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45 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury

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Revolutionary iOS apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury
Audible
Answers:YesNo
Awesome Memory
Behavior Tracker Pro
Breathe2Relax
Clear Record Premium
Concussion Recognition & Response
Corkulous Pro
Cozi Family Organizer
d2u Dictation and Transcription
DialSafe Pro
Dragon Dictation
Evernote
Find a Pharmacy
Find My iPhone
Flashcards Deluxe
iBooks with VoiceOver
ICE (In Case of Emergency)
iMazing
Index Card
Learning Ally Audio
Lumosity
MakeChange
Matrix Game
n-Back
Naming TherAppy
Penultimate
Pictello
Pic-Z Tag
Pocket SCAT2
Proloquo2Go
Proloquo 4 Text
PTSD Coach
Quick Talk AAC
SoundAMP
Spaced Retrieval TherAppy
T2 Mood Tracker
TextTwist
Today Screen
Unus Tactus
Verbally
Visual Schedule Planner
Voice4U
Voice Cards Are Not Flashcards
WordWarp
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Revolutionary iOS apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury

Revolutionary iOS apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury

Almost everyday, we hear of new applications (“apps”) developed for mobile devices for just about everything — from staying organized to finding pharmacies or restaurants while on the road. It’s hard to keep up.

The BrainLine team sifted through many resources to collect this list of iPhone, iTouch, and iPad apps that could be useful to people with a brain injury — and their families and caregivers.

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Updated 1/23/14

Audible

Audible

Listen to books on your Android device. Great for people who have trouble reading or who retain information more effectively by listening.

Helps With: Reading

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free

View Audible in the iTunes App Store

View Audible in the Google Play Store

Answers:YesNo

Answers:YesNo

Easy to use, affordable way for you to communicate with those around you if you are nonverbal. The app has two, large, color-coordinated buttons--one for yes, and one for no. Press either, and a voice will read you selection.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: $1.99

View Answers:YesNo in the iTunes App Store

Awesome Memory

Awesome Memory

Card game to help you improve your memory. All of the cards are laid face down on a surface and players take turns flipping two cards face up. The object of the game is to reveal pairs of matching cards. Similar to the traditional game of "concentration."

Helps With: Memory

Device: iPad

Price: Free*

View Awesome Memory in the iTunes App Store

* Paid version available for advanced levels and functionality.

Behavior Tracker Pro

Behavior Tracker Pro

Application that allows caregivers, behavioral therapists, aides, or teachers to track behaviors and automatically graph them. Option to record video of behaviors or interventions to later review with doctors, parents, teachers or therapists.

Helps With: Behavior, PTSD

Device: iOS

Price: $29.99

View Behavior Tracker Pro in the iTunes App Store

Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax

Portable stress management tool. The app is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body's “fight-or-flight” (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.

Helps With: PTSD, Anxiety, Stress

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free

View Breathe2Relax in the iTunes App Store

View Breathe2Relax in the Google Play Store

Clear Record Premium

Clear Record Premium

Audio recording app that suppresses ambient, background noise allowing the user to record conversations in noisy environments while maintaining clear voices. Control play-speed without modifying pitch-quality. Slow down conversations to a manageable pace for the user.

Helps With: Speech, Communication

Device: iOS, Android

Price: $0.99 iOS, $1.99 Android

View Clear Record Premium in the iTunes App Store

View Clear Record Premium in the Google Play Store

Concussion Recognition & Response

Concussion Recognition & Response

Helps coaches and parents recognize whether an individual is exhibiting/reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. In less than 5 minutes, the app allows a coach or parent to respond quickly to determine whether to remove the child from play and the need for further medical examination.

Helps With: Concussion Screening

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free

View Concussion Recognition & Response in the iTunes App Store

View Concussion Recognition & Response in the Google Play Store

Corkulous Pro

Corkulous Pro

Collect, organize, and share ideas on virtual cork boards. "Pin" notes, labels, photos, contacts, and tasks. Group ideas visually on one board or spread ideas out across multiple boards.

Helps With: Organization

Device: iOS

Price: $4.99

View Corkulous Pro in the iTunes App Store

Cozi Family Organizer

Cozi Family Organizer

Family life organization app that includes a shared calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, family journal. This app allows you to stay in sync with your family so everyone can stay up to date on what's going on in the family and what needs to get done.

Helps With: Organization

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free*

View Cozi Family Organization in the iTunes App Store

* Paid version available for advanced functionality.

d2u Dictation and Transcription

d2u Dictation and Transcription

Voice recorder with integrated transcription service* provides you with a comprehensive dictation and transcription solution. Record, edit, and upload a digital recording then have the file transcribed to text. HIPAA compliant.

