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Swallowing Apps for Patients and Clinicians

Applications for Patients with Dysphagia


iSwallow™ by Infonet, Inc. Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 7.45.25 PM

Description: This application allows patients, under the supervision of their swallowing clinician (a speech pathologist, physician), to develop a swallowing exercise program from a comprehensive list of exercise options. The clinician can program this device to alert the patient when it is time to perform the exercises and set the frequency of practice. The app is equipped with videos, audio, and text instructions for each exercise. The patient can keep a journal to record their adherence to the exercise program. After each regimen is completed, the app will prompt patients to select whether the exercise was completed fully, partially, or not at all.

Pros: The setup of the exercise program is simple, and allows clinicians and patients to choose from a list of 12 exercises. It also includes oral care as an exercise option. This app is very affordable for the amount of information it provides.

Cons: The app must be opened to see the alert to perform the exercises. It may be beneficial to set an additional alert/alarm on the phone using the “Clock” app to remind patients of when to perform exercises.

Cost: $3.99

Availability**: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

**Currently unavailable until Spring 2017 due to upgrades

*Must be at least 17 years old to download the app.  The app must be used with the support of a qualified swallowing clinician.

Disclosure: The iSwallow app was developed at UC-Davis under the guidance of Dr. Peter Belafsky, who serves at the Medical Director on the NFOSD Board of Directors. The app is also promoted by Endo-Education, an NFOSD partner.


SmallTalk Dysphagia by LingraphicaScreen Shot 2015-09-23 at 7.45.49 PM

Description: This application provides a list of 50 pre-recorded phrases for patients and clinicians to choose from to describe a patient’s eating/drinking equipment, level of meal assistance required, diet modifications, how to take medications, and compensatory swallowing techniques. It also contains four demonstration videos of how to perform compensatory swallowing techniques.

Pros: The application allows the patient or clinician to choose the voice settings as either male or female. Phrases can be easily reset based on the patient’s needs. Each phrase includes text, audio, and a supplemental picture. This app would be useful for someone with communication or memory impairments.

Cons: Initially time consuming to delete the phrases not required by the patient under “Settings.”

Cost: Free

Availability: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

*Compensatory swallowing techniques and diet modifications should be determined by a qualified swallowing clinician






Swallow Prompt by Speech Tools Limited  Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 7.44.42 PM

Description: This application provides reminders to swallow for patients who have difficulty managing their saliva, which is sometimes a challenge for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. This simple app allows patients to set the frequency of the reminders to swallow, ranging from every 1 second to every 6 minutes. The patient can set reminders either as a tone or a vibration.

Pro: The newest version allows patients to connect to a Bluetooth headset. May help patients develop a more frequent automatic swallow pattern.

Con: This app tends to quickly drain your device’s cell phone battery. Adjusting the settings of the device to “Stand By” mode allows the device to preserve battery longer.

Cost: $1.99


Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Requires Android 4.1 or later



Applications For Swallowing Clinicians


Dysphagia Therapy by Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 4.09.03 PM

Description: This new application, released at the end of October 2015, is designed to help clinicians assess swallowing disorders and determine appropriate rehabilitation options. It consists of four sections: Assessment, Treatment, Therapy Finder, and Resources.  This apps contains information about swallowing anatomy and physiology, the cranial nerves, treatment options, and downloadable patient handouts.

Pros: Once you become familiar with the app, you can design a treatment program for a patient and easily export this as a PDF or text file that includes instructions for the patient, sent directly to their email. There are over 45 swallowing management techniques that are included, which can be filtered by type of option (e.g., exercise, strategy, etc.).

Cons: Although you can export the recommended therapy options to a PDF/text file, you cannot add a specific regimen to each option (for example, adding “perform 10 reps three times a day”). This may be something that could be added in future updates, but you can currently work around this by adding information in the exported PDF/text file.

Cost: $15.99

Availability: Compatible with iPad/iPad mini/iPhone/iPod touch, Android and Amazon Kindle

*Must be at least 17 years old to download the app.



