There are multiple buttons to access menus on the Main Page including User Hub, Start, Users, Information, Settings, Connect, Tutorial, and Other Apps.
This menu, accessed via the "i" button, gives information on how to use the application, the intended populations it is to be used with, credits, links to Tactus Therapy on social media, a link to sign up for their e-mail newsletter, a link to the iTunes store to view their other applications, Tactus Therapy's contact e-mail for support/feedback, a disclaimer, and the ability to turn on/off data collection.
Press the "Tutorial" button on the Main Page to view a photo album tutorial. Swipe left or right, or press the previous/next buttons to view the various slide tutorials. Each slide of the "Tutorial" has an image and textual instructions for each portion of the application.
If video tutorials are more helpful for you to visualize how to use the application, Tactus Therapy Solutions has a tutorial on Youtube which you can view here:
Press the "Connect" button to reveal a pop-up menu which allows the user to follow Tactus Therapy Solutions on social media including Facebook and Twitter, sign up for an e-newsletter, and review the application on iTunes.
Press the "Other Apps" text to view Tactus Therapy Solutions' other applications in the iTunes app store.
Press the gear button in the upper right hand corner of the Main Page to access the "Settings" Menu.
There are six different options to change the settings for:
- Number of Trials - Choose between 5, 10, 20, 30, or All for the amount of trials the client will practice.
- Content - Determine whether you would like the topics/images to be geared towards/appropriate for children, teens, or adults by pressing one of the corresponding buttons.
- Scoring Sounds - You can choose between default, clicks, or no sounds when scoring client responses with the app.
- Links - Turn on and off links on the Main Page via the on/off switch.
- Customize Database - This allows the user to adapt the content to his or her clients' needs. Content will be categorized/organized related to the overall topic categories. These include:
- Arts and Culture
- Money and Politics
- Safety and Problems
Press the "+" button to expand the category you would like to customize. You can check the specific topic if you would like it to appear during overall application play or uncheck it if not. Each specific topic will show its title, whether it is set to appear for children, teens and/or adults, and the image. If you would like to change the text for any question, or the levels in which it will appear, press the pencil "edit" button to the left of the title. Tap in the text box of what you wish to edit and type via the keyboard. Adjust the minimum age level at the bottom if you choose by pressing "child", "teen", or "adult". If "child" is pressed, this image and its questions will appear for all age levels. If "teen" is pressed, then it will only show for teens and adults. If "adult" is pressed, it will show for adults only. If you had edited an item in the past and want to reset the item to its default, press "Reset to Default" in the left corner or the circular button next to the item on the Customize the Content Menu. You can also choose to deselect all items and only select the ones you want by pressing the "Deselect All" checkbox. You can also reset all content to default by pressing the "Reset to Default" button on the Customize the Content Menu.
To begin application play, either choose the "Guest" profile to play without the application saving data or press the "Add New User" to create a user profile to use with the application if you do not have a user already added. After pressing "Add New User", a menu will appear in the middle of the screen to type the users' name, notes, and check boxes next to the type of questions to be asked. If all questions types are unchecked, then only images will appear to discuss. After you have set up the users' profile, press "Done". Then, choose the user's profile(s) (up to six) of whom you wish to use the application by pressing on his or her name (a check box will appear next to the users' name). Finally, press the "Start" button.
The next screen that will appear allows the therapist to choose the categories of topics to discuss with the client (noted above in the "Settings") by checking the boxes next to topics to be discussed. You can also select/deselect all by checking/un-checking the box next to the text at the bottom of the screen. Once you have chosen the topics to be discussed, press the right arrow button.
An image will appear in the middle of the screen with different question buttons on the side. Each image stands for a different type of question:
- Describe (Eye) - The user must describe the image or what is happening in the image.
- Define (Book) - The user must "describe essential elements of more complex concepts" by further describing
- Remember (Thought Bubble) - Asks the user to recall previous experiences in his or her own life related to the image.
- Decide (Arrows pointing different ways from a persons' head) - Asks the user a question which causes him or her to choose an opinion and discuss why he or she chose the opinion.
- Feel (Drama Masks) - Asks the user to state how the characters in the photo are feeling or how he or she would feel if the circumstance in the image happened to him or her.
- Infer (Magnifying Glass) - Has the user make an inference about the photo.
- Predict (Crystal Ball) - Has the user predict what will happen next after the photo had occurred.
- Narrate (Microphone) - The user must use the photo as a story starter in a written or spoken narrative.
- Evaluate (Scale) - Has the user use critical thinking skills to evaluate information given about a photo.
- Brainstorm (Brain With Multiple Arrows) - The user must name items within a given category related to the photo.
The user must press on one of the question buttons to view the text of the question or press it twice to view the text of the question type. After the question is shown, it can be scored at the top underneath the client's name. Press the green check mark if the question is answered correctly, the yellow squiggly lines button if partially correct, or the red "x" button if incorrect. Once the question has been answered and a score has been given, the question button for the one answered will appear faded due to being completed.
You can then choose another question for the user to answer by pressing on another question type button or press an arrow button at the bottom of the screen to view a new photo and its questions.
