OLIENA (Google Play Store: www.bsk1.com/oliena) is an Android app for people with post-stroke aphasia. We recommend daily use of at least 30 minutes (better: 60 to 90 minutes) and, according to personal need and time availability, continuous training for months or years.

OLIENA and thousands of videos are free. There are no in-app purchases.

OLIENA — Open Language Interface for Enhanced Network Activity (by Kamps, Limoncino and Melis).


Figure 1. OLIENA - Language recovery after stroke. PDF, 278 pages. Download PDF.

Executive Summary

Every year, almost 20 million people suffer a first-time stroke and about a third of them have aphasia. Although aphasia often resolves spontaneously, many patients have persistent language disturbances. A conservative estimate of the number of people who require acute post-stroke speech therapy is one to two million each year (China: 200,000, Europe: 100,000, US: 50,000).

Unfortunately, in developing countries, there are few resources for post-stroke speech therapy. There, language recovery often depends on random interactions within families and communitites. In developed nations, though most patients do receive treatment, the intensity – a few hours per week over a few months – is categorically considered to be insufficient.

It has recently been suggested that intense daily listening to audio files on smartphone and tablets allows for efficient language learning even in subjects 60 years and older (please visit Ear2Memory.com). Here we present an Android application for aphasic patients (OLIENA 1.0, Google Play™: bsk1.com/oliena) that displays videos of a person pronouncing words or short sentences. Each video is played in a loop until the patient proceeds to the next word.

OLIENA has interfaces for patients and administrators (caregivers, speech therapists, physicians, etc.).

OLIENA is an open platform for the creation of individualized content (videos, words, pictures) in any language.

OLIENA is free and has no advertising!


Figure 1. The OLIENA entry page. First open the menu (yellow circle top left) and download content. The four main buttons are indicated by the yellow frame.

OLIENA Summary

After downloading the OLIENA player from the Google Play™ Store, there is nothing to play first, you need to download the original OLIENA video compilations. Open the menu (yellow circle top left), click ‘Download’ and select a compilation.

The 8 OLIENA Administrator buttons:

1. Rarely used: defines the maximum number of items displayed for each compilation.

Long-click: Display all.

2. Enter the listener mode.

3. Reactivate all hidden items.

4. Hide or reactivate the current item in the listener mode.

5. Stop/Play

LongClick: Set delay between repeats
(0.5 to 10 seconds).

6. Show next item.

LongClick: Show last item.

7. Select previous compilation.

LongClick: Activate (black) or deactivate (grey) buttons 7 and 8 in the listener mode.

8. Select next compilation.

LongClick: Activate (black) or deactivate (grey) buttons 7 and 8 in the listener mode.

Find a detailed description in the free OLIENA PDF.

Oliena is supported by the Angels Initiative: www.angels-initiative.com.