Dysphagia by Northern Speech Services, Inc.Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 7.47.05 PM

Description: This application serves as a visual tool to help clinicians educate patients about swallowing disorders using animated videos. The video control options allow users to control the speed, pause the video, and view frame-by-frame. The application contains ten videos: 2 normal and 8 abnormal videos demonstrating the anatomy and physiology of swallowing.

Pro: Visuals help to give patients a better understanding of what is happening when they swallow. This app has the potential to improve patient’s buy-in to treatment by providing the patient with a more concrete understanding of their swallowing impairment(s).

Con: The videos of the abnormal anatomy and physiology depict only one specific impairment, which rarely exists in most patients. Videos only depict adult – not child – anatomy/physiology.

Cost: $9.99

Availability: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod



Dysphagia2Go by Smarty EarsScreen Shot 2015-09-23 at 7.47.38 PM

Description: This clinician-focused app allows swallowing clinicians to quickly document observations and data relevant to swallowing evaluations at the bedside.   You can record results of the oral mechanism examination and bedside swallow trials. You can also document recommendations for diet and positioning modifications, treatment, and follow up. The information entered into this app can be exported as an editable report, printed, or e-mailed. Information can be saved on the app for later reference.

Pro: This app reduces the need for paper note-taking and charting. Provides a detailed template for clinicians to follow during swallowing assessment. Clinicians can save data on the application to use for later reference.

Con: If the device (iPad) is not protected with a password, the information stored in the application is not compliant with HIPAA standards. If printing or emailing the report, users must assure that they are using a secure connection.

Cost: $39.99

Availability: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPad only.

*Clinicians should check with their IT Department if they are unsure if the app and device is HIPAA compliant prior to entering sensitive data.



Continuing Education Opportunity

If you are a clinician interested in learning more about swallowing apps, please visit Endo-Education’s website to view the online course: “iPhone Apps for Voice & Swallowing Disorders.” This course is $25 and upon completion, you can receive .05 CEUs. This course was designed to offer information to clinicians on how emerging technology can impact the delivery of treatment for voice and swallowing disorders. Endo-Education is a partner of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders.



Are We Missing Any?

If you are aware of other dysphagia apps for patients or clinicians, please share these with us in the “Comments” section below. We will review and add them to our list. If you use any of the apps listed above, we invite you to share your feedback below.

10 Comments On “Swallowing Apps for Patients and Clinicians

  1. Jan Pryor Reply

    Great article Elizabeth!!! Excellent, well written and you got all the apps that I know about and a few more.

  2. Tactus Therapy Solutions Reply

    There is an exciting new app for dysphagia I hope you’ll consider adding to your post. It’s called Dysphagia Therapy, and it’s an app to help clinicians navigate treatment options. Here’s more information about the app:

    1. Member nfosdadmin Reply

      Thank you Tactus Therapy Solutions. We will look into this app!

  3. Anita Smith Reply

    You may want to look at Blue Tree Publishing, they do 4 IEducate Apps: residue disorders, swallow ID, oral disorders and aspiration disorders

  4. Val Adams Reply

    Thank you for these apps. However they are all for IPhone. Are there any apps available for Android devices?
    Cheers Val

    1. Member nfosdadmin Reply

      Hi Val! We currently have not seen or reviewed any apps available for Android devices. If anyone is aware of swallowing apps for Android, please let us know. Thanks! NFOSD Team

      1. Garry Brady Reply

        Hi, this is Garry from Speech Tools, makers of Swallow Prompt. We make all of our Apps available on both iPhone and Android – including Swallow Prompt.

        1. Member nfosdadmin Reply

          Hi Garry,

          Thanks for your message! We have updated our app list to note that Swallow Prompt is compatible with both iPhone and Android devices. -The NFOSD Team

    2. Member nfosdadmin Reply

      Hi Val,

      We recently learned that Swallow Prompt (see article above) is compatible with Android devices. We will continue to update this list as we learn more! -The NFOSD Team

  5. Selene Gatzonis Reply

    Hello all! A great resource we developed at KRSD Communication Tools is “the Educational Video for Individuals with Dysphagia”. It is available via digital download and in DVD format. It that can be downloaded to any device and the program comes with data sheets for the patient and clinician. The program can be found at :

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