Language Trainer was created specifically to help individuals improve their mastery of spoken language.
Picture Naming, Divergent Naming, and Sentence Completion all provide a built-in Audio Recorder to encourage and assist with fluency, self-monitoring, and skill discussion.
Language Trainer was designed to assist in language therapy by utilizing technology to present pictures, phrases, and sentences to clients while collecting data. Language Trainer was created specifically to help individuals improve their mastery of spoken language. Language Trainer is ideal for those individuals who struggle with aphasia1, 2 and specific language impairment, 4, as well as for English Language Learners.
Language Trainer is designed for single-player use. From the home page the adult has the choice of selecting Support, Report, or Practice. Tap Support to watch the video tutorial, contact the developers, and back-up to iTunes. Tap report to see the data gathered for each client. A simple tap on the Practice button will bring the adult the list of clients and allow the activities to begin. Once the client is selected, a choice of activities is displayed.
Activities include: Picture Identification, Picture Naming, Divergent Naming and Sentence Completion.
Both Picture Identification and Picture Naming have high-quality pictures displayed on the screen. In Picture Identification, an audio prompt encourages the client to select the correct picture. In Picture Naming, there is no audio prompt and the client must supply the picture name. For Divergent Naming the client is asked to name items within a category; while Sentence Completion requires the user to complete the phrase or sentence. Each level increases in task complexity to provide and encourage a deeper level of understanding of language.
1. Drew, R., & Thompson, C. (1999). Model-based semantic treatment for naming deficits in aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research Vol.42 972-989 August 1999.
2. Chapey, R., Rigrodsky, S., & Morrison, E., (1976). Dive rgent semantic behavior in aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 19, 664-677.
3. Leonard, L., & Nippold, M., Kail, R., & Hale, C. (1983), Picture naming in language-impaired children. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 26, 609-615.
4. Sheng, L., & McGregor, K. (2010). Object and action naming in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53, 1704-1719.