Life-Changing Apps for People with Brain Injury

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Life-Changing Apps for People with Brain Injury

Almost every day, we hear of new apps developed 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 sorted through many resources to compile this list of apps for mobile devices for people with a brain injury, their families and caregivers.

Some of these apps have proven to be especially helpful for people with brain injury. The phone can be used to remind you of an upcoming appointment or to take medication, or it can be used like a traditional paper notebook to keep all your addresses, telephone numbers, calendar items, lists, and ideas. Please note that BrainLine does not endorse these or any specific products.

Name Description Price Device Helps With
Audible Listen to books on your mobile device. Great for people who have trouble reading or who retain information more effectively by listening. Free iOS, Android Reading
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. $29.99 iOS Behavior
Breathe2Relax Hands-on stress management tool with diaphragmatic breathing exercises. Designed to help you with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Free iOS, Android PTSD, Anxiety, Stress
Clear Record Pro
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. $1.99 iOS, Android Speech, Communication
Concussion Recognition & Response:
For Parents/Youth Coaches

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. Free iOS, Android Concussion Screening
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. Free* iOS Organization
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. * Paid version available for advanced functionality. Free* iOS, Android Organization
dictate2us 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. * Transcriptions are a paid feature. Free* iOS, Android Communication
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. Free iOS Life-Skills
Dragon Anywhere Voice recognition app that allows users to easily speak and instantly see their words on the screen. Easily dictate text messages, emails, documents of any length, edit format and share without typing a word. Free iOS, Android Communication
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. Free iOS, Web, Android Organization
Find My iPhone/Find My Device Location app 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. Free iOS, Android Memory, Location Monitoring
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. $3.99 iOS, Android Memory
Hello My Name Is - Graffiti Sticker 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. Free iOS, Android Social Situations
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. Free iOS Hearing, Reading
ICE Medical Standard ICE Medical Standard lets you put your emergency medical contact information on your smartphone's lock screen image. If you are in an accident, first responders and emergency room staff can find your emergency medical contact information as soon as they turn on your smartphone. Free* iOS, Android Emergency
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. $4.99 iPad Organization
Learning Ally Link This app provides access to the Learning Ally library of human-read audiobooks offering the largest selection of books students want and need to read, including bestsellers, literature, and textbooks. Interactive learning tools include: highlighted text synced with the audio narration, speed control, bookmarking, highlighting, and note taking. * Learning Ally membership is required to use this app. Membership is free with eligible print disability. Free* iOS, Android Reading, Vision
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. *Paid subscription available for advanced features. Free* iOS, Android, Web Brain Training
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. $1.99 iPad, Android Life-Skills
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. * Paid version available for advanced levels and more functionality. Free* iOS, Android Problem Solving
JustBefore: Working Memory Trainer JustBefore is designed to improve your working memory through actively memorizing and recalling information. Free* iOS Memory
Naming Therapy 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. $24.99 iOS, Android Communication, Speech
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. *Advanced functionality and features are paid. Free* iPad Memory, Organization
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. $19.99 iOS Communication
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. $249.99 iOS Communication
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. $119.99 iOS Communication
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. Free iOS, Android PTSD
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. $24.99 iOS, Android Communication
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. Free Android Speech, Communication

Spaced Retrieval Therapy

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. $3.99 iOS, Android Memory
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. Free iOS, Android PTSD, Behavior
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. $3.38 Android Organization
Unus Tactus (Touch. Locate. Call) 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. $9.99 iOS Communication
Voice4U Picture-based, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) application that helps you express your feelings, thoughts, actions, and needs. $59.99 iOS, Android Communication, Speech
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. *Premium features available with an in-app purchase. Free* iPad Communication, Speech
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. $14.99 iPad Organization
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. Free Android Location
Word Warp 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. Free iOS Brain Training

Pricing, availability, and features accurate as of the last update February 20th, 2018.


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Technology is always changing. New iterations of mobile devices and apps are constantly being released. Please share with us what apps have and haven't worked for you in the comment section below.

Posted on BrainLine February 20, 2018. Reviewed July 25, 2018.

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Comments (41)

Brain Injury Matters an Melbourne based self advocacy group are developing an App to support people living with a brain injury. The app is being developed by people with a brain injury for people with a brain injury. It will be available early in 2019....stay tuned

Hi,
These are very useful information.
I am looking for an app that categorizes my to do tasks in order of priority.
It should be something like
Name of the Task/Order of execution (0-10)/How inevitable it is(0-10)
So, when I type a task and give scores to these two, then it should arrange in the order I should do it.
Is that possible?

