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Following the success of Comprehension TherAppy, Writing TherAppy, and Naming TherAppy is the long awaited fourth member of the family: Reading TherAppy. We here at iSPeak App have time and again lauded the beauty, usability, and intuitiveness of Tactus Therapy Solutions‘ apps, thus, needless to say, we had high expectations for Reading TherAppy. However, this early into our review, we must say right away that Tactus Therapy did not disappoint!
Naturally, one must keep in mind that given the app’s name, reading comprehension was what the app is after, so we did not expect sounds nor voice prompts. The developers’ webpage also made it clear in the app’s description. For anybody who has used either Comprehension TherAppy or Naming TherAppy, expect a similar look and layout on the app’s main screen. This time however, the theme color is red. There are four modes laid out for the user to choose from:
Tap on the main screen’s upper left corner and out pops the app’s instructions with brief descriptions about each mode, app settings, and credits plus contact details. Tap on the upper right corner of the app’s main screen and you access the Settings where you get to choose:
We started the app and immediately got busy completing phrases and sentences. Some of our co-therapists wanted to give the app a go and after a few minutes told the others about this latest therapy app. The advantage of working in a big private therapy clinic.
Naturally, no review of iSPeak App’s is ever complete without us taking the app out for a field test. Since our present caseload did not match the audience Reading TherAppy targetted, we were lucky to find one willing participant. A friend asked us to see her elderly father, Mr. M., and check his readiness for an iPad. After walking him through the iPad’s features, we set up Reading TherAppy in front of him and started him on Phrase Matching. When we saw how fast Mr. M. was going through each question, we changed the activity to Sentence Completion. As we watched him focus and process each picture and sentence, we gathered our thoughts about Reading TherAppy:
We were happiest about the following:
We realized that the app’s target clientele are those with intact reading prerequisite skills and can go unfazed by long words and sentences, because otherwise we wished that there were ways to select difficulty levels. Writing TherAppy had easy, medium, and hard modes built in. For Reading TherAppy, a similar system may be a welcome feature, especially if it can be used to:
Of course, one can always use small black plastic board cutouts to cover words and sentences (like we do) should there be a need to reduce the number of word and sentence choices.
Somewhere in the middle of the Sentence Completion activity, we realized that mode was set at 50 trials. Mr. M. remained on-task even as he passed Item # 32, which was amazing for someone who was said to tire a bit faster than usual. He worked on the iPad as if he’s had it for some time already, tapping on his chosen answers and reading each sentence carefully. Eventually, we commented, “It seems like you are liking the challenge here.” He gave us a big smile and said, “I am liking the sense of accomplishment!” Wow.
The special care and consideration that Tactus Therapy Solutions has given to each app they’ve created stood out in Reading TherAppy: clear and distinct photos, carefully selected reading stimuli and foils, challenging yet engaging reading comprehension activities, tasks that were appropriate for use by older kids and adults, and a rich database of categories to choose from. It is hard not to realize the amount of work that went into designing this app nor the special thought given to each item within it. It is clear that the developers had consciously kept in mind the numerous clients whom they hope this app could help. Reading TherAppy gave our friend Mr. M. the invaluable sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. One can only but imagine how many other individuals can feel the same just by using this app.