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Taylor, we at TBI have been working over the past month or so to put this little video together as a way to say thank you. Thank you for everything that you have done for us. Thank you for bringing us all together. Thank you for inviting us into your home, sharing your stories, your cookies, your music, and your life with us. Thank you for being you. This video is for you, from all of us at TBI. We love you taylorswift

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[please dont ever forget that bucky barnes was diagnosed with severe brain trauma in the comics by the russians who found him, and that because he didnt have any serum or regenerative properties in the comics he suffered with those brain traumas, and that the only reason he became the winter soldier is because the doctors took advantage of that brain trauma to psychologically abuse him. ]

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Sam & Dean : "I’ve been following you around my entire life. I mean, I’ve been looking up to you since I was four, Dean. Studying you, trying to be just like my big brother. So yeah, I know you - better than anyone else in the entire world."

A brotp Winchester mix for Harriet [

(cover creds to Cordelia)

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Taylor, we at TBI have been working over the past month or so to put this little video together as a way to say thank you. Thank you for everything that you have done for us. Thank you for bringing us all together. Thank you for inviting us into your home, sharing your stories, your cookies, your music, and your life with us. Thank you for being you. This video is for you, from all of us at TBI. We love you taylorswift

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Family Voices and Stories Speed Coma Recovery

“Can he hear me?” family members are desperate to know when a loved one with a traumatic brain injury is in a coma.

A new Northwestern Medicine and Hines VA Hospital study shows the voices of loved ones telling the patient familiar stories stored in his long-term memory can help awaken the unconscious brain and speed recovery from the coma.

Coma patients who heard familiar stories repeated by family members four times a day for six weeks, via recordings played over headphones, recovered consciousness significantly faster and had an improved recovery compared to patients who did not hear the stories, reports the study.

The paper was published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

“We believe hearing those stories in parents’ and siblings’ voices exercises the circuits in the brain responsible for long-term memories,” said lead author Theresa Pape. “That stimulation helped trigger the first glimmer of awareness.”

As a result, the coma patients can wake more easily, become more aware of their environment and start responding to conversations and directions.

“It’s like coming out of anesthesia,” Pape said. “It’s the first step in recovering full consciousness.”

Pape is a neuroscientist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a neuroscientist at Hines VA.

“After the study treatment, I could tap them on the shoulder, and they would look at me,” Pape said. “Before the treatment they wouldn’t do that.”

Being more aware of their environment means the patients can actively participate in physical, speech and occupational therapy, all essential for their rehabilitation.

A coma is an unconscious condition in which the patient can’t open his eyes. Patients usually progress from a coma to either a minimally conscious or vegetative state, and these states can last a few weeks, months or years. Every five seconds, someone in the U.S. has a traumatic brain injury. Troops deployed to wars zones are at an even greater risk for having a severe enough brain injury to cause a coma.

“It’s an incredibly common and devastating injury,” Pape said.

The familiar voices treatment also benefits families.

“Families feel helpless and out of control when a loved one is in a coma,” Pape said. “It’s a terrible feeling for them. This gives them a sense of control over the patient’s recovery and the chance to be part of the treatment.”

Such was the case for Corinth Catanus, whose husband, Godfrey, a former California youth minister, was a participant in the study after being in a coma for three months. “The stories I told him helped Godfrey recover from his coma, and they helped me feel I could do something for him,” she said. “That gave me hope.” (More on Godfrey and Corinth’s story below.)

The Brain Lit Up in Response to Family Voices

When patients like Godfrey Catanus in the study heard the voice of a family member calling their names out loud and reciting stories while they were in an MRI, their brains showed increased neural activity. This was indicated by bright yellow and red blobs of light in regions involved with understanding language and long-term memory.

“We saw changes in the blood oxygen level in their brain regions associated with retrieving long-term memory and understanding language,” Pape said. “That means they were using those regions of their brains.”

How the Study Worked

The randomized, placebo-controlled study, Familiar Auditory Sensory Training (FAST), enrolled 15 patients with traumatic closed head injuries who were in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. They were an average age of 35 (12 men and three women) with injuries caused by motorcycle or car accidents, bomb traumas or assaults. The FAST treatment began an average of 70 days after the injury.

