As you may have noticed, I am quite passionate about speech therapy with adults. To be honest, every now and then people around me actually ask me to stop and talk about something else. Some of them seem to think it would be a good idea not to look at the world through "How I Can Use This in Therapy?" glasses all the time. Weird, huh?
Anyways, our love for sharing ideas seems to be quite popular with students and SLP:s who are new to aphasia. And we love it! We have students visit our clinic for demos, we supervise students and of course, we love to talk about things they observe in patients. This has led to quite a few people contacting us with questions when they get to the Hands on- phase of therapy with patients of their own.
The hard part comes when colleagues ask "What should I do, can you give me some exercises or examples of what to actually do with him/her next time we meet?". Now this might seem easy enough. But "Sure, here is a list of sentences I like to use when I target various things with my patients" just seems blunt. We like to explain Why, How and When we use certain materials and also encourage our colleagues to think about these things during therapy. So it's usually a loooong phone call..
A part of why we decided to start developing Sanapsis was that we wanted to reach out to colleagues and colleagues to be. We wanted to be able to have these discussions all the time! In the Instructions of each exercise in Sanapsis you will find our guidelines on Why, How and When about the exercise and also ideas on how to expand the task outside the iPad. Sometimes we encourage the clinician to use other materials then the iPad all together!
We also also provide ideas in Sanapsis where to go next and what to try when one particular idea does not work well with your patient. We like to think of our instructions as bouncing ideas between colleagues, as many times that is the best way to learn to understand your patient better.
You can have a quick look at the instructions in our video about the Key Features of Sanapsis. Have fun and contact me with any questions. Let's talk!