on. This is
‘black satin.’ If we want a hint we can turn on the speakers and listen. “Shake
hands.” “Clap your hands.” So there we have a
phrase matching exercise. We also have sentence matching and sentence
completion. ‘Ouch I stubbed my… toe.’ And you can limit this to just two
selections, three selections, or four. So you see the level within the regular
Language Therapy. Let’s go back to Advanced Language Therapy and see what we get in Advanced Reading there. We get Level 1, 2, and 3, and these are paragraph
level reading exercises. So text messages, letters, news articles…
Let’s try ‘Long Lanes.’ Here we have an advertisement for a show. We can play it
aloud. “Long Lanes. ‘Long Lanes’ is a hit! Its third season starts this spring.” We can
read word by word. “Spring… The… first… show…” Or sentence by sentence. “is on Friday, May 6th.” Or we can just touch a word – “Tickets” – to hear it aloud. We can adjust the font
size, the line spacing, and the rate of speech, and when we’ve read the paragraph, we can start the quiz. How well did we understand? Mostly. Okay ‘Long Lanes is a… theater show.’ ‘How many shows will there be?’ Well I don’t really remember so I’m
gonna look back, and it looks like there’s going to be ten shows. ‘How much
are the tickets?’ Oh I’m gonna take a hint. Okay $25 for adults. Students are $20. There
we go, and then we’re gonna move on. So that’s a Level 1 passage. A Level 3
passage might be something much longer like a recipe, or it could be a joke, or
even the first chapter of an open source book – public domain book. But there’s lots of different articles in here. All with word
counts and the Level 3 passages have five questions each. So you can see, a lot
harder than the original reading exercise. Okay – Writing Therapy. Same
thing. In the original app, we have Fill in the Blank, Copy, Spell What You See for
single words. Q-U-E-S-T-I N-O… Check our answer… O-N “question” Okay, so we’re
working on adjectives here, so pretty straightforward exercise. And then within
Advanced Language we have a writing app as well, but this one works on a variety
of other skills such as typing sentences that you hear at various
levels. “I feel the same way” “let’s not do that again” We’ll use the hint. “let’s not do that again” And it’ll show
you where you made a mistake. There are also much longer writing passages as
well as working on matching the sounds to letters…”R” “N” “L” “Lime”… using a keyword
approach. You can try all of these activities in both apps
with the free Lite version. You just download Language Therapy Lite or
Advanced Language Therapy Lite and you’ll get a sample of about five items
per app that you can try out just to see how it works so you’ll know the
difference between the apps. And then you can buy the full version individually, so
you can buy just Comprehension Therapy, or you can buy Language Therapy. And you
get a discount when you buy the 4-in-1 versus the four apps individually.
It’s basically a “buy 3 get 1 free” deal and that’s going on all the time.
If you have any questions about Language Therapy or Advanced Language Therapy,
please leave them in the comments or let me know and I’ll try to answer them for you.
But you can see that you get very different levels of exercise at the word
level in Language Therapy and at the sentence and paragraph level in Advanced Language Therapy. Thanks for watching!