Helpful For: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: Free*

View d2u in the iTunes App Store

* Transcriptions are a paid feature.

 

DialSafe Pro

DialSafe Pro

Learn proper phone usage and safety with an app that allows for hands-on practice. Learn these critical skills through the use of animated lessons, skill building games, practice sessions, and a realistic phone simulator.

Helps With: Life-Skills 

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View DialSafe Pro in the iTunes App Store

Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation

Voice recognition app that allows users to easily speak and instantly see their words on the screen. Send short text messages, longer email messages, and update your Facebook and Twitter statuses without typing a word.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View Dragon Dictation in the iTunes App Store

Evernote

Evernote

Help remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders, and make notes completely searchable.

Helps With: Organization

Device: iOS, Web, Android

Price: Free

View Evernote in the iTunes App Store

View Evernote in the Google Play Store

Find a Pharmacy

Find a Pharmacy

Immediately find the closest pharmacies to your location based on your device's location or address.

Helps With: Finding Services

Device: iOS

Price: $1.99

View Find a Pharmacy in the iTunes App Store

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone

Location app for iOS that tracks wireless devices and enables a you to track where the devices are, where they have been, and enables you to send warning messages or tones to those devices.

Helps With: Memory, Location Monitoring

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View Find My iPhone in the iTunes App Store

Flashcards Deluxe

Flashcards Deluxe

Flashcard app which can be used to study just about anything you want. Built in dictionary, capacity to include pictures and sounds, zoom into pictures, and auto-repeat sounds on the cards.

Helps With: Memory

Device: iOS, Android

Price: $3.99

View Flashcards Deluxe in the iTunes App Store

View Flashcards Deluxe in the Google Play Store

iBooks with VoiceOver

iBooks with VoiceOver

Search and instantly download thousands of popular book and magazine titles. iBooks works with VoiceOver, which will read the contents of the pages out loud.

Helps With: Hearing, Reading

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View iBooks in the iTunes App Store

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

Store all the information you might need in an emergency in one convenient location. Names of doctors, medications you are taking, medical conditions, allergies, and insurance information can be accessed with the tap of a finger. You can also use the app to find hospitals nearby in case of an emergency.

Helps With: Emergency

Device: iOS, Android

Price: $1.99

View ICE in the iTunes App Store

View ICE in the Google Play Store

iMazing

iMazing

Skill--based maze game where you must find your way through a challenging maze. Unlimited mazes created for you based on your skill level.

Helps With: Problem Solving

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View iMazing in the iTunes App Store

Index Card

Index Card

Non-linear writing tool that helps capture your ideas and store notes as they come to you. Organize the flow of your thoughts by using a familiar corkboard interface and compile your work into a single document.

Helps With: Organization

Device: iPad

Price: $4.99

View Index Card in the iTunes App Store

Learning Ally Audio

Learning Ally Audio

Easy access to Learning Ally's downloadable DAISY formatted books. Learning Ally members can explore the library of more than 64,000 audiobooks that are designed for people with print and learning disabilities.

Helps With: Reading, Vision

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free*

View Learning Ally Audio in the iTunes App Store

View Learning Ally Audio in the Google Play Store

Membership is required. Membership is free for eligible people with visual impairments or dyslexia.

Lumosity

Lumosity

Brain exercises targeting memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving. You can design your own personalized training, including "courses" with TBI- and/or PTSD-specific content.

Helps With: Brain Training

Device: iOS, Web, Android

Price: Free*

View Lumosity in the iTunes App Store

* Paid subscription available for advanced features.

MakeChange

MakeChange

This app will show you the best way to count change so that you use the least number of coins. Slide and stack coins until you have the amount shown on the register display and check your answer.

Helps With: Life-Skills

Device: iPad

Price: $1.99

View MakeChange in the iTunes App Store

Matrix Game

Matrix Game

Helps you develop visual perception skills such as visual discrimination. It can also help you to develop attention and concentration, spatial orientation and principles of classification and categorization.

Helps With: Problem Solving

Device: iOS

Price: Free*

View Matrix Game in the iTunes App Store

* Paid version available for advanced levels and more functionality.

n-Back

n-Back

n-Back is designed to improve your working memory through actively memorizing and recalling information.

Helps With: Memory

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View n-Back in the iTunes App Store

Naming TherAppy

Naming TherAppy

Word-finding app to help people with aphasia and children with special needs practice important naming and description skills. Allows users to add their own images.

