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New UNI app aims to help treat speech disorder

January 28, 2014

Angela Burda, professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 319-273-3128,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- More than 1 million people in the United States are currently affected by Aphasia, a language disorder that inhibits speech and language comprehension. A new app developed at the University of Northern Iowa aims to improve the speed and quality of patients' recovery. The Name That! app, developed at the AppsLab in UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, aims to supplement traditional treatment through at-home use by patients and mirrors actual treatments used by speech-language pathologists to treat Aphasia.

"This is a strongly supported literature-based approach," said Angela Burda, professor in UNI's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and co-creator of the Name That! app. "Now we're taking it and putting it into a format that fits for today's world."

A team led by Burda and Stephen Hughes, manager of the AppsLab, designed and developed the app with the help of students in the CSD and computer science departments. Name That! is currently available for Apple devices in the App Store and for Android devices in Google Play. There are already plans for several other versions of the app, including an expanded clinic-based version designed for use in hospitals and long-term care settings.

For more information, visit or contact Burda at 319-273-3128 or