by Andrea Atticks, MA, CCC-SLP
Haven’t heard of Constant Therapy, made by The Learning Corp? You have now, and it may well become your go-to cognitive and speech therapy app for working with clients with stroke, aphasia, traumatic brain injury and learning disabilities.
This iOS/Android-compatible app offers 70-plus dynamic therapy modules (100,000 exercises completed and growing) targeting speech, language and cognitive skills. The exercises include color photographs (not pictographs) and voice recordings. The app was developed by scientific advisors from Boston University and its Sargent College of health and rehabilitation sciences. Developers included experts in aphasia, learning disabilities and autism.
Clients can access a 15-day free trial of homework by logging in with the username and password created by the clinician. Clinicians can also monitor clients’ progress at home. (The company offers other plans for clinicians, educators and researchers interested in using the app for data and research.) Constant Therapy offers technical support via email and a toll-free phone number.
The app is easy to navigate for both the clinician and client. Tasks are arranged under two main categories: language and cognitive. Levels of difficulty range from the most basic (for example, spoken word comprehension, sound identification and rhyming) to high-level activities involving auditory comprehension and executive planning (for example, number patterns, map reading and voicemail messages). Constant Therapy uses a NeuroPerformance engine to increase or decrease the level of task difficulty based on client performance metrics.
As clients consistently hit performance milestones, the app introduces new, more challenging tasks. The new stimulus items keep clients engaged, motivated and progressing toward meeting specific goals.
Constant Therapy continuously tracks your client’s progress—a helpful tool for planning treatment and writing objectives. Three tabs on the home screen supply comprehensive data about the client’s progress, performance and usage for each of 60-plus therapy modules.
Although the data and tracking features of this app are noteworthy, it is truly the range of exercises and the ability to provide clients with unlimited carryover exercises that make this app a standout.
Author Andrea Atticks, MA, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor and clinical supervisor at Loyola University in Maryland. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.