Pape and colleagues first did baseline testing to see how responsive patients were to sensory information such as bells or whistles, if they followed directions to open their eyes and if they were alert enough to visually track someone walking across the room. Their responses provided a benchmark to see if they changed or improved after six weeks of treatment. (A person in a minimally conscious state can occasionally follow directions.)

Scientists also had the patients listen to familiar and non-familiar voices tell different stories to get a baseline MRI of how the blood oxygen levels in their brains changed while listening.

Collecting Family Stories to Tell

The next step was having families work with therapists to identify and construct the important stories about events that the patient and family participated in together. 

“It could be a family wedding or a special road trip together such as going to visit colleges,” Pape said. “It had to be something they’d remember, and we needed to bring the stories to life with sensations, temperature and movement. Families would describe the air rushing past the patient as he rode in the Corvette with the top down or the cold air on his face as he skied down a mountain slope.”

Families brought in an armful of photo albums to come up with topics for the stories. Then parents and siblings recorded at least eight stories, which they practiced reciting naturally and using the patient’s nickname.

After six weeks of listening to the recorded stories, Pape repeated the earlier baseline tests in an MRI. In one, patients listened to familiar and unfamiliar voices telling the same story they heard at baseline (a short joke about a man buying ice-cream and getting a pickle with it.)

The MRI image showed a change in the oxygen level, indicating greater responsiveness to the unfamiliar voice telling a story. The oxygen level did not change for the familiar voice, which remained the same as baseline.

“This indicates the patient’s ability to process and understand what they’re hearing is much better,” Pape said. “At baseline they didn’t pay attention to that non-familiar voice. But now they are processing what that person is saying.’’

In another test, patients listened to a small bell ringing as before. But this time, patients’ brains responded less to the bell, indicating they were better able to discriminate what’s important to listen to.

“Mom’s voice telling them familiar stories over and over helped their brains pay attention to important information rather than the bell,” Pape said. “They were able to filter out what was relevant and what wasn’t.”

The biggest gains in recovery came in the first two weeks of the treatment, with small incremental gains over the next four weeks.

Pape is currently analyzing her data to determine if the FAST intervention strengthened the brain’s wiring, the elongated fibers called axons that transmit signals between neurons.

Recording and playing the stories is something all families can do when a loved one is in a coma. It is logical that people in a coma as a result of a stroke would also respond favorably to the treatment, Pape said.

“This gives families hope and something they can control,” Pape said.  She recommends families work with a therapist to help them construct the stories. The recorded stories can augment the other therapies a patient is undergoing.

Why Pape Launched the Study

Pape was inspired to launch the study based on families’ feedback while she worked as a speech therapist for coma patients with traumatic brain injuries. Families often told her the patient responded better to them than to a stranger. Pape began to observe the patients with families and saw they were right.

Pape speculated that if therapists could stimulate and exercise people’s brains when they are unconscious, it would help them recover. She developed the protocol to see if it worked. The study was funded by V.A.’s Rehabilitation, Research and Development Service.

Patient Godfrey Catanus Emerges from Coma

Corinth Catanus’s voice, recorded on a CD, playfully reminded her husband, Godfrey, of the morning she craved chicken nuggets during her second pregnancy.

“Remember the morning I had a craving for chicken nuggets, and no fast food restaurant sold it that early in the morning?” she asked. He drove to several fast-food locations across town before work to find them, she recalled, only to discover they were the wrong kind when he arrived home. That night he renewed his quest until he snagged the exact ones she coveted. 

Family stories like these — recorded by Corinth and Godfrey’s brothers — were played through headphones for Godfrey four times a day while he lay in a three-month coma. He was part of a Northwestern Medicine and Hines V.A. clinical trial that studied whether repeated stimulation with familiar voices could help repair a coma victim’s injured brain networks and spur his recovery.

Those recordings helped awaken Godfrey from his vegetative state and pull him back to consciousness, based on the new study findings.

Godfrey recalls hearing Corinth’s voice and his brother’s voice on the recordings during that time.

