Welcome to Aptus Speech and Language Therapy

using technology to facilitate learning and recovery
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Our Mission

Our mission is to develop a range of speech and language therapy apps for adults and children with communication difficulties that can be used in clinic and at home to facilitate learning and rehabilitation.
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App Portfolio

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Keyword Understanding

Keyword Understanding works on the understanding of the concepts of size and colour, and one and two-step directions of increasing difficulty. It also targets the child or adult’s ability to follow directions which include the words before/after.

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Speech Pacesetter

The Speech Pacesetter app is designed specifically for people who have imprecise articulation and a fast rate of speech due to stroke, brain injury, acquired stuttering and Parkinson’s disease.
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Conversation Paceboard

Conversation Paceboard is designed to help adults with imprecise articulation and a fast speaking rate to pace their speech and improve their intelligibility in conversation.  The visual cues make it a modern pacing board with a motivating difference.
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Verb Trainer

Verb Trainer is  designed for adults with aphasia and older children with special needs who have difficulty retrieving action words/verbs. It is based on the evidence-based treatment approach of errorless learning and includes over 100 high-quality verb pictures.
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Noun Trainer Home

Noun Trainer includes over 100 high-quality pictures of items commonly found in the home, an in-built adjustable errorless learning treatment program as well as a naming test.

Noun Trainer Personal

Noun Trainer Personal includes over 100 high-quality pictures of objects that a person may own, an in-built adjustable errorless learning treatment program as well as a naming test.
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Turtle Talk

Turtle Talk is an app designed for children who have a fast rate of speech and imprecise articulation. Unlike traditional pacing boards, Turtle Talk offers fun visual cues to help your child/client to pace their speech.
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Speech Pacesetter Lite

See for yourself how effective visual and sound cues can be in helping individuals pace their rate of speech, for FREE! Speech Pacesetter Lite gives you a sample of what is included in Speech Pacesetter.

Keyword Understanding Lite

A free trial of Keyword Understanding, this lite version has nearly full functionality for a limited number of objects and colors, allowing you to see how effective Keyword Understanding can be in helping adults and children with auditory and written comprehension difficulties.

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Testimonials

I used this during high school speech and language therapy today for the first time and I was blown away by the progress my students exhibited using this tool.
By SLMP on Conversation Paceboard March 12 2014
I’ve tried this app with several children on my caseload and I have to admit that having fun and concrete visuals have helped my clients significantly.
Smart Speech Therapy LLC on Turtle Talk. April 17 2013
This app is great for children with processing difficulties which need to improve their ability to follow directions with a variety of embedded concepts.
Smart Speech Therapy LLC on Keyword Understanding

This affordable app brings a novel way of carrying out pacing therapy for adult speech and language therapists.

Mike Richards, Speech Language Solutions blog on Speech Pacesetter

If you work with people with dysarthria, Parkinson’s, or other clients who need to slow their rate of speech, Conversation Paceboard is a wonderful app to add to your toolkit.

Megan Sutton, Speaking of Apps blog on Conversation Paceboard

Every child I have used it with has been very engaged by the lovely, brightly-coloured pictures, and has quite happily kept on listening and following the instructions.

Helen Coleman, Speech Blog UK on Keyword Understanding
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I am a Canadian SLP with many PD and PD+ clients in my caseload. Some speak excessively fast or stutter. I have found the Conversation Paceboard to be quite helpful in teaching a slower rate of speech and better clarity. My clients seem to enjoy this app as it gives immediate feedback when they speed up (Too Quick). As well they seem to find it more fun and modern than a traditional pacing board. Well done!
Bonnie Bereskin, M. Ed. September 10 2014
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News

App Resources

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the UK has published their CQ Live resource on apps. Our app designer, Lorraine Curran was the lead author of this resource on apps. The resource provides information on buying, finding and evaluating... read more

iPad Justification Letter

iPads and apps for speech and language therapy are valuable tools in our profession. Unfortunately, not every department has access to iPads and apps for use with patients. This justification letter is intended for use by speech therapists in the UK working with adult... read more

What is an information-carrying word?

An information-carrying word is a word which a child or adult needs to understand in a sentence in order to carry out an instruction. For a word to be an information-carrying word, there must be an alternative choice and there must not be any clues from context such... read more

The Virtual World of Eva Park

I recently had the opportunity to attend an EVA Park Open Day at City University, London where I was introduced to a fun private virtual world for people with aphasia. EVA Park was created at City University London and is funded by the Stroke Association. After an... read more

What Are Temporal Directions?

The term Temporal Directions refers to the concepts of before and after. For example: “Before you touch the balloon, touch the cushion” and “Touch the balloon before you touch the flower.” Temporal Directions can be difficult for children to... read more
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Meet Us

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Lorraine Curran, Speech Therapist & Founder

Lorraine has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the National Health Service (NHS) in the South East of England and now works on an acute neuro-rehabilitation unit in a private London hospital. She specialises in adults with acquired neurological conditions (i.e. Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease). Lorraine has acted as a consultant to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists on matters of technology.
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Stephen Courtney, iOS developer

Stephen is a Software Engineer with ten years experience in the games industry. He has previously worked on top PC and console franchises such as The Sims, Need For Speed and Silent Hill, and is a founding member of Space Ape Games where he has developed highly successful iOS and Android games such as Samurai Siege and Rival Kingdoms.

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