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20 Life-Changing Android Apps for People with Brain Injury

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Android apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury
Audible
Breathe2Relax
Concussion Recognition & Response
Cozi Family Organizer
ClearRecord Premium
EverNote
Flashcards Deluxe
Hello My Name Is
ICE (In Case of Emergency)
Learning Ally Audio
PTSD Support for Veterans
PTSD Coach
Quick Talk AAC
SpeakWrite Recorder
T2 Mood Tracker
TapToTalk
TextTwist
Touch Calendar
Voice4U
Where Am I?
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Android apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury

Android apps for simplifying everyday life with brain injury

Almost everyday, we hear of new mobile and tablet applications ("apps") developed for just about everything — from staying organized to hearing better in noisy environments. It's hard to keep up.

The BrainLine team sifted through many resources to collect this list of Android 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

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

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

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.

ClearRecord Premium

ClearRecord 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: $1.99 Android, $0.99 iOS,

View Clear Record Premium in the Google Play Store

View Clear Record Premium 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

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

Hello My Name Is

Hello My Name Is

Use your fingers to write or draw your own personalized "hello my name is" name tag. Good for conferences or situations where a digital name tag may help you stand out.

Helps With: Social Situations

Device: Android

Price: Free

View Hello My Name Is in the Google Play 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

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.

PTSD Support for Veterans

PTSD Support for Veterans

App to help with post traumatic stress disorder. Informational videos and testimonials, podcasts from professional counselors and psychiatrists discussing PTSD, links for resources, and a fan wall for people to support each other and share their experiences.

Helps With: PTSD

Device: Android

Price: Free

View PTSD Support for Veterans in the Google Play 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: Android, iOS

Price: Free

View PTSD Coach in the Google Play Store

View PTSD Coach in the iTunes App 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

SpeakWrite Recorder

SpeakWrite Recorder

Voice recorder that turns your phone into a fully functional dictation system. Record, edit, and send your audio. App integrates with SpeakWrite's 24/7 paid transcription service. Compile your dictation, upload, and within a few hours receive your transcribed document.

Helps With: Speech, Communication

Device: Android

Price: Free*

View SpeakWrite Recorder in the Google Play Store

* Transcriptions are available for an additional cost.

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

TapToTalk

TapToTalk

Especially useful for non-verbal children and adults, TapToTalk turns an Android device into an affordable alternative means of communication device.

Helps With: Speech, Communication

Device: Android

Price: Free

View TapToTalk 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

Touch Calendar

Touch Calendar

Touch Calendar makes viewing your calendars easy. See your whole calendar at a glance. No more flipping between different calendar views. Touch Calendar does it all from one zoomable and scrollable view. This app is especially useful for people with attention problems who do better with fewer steps.

Helps With: Organization

Device: Android

Price: $3.95

View Touch Calendar in the Google Play 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

Where Am I?

Where Am I?

View and share your location, including your city, zip code, telephone area code, and approximate street address as well as the times of sunrise and sunset and GPS latitude and longitude.

Helps With: Location

Device: Android

Price: Free

View Where Am I? in the Google Play Store

Share with us

Share with us

Does a specific app work well for you? Did we miss your favorite app?

Please share with us your feedback with us in the comments section below.

Visit BrainLine.org and check out the related article: Life-Changing Apps for People with Brain Injury

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

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

Created by Brian King & Kelly Deckert for BrainLine.

Comments [10]

Thank you for posting other resources such as PEAT.  There seems to be a lack of resources for higher-functioning TBI survivors yet we share many of the same struggles.

Nov 23rd, 2015 4:11pm

I've been recovering from a moderate open wound TBI for about 2 months now...quite the journey! Would be interested in the whole altitude thing?

Sep 28th, 2015 1:39am

Jun 5th, 2015 3:09am: this article is a slide show. Did you click the arrow at the bottom of the screen to advance to the next slide? There are names of the apps and links on those slides.

Jun 5th, 2015 10:33am

There's no indication what most of these apps are called in order to search them? :-(

Jun 5th, 2015 3:09am

PEAT (Planning and Execution Assistant and Trainer: www.brainaid.com) actually helps us survivors by, as the name says, assisting and training us to plan and execute. It has been proven effective in a study done at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (San Jose, CA). As a 40 year survivor, I noticed that my improvement "curve" got steeper as I used PEAT. I cannot thank the creator of PEAT enough.

Apr 16th, 2014 2:46am

Some of my favorites include Any.do app with Toodle.do website to help with task & to-do list management : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo

And for vision-induced headaches, I like EasyEyez or Twilight to change screen appearance and Eye Trainer to make your eyes stronger / work together again: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.palmerin.easyeyezfree ; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux ; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.caodeveloping.eyetrainer

And to improve mental functions, there are tons of great options including https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=brain.trainer ; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.urbian.android.games.memorytrainer ; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mindware.mindgames

Mar 2nd, 2014 10:26pm

Our favorite App is "Verbal Victor"

May 5th, 2012 8:56pm

The 30 people who purchased Smart Hearing Aid say in the reviews on the Android Market that it does not work - a scam.

Apr 13th, 2012 5:00pm

AWESOME!!! Thank you SOOO much for compiling this list!! :) I can't wait to download some of these apps and put them to use.

Dec 20th, 2011 10:21am

typing,spelling, thinking, fast enough does not work using a phone -tech- after serioes TBI. especially to techno retards like me- those over 40+ I want to use tech but how if trouble wth phone/memoery?

Nov 24th, 2011 6:46pm

 

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