Helps With: Communication, Speech

Device: iOS

Price: $24.99

View Naming TherAppy in the iTunes App Store

Penultimate

Penultimate

Handwriting app that helps you get the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea — in the office, on the go, or at home.

Helps With: Memory, Organization

Device: iPad

Price: Free*

View Penultimate in the iTunes App Store

Pictello

Pictello

Create visual stories and talking books. Each page in a story can contain a picture, a short video, up to ten lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using natural sounding voices.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: $18.99

PictelloView Pictello in the iTunes App Store

Pic-Z Tag

Pic-Z Tag

Nametag application that lets you identify yourself to others at a conference, business meeting, or any social gathering.

Helps With: Social Situations

Device: iOS

Price: $0.99

View Pic-Z Tag in the iTunes App Store

Pocket SCAT2

Pocket SCAT2

This application is a shortened version of the SCAT2 test and is designed to be used in a field setting by coaches or parents to help identify possible concussions.

Helps With: Concussion Screening

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View Pocket SCAT2 in the iTunes App Store

Proloquo2Go

Proloquo2Go

An alternative communication solution to help you if you have difficulty speaking. Natural sounding text-to-speech voices, high-resolution, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a vocabulary of more than 7,000 items, and advanced word prediction.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: $219.99

View Proloquo2Go in the iTunes App Store

Proloquo 4 Text

Proloquo 4 Text

Text‑based communication app that gives a voice to people who cannot speak. It offers a customizable single screen layout for easy conversation, free natural-sounding voices in 15 languages, word and sentence prediction and social media.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: $64.99

View Proloquo 4 Text in the iTunes App Store

PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach

Designed for veterans and service members who have, or may have, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Education about PTSD, information about care, a self-assessment for PTSD, help finding support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.

Helps With: PTSD

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free

View PTSD Coach in the iTunes App Store

View PTSD Coach in the Google Play Store

Quick Talk AAC

Quick Talk AAC

This app gives a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Quick and flexible app designed to help you talk as quickly as possible.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS, Android

Price: $0.99

View Quick Talk AAC in the iTunes App Store

View Quick Talk AAC in the Google Play Store

SoundAMP

SoundAMP

Assistive app that turns the iPhone into an interactive hearing device. Using the microphone or a headset with a microphone, it amplifies nearby sound making it easier for you to hear.

Helps With: Hearing

Device: iOS

Price: $4.99

View SoundAMP in the iTunes App Store

Spaced Retrieval TherAppy

Spaced Retrieval TherAppy

Facilitates recalling an answer over expanding intervals of time (1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes...) helps to cement the information in memory, even for those with impaired memory.

Helps With: Memory

Device: iOS

Price: $3.99

View Spaced Retrieval TherAppy in the iTunes App Store

T2 Mood Tracker

T2 Mood Tracker

Designed for service members and veterans, this app helps you self-monitor, track, and reference emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, depression, and anxiety.

Helps With: Behavior, PTSD

Device: iOS, Android

Price: Free

View T2 Mood Tracker in the iTunes App Store

View T2 Mood Tracker in the Google Play Store

TextTwist

TextTwist

Word game app where you try to find the word that uses all of the letters on the screen as fast as you can. Crossword mode lets you complete a crossword puzzle using a limited number of letters. Word of the Day mode offers a daily puzzle.

Helps With: Problem Solving

Device: iOS, Android

Price: $1.99

View TextTwist in the iTunes App Store

View TextTwist in the Google Play Store

Today Screen

Today Screen

One-stop app for quickly viewing your upcoming agenda, tasks due, and your local weather forecast. Tasks and events are intuitively highlighted based on date and time, so that what you need to look at right now stands out clearly.

Helps With: Reminders

Device: iOS

Price: $2.99

View Today Screen in the iTunes App Store

Unus Tactus

Unus Tactus

Developed to assist people of all ages with mild cognitive and/or motor deficits by allowing you to have an easy to use cell phone, with a simple set up. It utilizes a one--touch photo dialing system to generate phone calls using phone numbers from your existing contacts or those that you import directly.

Helps With: Communication

Device: iOS

Price: $9.99

View Unus Tactus in the iTunes App Store

Verbally

Verbally

Comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad. This app enables real conversation for those who have challenges speaking. Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you.

Helps With: Communication, Speech

Device: iPad

Price: Free*

View Verbally in the iTunes App Store

*Premium features available with an in-app purchase.

