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.
|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|
|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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