I’m adding to enhance my blogging to include app reviews. Not only will I start reviewing apps (officially) on my blog for dysphagia apps, I will also include some cognitive, language, etc apps.
My first review? Of course it has to be Dysphagia by NSS
What it is: A teaching tool that can be used for families, healthcare professionals, students and SLPs. This app can help as a visual tool in teaching the mechanics of the swallow.
Price: $9.99 ($3.99 for only the normal swallow version called Normal Swallow)
System: iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)
This app is simple to use, offers amazing graphics and creates a new, animated teaching tool for SLPs educating others in dysphagia.
When you first open the app, you have a picture of the lateral view of the oropharyngeal region called Normal Swallow, Lateral View.
At the bottom of the screen is a play button (the little arrow pointing to the right by the white turning blue line). Above the line is a purple rectangle that tells you what percentage speed you are playing the video. You can touch that rectangle and change the speed of the app from 1% to 100% depending on how fast or slow you want the app to run.
Normal Swallow, Lateral View
Normal Swallow, AP View
Example of Penetration with Aspiration
Impairment of Bolus Transport
Impairment of Initiation of Pharyngeal Swallow
Impairment of Anterior Hyoid Excursion
Impairment of Laryngeal Vestibular Closure
Impairment of Pharyngeal Contraction
Impairment of PES Opening
Impairment of Tongue Base Retraction
Pros of this app:
It offers excellent graphics to teach a swallow and the components of the swallow. If you have taken the MBSImP course, you will recognize the animations.
It’s very easy to slow down or speed up the rate of the play of video to enhance learning for all viewers.
It’s easier to show patients and healthcare professionals the swallow process and easier than a traditional swallow study video to visualize the components of the swallow.
Cons of the app:
It is limited to a few swallow deficits. You can’t show your patient their true swallow using this app, however it would be impossible to have that function!!
This is an excellent app to add to your dysphagia technological toolbox!! It is excellent for students, patients, families, caregivers and SLPs that are not familiar with MBSS to demonstrate the function of the swallow.
My grade: A