Announced August 2017, this "virtual service dog" has a screening tool, "games" (practice memory, concentration, and distraction), and tips/tools (e.g. meditation, and soothing sounds), and more. It was released through both iTunes and Google Play.
http://www.dva.wa.gov/max-impact-tbi-app

Great resource

‘Qcard’ is wonderful for reminders, appointments and guided sequential tasks. Use it every day for medication prompts, appointments and reminders for every day tasks.

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.
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.
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)
You are right, learning it is necessary
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.
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!!
I've got a TBI and looking forward to trying this out thank you
I suffered a severe TBI many years ago. I do not understand how to download these apps to help my memory can someone please help me?

I'm dealing with a brain tumor that has caused a myriad of brain dysfunctions. In addition to exercise, coloring, balancing, practicing handwriting & luminosity, I do 2+ activities at the same time. I don't see any immediate gains but others have said otherwise (to be nice?). No matter what, I keep chugging along even though some days aren't good. Good recovery to all.

AWESOME!!! Thank you SOOO much for compiling this list!! :) I can't wait to download some of these apps and put them to use.
Our favorite App is "Verbal Victor"
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.
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?
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.

Is there an app for similar words for finding the second half of word such as

Para -------normal

Para --------chute

Para ---------legal

Para -------dise

Para ---noid

with my brain injury disconnect I sometimes race to the wrong half of a word my brain is trying to recover and usually I say something funny -but not what I was trying to say.

Readers may also be interested in this compendium https://www.my-therappy.co.uk

The big question of how we decide what is a good and effective app is not helped by so many of these that lack an evidence base or a continual improvement cycle. However it's an approach that is really important to engage with, and finding the right app deserves concentrated effort and practice using it.

I cannot recommend Audio Reminder Pro enough. Actually, I probably can and possibly already have.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brandon.audioreminderpro

Audio Reminder Pro allows you to quickly and easily record your desired message. It then plays your message back to you at your desired time/place in your own voice.

It has been vital for struggling with memory, apathy, depression, etc for me. With the continuous notification beeps coming from my phone throughout the day I frequently find myself ignoring most if not all of them. Sometimes going days before even looking to see what the notifications are. (Yeah, this is me now)

However, hearing my own voice from the reminder telling me to "hey, me. Do the laundry" and suddenly I know what I was supposed to do. *cough* laundry. It isn't just yet another notification beep that sounds just like all the others. Did I get an email? Was it a text message? Or maybe some game telling me that I'm running low on the gems that supposedly are so important two wire that they share the same Android notification.

Yes, I know you can change notifications for a few apps and believe me I tried. But one I would get all the way up to the view that would have the option to change it... I would forget what I was doing on that view.

I actually have some understanding in what I'm saying as I am both the creator of Audio Reminder Pro and I also received moderate brain damage early this year.

Unfortunately, with it just being my son and I these days, I can honestly say that if not for the audio reminder I wouldn't remember to take my meds. Sometimes I end up ignoring a regular alarm and other times I simply don't remember what the alarm was for.

So with the quick tap on the widget, I can say "don't forget to do the dishes" and an hour later when the reminder goes off it doesn't just become another notification beep like all the others.

I'm not trying to convince anyone here. I made the app for myself so I would remember to do the laundry when I got back home. And I had no idea that a mobile app that I made would become such an important part of my family's life.

Memory problems caused me to accidentally forget/double the dose. Given how dangerous my meds are I could have overdosed with ease over the crazy dangerous medication that I have to take now.

And let's face it. I never simply went to the calendar on my phone unless I was specifically adding an event. I could not get myself to even look at what I was going to be doing for the day.

Audio Reminder is what keeps my day together. And currently keeps me out of needing to be under medical care. Which means I get to still spend more time with my son.

It truly truly has helped me regain some Independence and has saved me more than I can remember hahaha

I don't care if only one person reads this and is able to be helped by it. Because that means that I have made a difference.

Short version: it's good for memory and productivity and it's free so what do you have to lose to just see if maybe it'll help you.

Sorry for the long message. I just glanced through it again... Sorry for the really long message.

-lodlock
Iamhunted@gmail.com
Forget me not

FYI: PTSD'S Are not only military I have a 9yr who was bullied and now have severe PTSD'S. It would be great to come up with a PTSD'S on NOT just for Military.

Thank you everyone. I am a Brain Aneurysm survivor I am trying to help me get better so life won't be so stressful for my family. I'm glad I came across this site.