“It was comforting to think that they were ‘there’ with me,” Godfrey wrote in an email. “It helped me by giving my brain something to connect with.”

In 2010, Godfrey, then a 32-year-old youth minister in Irvine, California, suffered a brain injury and went into a coma. Corinth, a neonatal intensive care nurse, was pregnant with their second child at the time.

The couple grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and Corinth wanted Godfrey to be treated at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Their church raised funds to hire an air ambulance to transport the comatose Godfrey to the Chicago hospital. While there, the family learned about the familiar voices study and wanted to participate.

After several weeks of listening to the tapes, Godfrey, who was severely disabled by his injury and unable to speak easily, slowly began to respond by gesture to questions asked by his therapist. But his responses were inconsistent. Then Corinth asked him something she knew could get a rise out of the devoted Chicago basketball fan.

“Will you ever be a Lakers’ fan?” she asked mischievously. Godfrey stared hard at the “no” card. “Will you always be a Chicago Bulls’ fan?” His gaze shifted unequivocally to “yes”.

“That was the turning point,” Corinth said. “I realized he was becoming more aware and more conscious,” Corinth said.

Godfrey progressed and began typing out messages on an iPad. One of the first things he wrote, “I wish I could go to Disneyland.” It was a favorite trip for the family.

Four years later, Godfrey now writes weekly devotionals that appear in his church’s bulletin and website. And he is involved in his family’s life. He reminds Corinth, via his iPad, about the family’s daily schedule like doctor’s appointments for their daughters or his bus pick up to go to physical therapy. His daughters like to hang out with him on his wheelchair.

“The voices treatment made a huge difference in his recovery,” Corinth said. “I know it helped bring him back to us.”

Hve you seen HBOs The Crash Reel? It’s an amazing documentary about Kevin Pearce and the traumatic brain injury (TBI) he survived with the help of doctors, family and friends. He will never be the same and this documentary shows the unvarnished truth about head injuries. This infographic has already saved one life.  If you have any of these symptoms after hitting your head DO NOT WAIT TO SEE A DOCTOR “in the morning” - go to the ER IMMEDIATELY. Don’t let a doctor tell you that if your CT scan is normal and you are not vomiting you are fine. YOU STILL MAY HAVE A CONCUSSION.

Half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury
Study finds almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury in their lifetime, vast majority before they lost their homes

Almost half of all homeless men who took part in a study by St. Michael’s Hospital had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury in their life and 87 per cent of those injuries occurred before the men lost their homes.

While assaults were a major cause of those traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, (60 per cent) many were caused by potentially non-violent mechanisms such as sports and recreation (44 per cent) and motor vehicle collisions and falls (42 per cent).

The study, led by Dr. Jane Topolovec-Vranic, a clinical researcher in the hospital’s Neuroscience Research Program, was published in the journal CMAJ Open.

Dr. Topolovec-Vranic said it’s important for health care providers and others who work with homeless people to be aware of any history of TBI because of the links between such injuries and mental health issues, substance abuse, seizures and general poorer physical health.

The fact that so many homeless men suffered a TBI before losing their home suggests such injuries could be a risk factor for becoming homeless, she said. That makes it even more important to monitor young people who suffer TBIs such as concussions for health and behavioural changes, she said.

Dr. Topolovec-Vranic looked at data on 111 homeless men aged 27 to 81 years old who were recruited from a downtown Toronto men’s shelter. She found that 45 per cent of these men had experienced a traumatic brain injury, and of these, 70 per cent were injured during childhood or teenage years and 87 per cent experienced an injury before becoming homeless.

In men under age 40, falls from drug/alcohol blackouts were the most common cause of traumatic brain injury while assault was the most common in men over 40 years old.

Recognition that a TBI sustained in childhood or early teenage years could predispose someone to homelessness may challenge some assumptions that homelessness is a conscious choice made by these individuals, or just the result of their addictions or mental illness, said Dr. Topolovec-Vranic.

This study received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.

Separately, a recent study by Dr. Stephen Hwang of the hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health, found the number of people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and who have also suffered a TBI may be as high as 61 per cent—seven times higher than the general population.