If you are using the application with a group, each persons' name chosen (up to six) will appear at the top of the screen. To switch users, press on the user's name of whom you would like to answer questions and press the scoring buttons beneath his or her name. If you have a particular sound set to play upon scoring chosen in the "Settings" menu, it will play when a scoring button has been pressed. Finally, on the right hand side of the screen, a progress bar is shown. This displays the trial/photo the user is currently on out of the total number of trials/photos.
Once all of the trials have been completed, a Results screen will appear. This will show each user's name and the amount of questions correctly answered, approximate, or incorrect out of the total number of trials presented as well as a percentage and colored bar graph. You can e-mail the results of the session by pressing the "E-mail Results" button. This will open a pop-up e-mail form from the Mail application, and you must have WiFi or 3G access to send the e-mail. A paragraph description of the session as well as a chart which shows the type of questions answered and the fraction and percentage of correct, approximate, and incorrect answers with a bar graph. Press "Done" to complete the session.
To access user data collected on a particular client who has used the application, press the "User Hub" button on the Main Page. You will then see the users names on the left hand side of the page in a list. Press the pencil button if you wish to edit the user's name, write notes, change the question topics to be presented, delete sessions, or delete the user. To view the results for a particular client, press on his or her name to highlight it. His or her results will appear in a list on the right hand side of the page. Results will be sorted by date and time. The overall score from each session will show as a fraction and percentage will an e-mail button and delete button to the right. To view more specific results, press the individual session to view the amount of questions correctly answered, approximate, or incorrect out of the total number of trials presented as well as a percentage and colored bar graph for each topic. If there has been more than one session completed by a user, you can view a graph by pressing the "Graph" button. E-mail all results by pressing the "E-mail" button at the top of the Results page, or e-mail an individual session by pressing on the e-mail button next to the session's date. You can also add new users in the User Hub menu.
What I Like About This Application:
- Just like all of Tactus Therapy Solutions' applications, this application and its content are very clean, it uses high-quality real-life images, and the coloring and framing throughout the application is consistent. This makes everything in the application easy to view and read for those with vision impairments.
- I like the settings for the application so that one can use it with multiple clients and also change the settings as a client improves or as different question types are worked on. In addition, some of the content may be inappropriate for a child or a particular user, so it is great that not only can you set the application to be used with a child, teen, or adult, but also change the database to deselect or edit particular content.
- It is great that you can turn off some of the links ot social media and the iTunes app store to prevent a user from accessing that content or exiting the app.
- Having a tutorial within the application is helpful, especially since it zooms in on and points to important sections.
- You can adjust the number of trials depending on the length of the session.
- The ability to e-mail results makes therapy so much easier because you can focus your time on explaining why different choices were correct or incorrect and actually teach rather than have to teach and write down results. In addition, you can use the graphs in reports and at meetings to show client progress.
- Being able to have multiple user profiles and save their information session to session is amazing! In addition, I love being able to see client progress on a graph to determine what areas I need to focus on or goals the client has completed!
- The application has over 300 photographs with 10 questions per photograph, which means you can use it over and over again!
- Tactus Therapy Solutions is currently working on making the application include Zulu translation!
- I love that one can customize questions, but it would be even more amazing if you could add your own photos as well! This would be great because one could add photos related to the clients' life, political topics in his or her area, social topics specific to him or her, etc.
- I would like to be able to label a client as "child", "teen", or "adult" for content so that I do not have to remember to switch the setting each time and also be able to customize by client.
- It would be great to be able to hear narration for each question or to be able to record a client's answer via the microphone; however, that would likely cost a lot of money to implement which would increase the price of the application and also it would most likely increase the size of the application.
- Articulation/Fluency/Voice - Have the user read the questions aloud using appropriate speech sounds, vocal strategies, or fluency strategies.
- Categorization - The "Brainstorm" question type asks the user to name at least three items in a given category (uses generative naming, semantic organization, and memory skills to work on this).
- Critical Thinking - You can use either the "Decide" or "Evaluate" to focus on critical thinking skills. These question types can also be used to discuss facts and opinions as well as spark up a debate in a group setting.
- Expressive Language - Using the "Describe" question type, the user will have to come up with a description of what is going on in the picture. Using the "Narrate" question type, the user must come up with a narrative/story about a given topic/image when given a story starter. In addition, responses to many of the other question types involve expressive language skills, but are better to be stated as working on more specific or higher-language skills rather than the overall concept of expressive language.
- Emotions - The "Feel" question type has the user determine how an individual or group of individuals might feel based on a subject matter and their facial expressions. It also might ask how the user might feel about a particular situation.
- Inferences - Use the "Infer" or "Predict" question types to have the client answer questions draw conclusions and make inferences from a photo about what is happening or what will happen next.
- Memory - Use the "Remember" question type to have the user recall an experience or narrative related to his or her own life on the questions' topic.
- Receptive Language - The "Define", "Describe", "Decide", "Evaluate", and "Brainstorm" question types all involve using prior knowledge and vocabulary to make decisions about and representations of what is going on in the picture or topic.
- Social Communication - Many of the topics and questions are related to social situations, problem solving, emotions, social inferencing, reading body language, and perspective taking.
- Vocabulary - Use the "Define" and "Describe" question types to have users work on vocabulary skills. You can even edit questions that go with photos to include classroom vocabulary.
Conversation TherAppy is available for the iPod Touch and iPad for $24.99. You can also give Conversation TherAppy Lite a try for free.
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