Hi Microsoft guy, I have a brain injury. My wife works at Microsoft. One note can help a lot. I have switched to an android phone but it is 100% compatible with my pc. So I use both.

Hi my T.B.I. injury occurred a few years back, & I have always been involved in the Microsoft sector of technology; might ther be any Windows based tech. apps available?

Great list. There is also a new website in the U.K. Providing tested and reviewed apps for Brain Injury. www.my-therappy.co.uk which is awesome too.

This app is about reaction time and coordination, could work for brain patients. It has some flashing lights though so epilepsy warning is in place. It also has an advertisement link on it. The app is free to use.

Link to the app:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR14TP0

Include https://www.brainturk.com to your list as it has a lot of free games for brain injury

One of the issues with traumatic injury is dealing with potential emotional changes. While it was designed for mental health care, WeFeel is a great tool to track, share and visualize emotions, mood and outlook on life.  It's a subscription service ($5/month) which lets you own your data, customize what you track, share with others, and synchronize between iOS, Android, and Windows devices. For more info check out http://wefeel.us.

As a TBI Survivor from a Ruptured Brain Aneurysm, I have several apps, I could not live with out. Bible app, Big Oven is a Great app for ANY KIND OF RECIPE, it will also make a Grocery list right from the Recipe , Drippler gives continuous updates on Android. Handy Diary (Which is where I try to journal daily), Key Me you can Take a scan of your house key, In case you ever lose your house key or get locked out. Maps, One Drive, One Note, Password Safe (somewhere to keep passwords safe) Shopping list with Voice input, voice Recorder, Google Wallet, Voice search. Microsoft word, Zedge for ringtones, wallpapers all sort of things, 

Time it, 

I like this APP. that would remind me when I was supposed to take my medicine with an alarm I used to have. Thought others might might find it helpful if that was added to the list of app. downloads that are listed.       ,thank you

BrainHQ has a program just for TBI's. You  take a pre test and then a program is made just for you. It's better than Lumosity - for me anyway. 

I have a subscription to Lumosity and I don't think the free subscription would be enough to make a big difference.  I started with a brain performance of 4% of the population and now I am at 80%.  The only problem is that I think my brain adjusted to the games but I don't see an improvement in my memory day to day.  There is no way that my memory is better than the general population.  My memory is barely functional.  I'll keep with it in the hopes that it will eventually make a difference.

Looking for a few new tricks to help me out.)

It's Done! Is also a great app

Thank you for including Naming TherAppy on your list of apps. As the developer of the app, I'd like to let you know that it is now also available for Android devices on the Google Play and Amazon App Store. 

One of my brain injury clients has significant difficulty with memory. One of the things that was the most frustrating was going to a store and forgetting where she parked. "Find My Car" app has been very helpful. It remembers the gps location of the car, and will give you a map showing where the car is and where you are. Very useful!

I have severe event-memory difficulty. I depend on Evernote with companion apps and devices to accommodate my limitations with minimal interaction. I use an android document scanner that allows me to photograph documents I sign. It aligns the view and saves an indexed OCR'd PDF. A conversation recorder and a transcription service store recordings of conversations with indexed transcriptions. I also use Google Calendar with connections to Gmail and Toodle do task manager, which are all linked to each other, and Gmail forwards my daily agenda notes to Evernote. I use a paper notebook from Moleskine to write notes I want stored in Evernote. The pre-printed lines of the notebook consist of a grid of tiny dots that facilitate Evernote's handwriting recognition feature. I also use an inexpense fast document scanner to record all of my daily snail-mail as it arrives. I scan the envelope, open it, scan the contents, and store an indexed PDF of all correspondence, bills, (which I can tag with due dates so Evernote will remind me to follow up) and even advertisements that I may want to reference in the future. All of these apps are accessible from within Evernote's marketplace.

Thanks for outlining these apps. I also suggest Lumosity.  I'm not sure for phone, I did it on my laptop.  I use other apps on cell phone like: Our Groceries (free), Prescription places (Walgreens) free, and other free ones: Words Free, Word Run, Math Workout, Dropwords, & Memory Power Training for Android phones.  Any other apps for Tablets?

As a brain tumor survivor , I highly praise lumosity for its ability to challenge your short-term memory with the various games it offers. However, please be aware that the majority of customers who buy the very expensive subscription are having a difficult time contacting the company, "Lumos Labs Inc.." I highly recommend that the daily free games should be played, but do not bother buying the ridiculous subscription.

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