What it is: An app that can be used as an AAC device so that the patient can communicate about their swallowing difficulty.
System: iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)
SmallTalk Dysphagia is an app designed for patients to use to communicate about their swallowing disorder.
SmallTalk Dysphagia offers a variety of pre-recorded phrases that relate to a patient’s swallowing difficulty.
The app also offers 4 videos that will first tell the technique required to swallow and then show a video demonstrating the technique. You find this at the main menu by selecting Videos rather than Icons. The videos are available for the Mendelsohn, the Supraglottic Swallow, the Super-Supraglottic Swallow and the Effortful Swallow. The videos can not only be used as a reminder of how to complete each exercise, but can serve as an instructional video for care-givers and other professionals as well.
It’s a nice app and can serve a great purpose, however it cannot be personalized to a specific patient. The patient would have to scroll through every phrase available to find the phrase they need.