Dr. Hwang’s study, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, is one of the largest studies to date investigating TBI in homeless populations. The findings come from the Health and Housing in Transition Study, which tracks the health and housing status of homeless and vulnerably housed people in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.

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"Veterans need to share the moral burden of war."

(Opinion editorial by Sebastian Junger, originally published in the Washington Post, 24 MAY 2013.)

Sebastian Junger is an author and documentarian whose works include the book “War” and the film “Restrepo,” which tell the story of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.

Recently I was a guest on a national television show, and the host expressed some indignation when I said that soldiers in Afghanistan don’t much discuss the war they’re fighting. The soldiers are mostly in their teens, I pointed out. Why would we expect them to evaluate U.S. foreign policy?

The host had made the classic error of thinking that war belongs to the soldiers who fight it. That is a standard of accountability not applied to, say, oil-rig workers or police. The environment is collapsing and anti-crime measures can be deeply flawed, but we don’t expect people in those fields to discuss national policy on their lunch breaks.

Soldiers, though, are a special case. Perhaps war is so obscene that even the people who supported it don’t want to hear the details or acknowledge their role. Soldiers face myriad challenges when they return home, but one of the most destructive is the sense that their country doesn’t quite realize that it — and not just the soldiers — went to war. The country approved, financed and justified war — and sent the soldiers to fight it. This is important because it returns the moral burden of war to its rightful place: with the entire nation. If a soldier inadvertently kills a civilian in Baghdad, we all helped kill that civilian. If a soldier loses his arm in Afghanistan, we all lost something.

The growing cultural gap between American society and our military is dangerous and unhealthy. The sense that war belongs exclusively to the soldiers and generals may be one of the most destructive expressions of this gap. Both sides are to blame. I know many soldiers who don’t want to be called heroes — a grotesquely misused word — or told that they did their duty; some don’t want to be thanked. Soldiers know all too well how much killing — mostly of civilians — goes on in war. Congratulations make them feel that people back home have no idea what happens when a human body encounters the machinery of war.

I am no pacifist. I’m glad the police in my home town of New York carry guns, and every war I have ever covered as a journalist has been ended by armed Western intervention. I approved of all of it, including our entry into Afghanistan. (In 2001, U.S. forces effectively ended a civil war that had killed as many as 400,000 Afghans during the previous decade and forced the exodus of millions more. The situation there today is the lowest level of civilian suffering in Afghanistan in 30 years.) But the obscenity of war is not diminished when that conflict is righteous or necessary or noble. And when soldiers come home spiritually polluted by the killing that they committed, or even just witnessed, many hope that their country will share the moral responsibility of such a grave event.

Their country doesn’t. Liberals often say that it’s not their problem because they opposed the war. Conservatives tend to call soldiers “heroes” and pat them on the back. Neither response is honest or helpful. Neither addresses the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder afflicting our veterans. Rates of suicide, alcoholism, fatal car accidents and incarceration are far higher for veterans than for most of the civilian population. One study predicted that in the next decade 400,000 to 500,000 veterans will have criminal cases in the courts. Our collective avoidance of this problem is unjust and hypocritical. It is also going to be very costly.

Civilians tend to do things that make them, not the veterans, feel better. Yellow ribbons and parades do little to help with the emotional aftermath of combat. War has been part of human culture for tens of thousands of years, and most tribal societies were engaged in some form of warfare when encountered by Western explorers. It might be productive to study how some societies reintegrated their young fighters after the intimate carnage of Stone Age combat. It is striking, in fact, how rarely combat trauma is mentioned in ethnographic studies of cultures.

Typically, warriors were welcomed home by their entire community and underwent rituals to spiritually cleanse them of the effect of killing. Otherwise, they were considered too polluted to be around women and children. Often there was a celebration in which the fighters described the battle in great, bloody detail. Every man knew he was fighting for his community, and every person in the community knew that their lives depended on these young men. These gatherings must have been enormously cathartic for both the fighters and the people they were defending. A question like the one recently posed to me wouldn’t begin to make sense in a culture such as the Yanomami of Brazil and Venezuela or the Comanche.

