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Archive for September 2012

Communication Devices

In the arena of Communication Devices there are endless options and possibilities.  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term that encompasses the tools and methodology used to support or replace communication for individuals that have speech or communication impairments.  Because of this broad definition a large range of tools and technology fall into the AAC or communication device category. As parents of a non-verbal child we have used and leveraged a wide-range of these communication devices and have taken

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Communication Apps

There are a lot of communication apps in the marketplace and the main reason is the definition of the word communication app.  In this article we will discuss some great communication apps that are designed to help non-verbal individuals or individuals with communication challenges communicate. Technology has always played a huge role in assisting individuals with communication needs allowing for tremendous advancements and growth of those individuals that without assistive technology would not otherwise be able to communicate their thoughts.

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urTalker Lite vs urTalker Pro

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urTalker Lite versus urTalker Pro We get asked this question a lot from people looking to purchase the product and it is a great question.  Both products are very similar and in fact have a lot of great functionality.  Both apps support the ability to create new categories, add new pictures/words, record new sound, schedule when a category is available and be able to build sentences or sequences of words or phrases.  The largest difference is the ability to display

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App for adding pictures with sound

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 An App for That App for adding your own pictures and recording your own sound for click and playback was exactly what we were looking for a few years back and didn’t have great success finding one that was easy to use and configure for all different uses.  The next thing you know we built urTalker Lite and urTalker Pro to accomplish that and some, but when it comes to providing an easy way to take a picture with your

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Speech Apps for Special Needs and Speech Therapy

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Speech Apps for Special Needs and Speech Therapy Our son Nolan, pictured left, has been non-verbal for the last 11yrs.  We have been working with him since the age of 1 on speech utilizing a wide range of speech therapy, different therapists, and a wide assortment of assistive technology also known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices (AAC). The Feds Over the last five years we have incorporated a huge number of apps for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad into

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App helps nonverbal users communicate

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App helps nonverbal users communicate  Houston Chronicle – Allison Ward – 8/16/2012 (click here for article) “Nolan, can you say ‘Hi?’ Say hi please, Nolan. For Mommy? Can you say ‘Hi?’ ” Nolan Farris, 11, pointed to an icon on his iPad. A voice came from the device: “I love you.” His mother, Jody Farris, tried again. “Thank you,” she said. “I love you, too. Can you say ‘Hi?’ ” Eventually, Nolan put his finger on another icon. The iPad spoke: “Hi.” Jody was elated:

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices and Apps

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In the arena of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices there are endless options and possibilities.  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term that encompasses the tools and methodology used to support or replace communication for individuals that have speech or communication impairments.  Because of this broad definition a large range of tools and technology fall into the AAC device category. never forget the california As parents of a non-verbal child we have used and leveraged a wide-range of these

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iPad Apps for Stroke Patients and Stroke Victims

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A Stroke is a terrible event that occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops.  There are varying degrees of severity for Stroke victims and a good percentage of those victims lose some ability to communicate. As a family of a non-verbal child we were very familiar with communication apps and augmentative alternative communication devices (AAC) but had never considered the similar impact for Stroke victims until a family friend had a severe stroke.  While it was

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10 Augmentative Communication Apps for iPad

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication is the term that encompasses the tools and methodology used to support or replace communication for individuals that have speech or communication impairments. Technology has always played a huge role in assisting individuals with communication needs allowing for tremendous advancements and growth of those individuals that without AAC technology would not otherwise be able to communicate their thoughts. With the invention of the iPad the cost for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices and programs has

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