I hope you find this useful. This page contains information for people with aphasia, friends and family, as well as speech and language therapists. There are links to videos and resources explaining what aphasia is by people with aphasia, as well as apps that clients or other colleagues have found useful.
Videos by people with aphasia, about living with aphasia
‘The Fence Painter’ is a beautiful video made by Ian Duffy and his wife Alice Duffy, all about his journey discovering his new identity as someone with aphasia.
What is Aphasia? This is a video made by a group of people who have aphasia working together at The University of Newcastle. They want to help people understand what aphasia is and are rightly proud of this video.
Here is a link to SymphUK a YouTube channel started by Sarah Scott and her mother Joanne. Sarah had a stroke that resulted in aphasia ages 18, whilst reading aloud in an English class. Follow this link to find a series of videos they filmed together charting her progress over the years:
Better Conversations with Aphasia (BCA) University College London
Designed by the BCA Team at UCL this free e-learning resource explains what conversations are, how aphasia can impact on them and gives access to the complete therapy programme. If you want to see Firle actually doing conversation therapy- videos of her completing BCA sessions are in this resource!
Examples of Therapy Apps
Before you purchase any therapy apps discuss whether they are suitable for you with your speech and language therapist . Some therapy apps are free, some require a one-off payment while others are accessible via a monthly subscription. Apps are there to supplement a tailored approach from a qualified speech and language therapist and their use can boost the intensity of a therapy programme. Finally, please not this is not an exhaustive list and Firleb Therapies does not have any personal or financial investments in any of the apps mentioned here.
An excellent resource for identifying aphasia software is the Tavistock Aphasia Software finder: https://www.aphasiasoftwarefinder.org
CueSpeak– this is a free therapy tool available via the Apple i-store. It is currently free, and use should be guided by a speech and language therapist. It is currently only suitable for i-pads, but contains a huge number of speech and language therapy exercises for people experiencing aphasia. Below is a video demonstrating it’s functions.
Tactus Therapy– Tactus has a variety of therapy apps. You can download the ‘lite’ versions to trial with your speech and language therapist and if suitable the full versions start from £69.99. There website is here: https://tactustherapy.com
Constant Therapy– This app has a free 14 day trial, and your speech and language therapist can tailor a therapy programme that you can access on your i-phone or i-pad. After the 14 day trial should you decide to continue using it, it is available for $25 a month.
Other apps useful for everyday living with aphasia
See AI– this is a free app for the i-phone. Designed to help people with poor vision, this app uses you phone’s camera to reads aloud any short text you come across during the day e.g. menus, shop signs, adverts, flyers etc. Great when reading is impacted by aphasia.
MakeWrite– Co-designed by people with aphasia and researcher at City University this is a free app that helps people wit aphasia re access creative writing! Brilliant for anyone who wants to get imaginative with what they have to say. Below is a video about how the app was created:
Local Aphasia Support Groups
A fantastic Sussex based charity founded by Colin Lyall a Hove resident who had a stroke and continues to live well with aphasia. Colin has set up a number of Aphasia drop-in groups.
Groups include: Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing, Chichester and Crawley.
There website is here:https://www.sayaphasia.org
Or you can phone them: 07796 143118
Or email them: firstname.lastname@example.org