Our enormously complex society can’t just start performing tribal rituals designed to diminish combat trauma, but there may be things we can do. The therapeutic power of storytelling, for example, could give combat veterans an emotional outlet and allow civilians to demonstrate their personal involvement. On Memorial Day or Veterans Day, in addition to traditional parades, communities could make their city or town hall available for vets to tell their stories. Each could get, say, 10 minutes to tell his or her experience at war.

Attendance could not be mandatory, but on that day “I support the troops” would mean spending hours listening to our vets. We would hear a lot of anger and pain. We would also hear a lot of pride. Some of what would be said would make you uncomfortable, whether you are liberal or conservative, military or nonmilitary, young or old. But there is no point in having a conversation about war that is not completely honest.

Let them speak. They deserve it. In addition to getting our veterans back, we might get our nation back as well.

[H/T Operation Zeus for bringing this article to my attention. -R]

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Apps For Social Workers/Therapists

  • Waze (free)This is a must have if you do home visits.  It is my favorite GPS app and it finds you the fastest routs and alerts you to hazards/police/weather .
  • Dropbox (free)Dropbox lets you share documents among all of your devices and is an easy way to share files with others.
  • Evernote (free): Evernote is an electronic organizer that allows you to take nots and save web pages, photos, research, articles, etc. It is not HIPPA-compliant so refrain from using for client notes.
  • The Square and Paypal: 
  • Social Work Helper (free): This app provides up to date social work related information.
  • GoogleVoice (free)Google voice lets you create a second phone number/work line for your phone.  This is great if you need to call clients while you are in the field but do not want to disclose your actual cell phone number.
  • Line2 (free):  This app lets you have a separate phone line.  You can port your office number to it, and stop carrying two cell phones. While downloading the app is free, the second phone line costs $9.95/month.
  • Card Munch (free): CardMunch allows you to snap photos of a colleague’s business card and convert it to a digital one which it stores in your contacts.  It also synchs with LinkedIn.
  • Remind 101 (free): This app was created for teachers but would be useful for social workers who want to text clients reminders without disclosing their number.
  • PsychDrugs (free)When a client brings up a medication you aren’t familiar with this is a quick way to determine what they are being prescribed.
  • IbisMail ($3.99): This program allows you to set up automatic filters, so you can sort through mail.  But it also allows you to set up folders for client emails, so that you can have them all in one place.  Then it is up to you to decide when you review your patient communications, rather than have everything coming through one inbox.  Supports multiple email accounts.
  • GoToMeeting (free): This is a good app for therapists who want to do online sessions.  It has both desktop and app versions of videoconferencing software, which is HIPAA-compliant.  
  • iAnnotate ($9.99): iAnnotate allows you to mark up .pdf files on your mobile device.  It also supports highlighting and annotating research articles and synchs with Mendeley and Dropbox so you can store your research library with notes online.
  • Mendeley (free): One part social network, one part research library,  Mendeley allows you to store research articles and annotations online and on your device.  It allows you to network with other colleagues to see what they are researching, share articles, and store all of your articles in one place.  Often it can even pull up the bibliographic entry from the web just by reading the .pdf metatag
  • Paypal (free): This is one option for billing clients and paying vendors.  You can invoice by email, transfer money to your bank account, and keep track of online payments on the website. There is usually a small transaction fee but if your client initiates a direct transfer to you then you can get around that. They recently came out with a credit card reader.
  • Square (free): When you register with Square they send you a free credit card reader that you can connect to your smart phone or tablet.  They charge a 2.75% transaction fee.
  • Google Translate (free): It’s good to have a translation tool handy.  It even translates speech.
  • The Savvy Social Worker (free): This app was created by the UB School of Social Work to help social workers stay current with new developments in best practices.
  • Psychological First Aid Tutorial (free): This is a review for previously changed health professionals.
  • Prezi (free): This presentation software allows you to create dynamic visual presentations on your computer or mobile device.  Prezi supports importation from powerpoint, and provides free online hosting of your prezis as well as tons of templates and tutorials.  You can also upload Prezis to your LinkedIn profile.  They look really cool so check out their website for examples.
  • TED (free): This app allows you to stay inspired and experience innovation daily, by beaming TED talks to your mobile device from the offical TED site.  You can favorite, search, and share your favorite ones, or hit “Inspire me” for random ideas.
  • CamScanner (free):  This ap turns your phone into a portable scanner and would be useful for child welfare social workers who often have to make copies of client documents/paperwork.
  • Co-Occuring Conditions Toolkit (free): A quick reference when treating patients presenting with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and common co-morbid conditions.
  • Narrative Therapy QuestionsThis app is interactive and demonstrates narrative therapy questions.
  • 101 Theory ($1.99): This is a social work theory app that contains over 101 theories for practitioners.It allows you to quickly conduct a search and find a description as well as an overview of whatever theory you want to know more about.