Visual Schedule Planner

Visual Schedule Planner

Customizable visual schedule iPad app that is designed to give you an audio/visual representation of the events in your day. In addition, events that require more support can be linked to an activity schedule or video clip.

Helps With: Reminders

Device: iPad

Price: $14.99

View Visual Schedule Planner in the iTunes App Store

Voice4U

Voice4U

Picture-based, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) application that helps you express your feelings, thoughts, actions, and needs.

Helps With: Speech, Communication

Device: iOS, Android

Price: $59.99

View Voice4U in the iTunes App Store

View Voice4U in the Google Play Store

Voice Cards Are Not Flashcards

Voice Cards Are Not Flashcards

Create voice flashcards with an autoplaybetween questions and answers by swiping or shaking the phone.

Helps With: Memory

Device: iOS

Price: Free*

View Voice Cards Are Not Flashcards in the iTunes App Store

* Two versions, lite with limited functionality, $0.99 for full version.

WordWarp

WordWarp

Game with which you can create as many words as possible from a selection of letters. If you’re stuck, just press the “warp” button and it will help you out.

Helps With: Brain Training

Device: iOS

Price: Free

View Word Warp in the iTunes App Store

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Technology is changing hourly, it seems. New iterations of phones and apps are constantly being released. New apps are being developed for just about any need or folly. Please share with us what apps have worked for you — or not — at info@BrainLine.org.

See our other apps slideshow for Android devices: Life-Changing Android Apps for People with Brain Injury.

See a sortable list of all of our mobile apps: Life-Changing Apps for People with Brain Injury

Created by Brian King and Kelly Deckert for BrainLine.

Comments [12]

I've got a TBI and looking forward to trying this out thank you

Mar 30th, 2014 9:40pm

I have had several concussions in a six month period and just got an iPad to help me out. I also have general anxiety and PTSD from an abusive relationship in the past and I'd HIGHLY recommend the "relax" "stress free" "deep sleep" and "don't panic" apps for guided meditation by Andrew Johnson. I hope they help some of you as much as they've helped me. This website has been a breath of fresh air, as I was really beginning to question my sanity!! 

Mar 8th, 2014 3:01pm

Were can I find the answer to the comments?  I love the programs I was able to get, however, I cant seem to find the downloads for the military section....ie the relaxing portions.

Nov 21st, 2013 9:49am

You are right, learning it is necessary

Jun 3rd, 2013 10:09pm

Another two great programs: 1) Remember the milk (probably the best reminder to do list on the net) 2)Evernote (allows one to mark down thoughts and take "clippings" from websites so as not to clutter your mind/desk/computer with half finished projects)

Dec 10th, 2011 6:49am

Picture Planner 3.0 is a very useful and affordable app. You create personalized visual calendars - as detailed as you need- on your desktop then sync it to your mobile device, ie iPad, iPod, etc. The handheld becomes the reminder and prompter as you go about your day. It's specifically designed for individuals with cognitive disabilities such as TBI, Autism, and more.

Jul 13th, 2011 2:55pm

What a terrific list! I'd like to add one more since we were featured in Action Magazine, Closing The Gap, National Center For Technology Innovators, and soon, the Washington Post. Universally designed Picture Planner by Cognitopia Software works well for individuals with TBI. Don't hesitate to contact them and ask for more information.

Jun 29th, 2011 8:05pm

What are the cheeper but functional brans? I've got TBI but here at the dom the soldiers from the middle east have preference for the cog skills. I've got a 1G samsung T101g with a two gig memory chip. will that work? juanhanded@gmail.com

Jun 29th, 2011 1:45pm

Here's a dumb question: What do people *do* with their old iPhones? These apps could all run on older models of the iPhone - like the iPhone 3 - that are probably just sitting in people's desks all over the place. MyVoice is another incredibly useful app. It allows individuals with communication difficulties to access words and phrases related to contexts. So, for example, if the phone detects that you are in a hardware store, when you launch the app you will get words like "nails", "hammer", "paint", etc. first. Here is a short article on the app: http://is.gd/ZWW6TA

Jun 13th, 2011 9:51am

Can these apps be used on iPod Touch? I just have a cheap phone and don't really want to pay for a new phone, data plan, etc.

Jun 10th, 2011 9:42am

This is true! iPhones aren't the only brand of phone out there, cost is definitely a factor. We're working on a second article covering droid and blackberry.

Jun 9th, 2011 4:10pm

All the iphone focus! Don\'t forget there are people with disabilities here (and the types of incomes that correspond with them) and there are cheaper & just as functional alternative brands out there!

Jun 7th, 2011 10:50pm

 

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