S1:E17 Integrating Technology in Aphasia Therapy with Megan Sutton MS, CCC-SLP (C)

The idea that conversation matters. The ability to have a conversation with another human being is the most functional, meaningful goal we can work on.
— megan sutton ms, ccc-slp (c)

Megan Sutton joins us for episode 17 to discuss how we can integrate technology when working with persons with aphasia (PWA). Megan is a fountain of information and knowledge on aphasia therapy and gives great tips and resources in our talk. Megan is the creator of the Tactus therapy apps for adult rehab. Learn more in our talk about fabulous resources for aphasia rehab, such as SCA - supported conversations for adults.

And that’s what I would encourage people to do; is reach out to the people who know and ask for guidance.
— Megan Sutton
the difference between training (family members) and education is so important
— Megan Sutton

Dig deeper with the following article

Stark, Brielle & A. Warburton, Elizabeth. (2016). Improved language in chronic aphasia after self-delivered iPad speech therapy. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 28. 1-14. 10.1080/09602011.2016.1146150.

Learn more about Brielle Stark PhD, the author of the above study and her continuing work at: Neural Research Lab at Indiana University.

Scientific Evidence that iPad Apps Work for Aphasia Therapy - a discussion on the merits of the above article.

*Protip: Use Google Scholar to search articles and find a PDF version. Copy and paste the title in Google Scholar and if the article is accessible, there will be a link in the right margin of the search results page.

Megan’s resources & links

All things Megan

 Tactus Therapy: If you’re not already familiar with Megan’s therapy apps - start here. The apps are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Healing the Broken Brain: Leading Experts Answer 100 Questions about Stroke Recovery. Book for families and individuals who had a stroke that Megan co-authored. Learn more about the book by clicking here.

Listen and watch Megan provide CEU courses via MedBridge.

Megan provides mentorship via the paid membership site: MedSLP Collective.

resources discussed in the episode

3 Ways to Integrate Apps into Aphasia Therapy with the Aphasia Technology Framework

Megan’s guide to implementing VNeST with and without technology.

The full How To Series (includes multiple evidence based practices for treating aphasia and cognitive deficits.)

ANCDS - Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences

ANCDS Conference: Occurs annually prior to the ASHA conference! Go meet the exceptional practitioners paving the way for us to follow.


SCA: Supported Conversations for Adults; the overview. Also, FREE online training for SCA!

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Megan Sutton for providing the article and website links for the show notes! What an amazing collection of resources!!!


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