Apps for Adult Clients (and clinician self-care)

  • Unfrazzle (free)This is an ap for caregivers that helps them keep track of their day-to-day tasks, and appointments.  They can set remindser and share tasks with others.
  • PTSD Coach (free): Mobile app created by the Department of Veteran Affairs to track PTSD symptoms and provide information and support to sufferers.  Review from a follower: “I can’t speak highly enough of this app, it’s been an instrumental tool in my recovery from PTSD.  It prompts you to do a variety of exercises and activities, allows you to rate the severity of the symptom and makes suggestions based on how severe the symptom is.  It’s very easy to use and I frankly can’t imagine not having it.”
  • PTSD Connect: This app aims to connect people with PTSD to accessible information and support.
  • CBTReferee ($4.99): A useful tool for clients in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to keep track of their thoughts and become their own “referee.”
  • eCBTCalm ($.99): CBT Calm helps people who are feeling stressed and want to learn relaxation skills. It assesses your stress level, provides relaxation skills, and also includes links to online resources for stress and anxiety.
  • Micromedex (free): Keeping up-to-date on medications is pretty daunting, but this app, with frequent updates, helps you keep track od a medication, its Black Box warnings, contraindications, drug interactions, adverse effects, alternate names, standard dosages and more.
  • Unstuck (free): Unstuck is an ipad app for personal growth, designed to kick-start success for specific kinds of stuck moments
  • DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach ($4.99): THis is a DBT resource manual that provides an easy way to fill out diary cards.
  • eMoods Mood Tracker ($1.99)This ap lets clients track their moods, medication, triggers, etc.
  • Live Happy ($.99): This is a strengths-based ap that draws on principals of positive psychology.  It helps clients to engage in coping tools, exploration and mindfulness.
  • GPS For The Soul (free): This app helps you track and self-regulate your stress.
  • My Pain Diary ($4.99): This is an award-winning app that helps clients manage chronic pain.
  • Gothere ($4.99)This ap provides directions and compares cost and travel time between driving and taking a bus, train or taxi.  There is a free Safari version of this ap.
  • One Love Lite (free): This app helps people detect abusive patterns in their relationship and aids in seeking professional assistance.  Remember that having this kind of app on ones own phone can be dangerous for someone in a current abusive relationship.  
  • Circle Of 6 (free): This app connects abuse victims who are not currently in abusive relationships with a circle of support.
  • Intend (free): The change reminder app for people who are working to create positive change in their lives.
  • Happier (free): This app encourages people to reflect and share a few happy moments each day.

Apps for Child Clients

  • Don’t Feed The Worry Bug ($2.99): This is an interactive story book from the Worry Woos collection that helps kids learn how to manage their anxiety.
  • Calm Counter ($2.99): This is a social story and anger management tool for children with special needs that helps them choose different calm down strategies.
  • The Sesame Street Incarceration App (free): This app provides parents and caregivers with tools to help children ages 3-8 cope with the many transitions related to a parent’s incarceration.
  • Sesame Street For Military Families (free): The Sesame Street for Military Families app puts all of Sesame’s bilingual (English & Spanish) resources for military families right in one place.

This list was compiled from apps featured in a number of articles, on pinterest  and in my phone.  I have not tried many of these apps personally so do your research before downloading.  To view the source articles click herehere, here, and here.  Does anyone have any favorite apps they want to share?

If you are interested in social work related technology then check out this great blog: SocialWorkTech