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 a severe stroke, this victim managed to survive the initial attack but lost the ability to communicate even the most basic needs such as what she wanted to eat. Mentally the response was there but the words either wouldn’t come out or would not come out correctly.
Upon hearing of this challenge we immediately recommended the iPad and a communication app we were familiar with, urTalker, as a way to give this women the ability to communicate again. It started slowly with just “yes” and “no” responses and then evolved into full grids of various foods and common activities that she enjoyed. The impact was amazing and we want to share a handful of apps that could help you or someone close to you that is a Stroke victim.
Apple Description:Verbally Premium is a full-featured augmentative & alternative communication (AAC) app for the iPad that brings speech to those without. Verbally Premium has the same intuitive design as Verbally, but also includes a host of expanded features to make real conversation a reality.
Price as of 9/2012: $99.99
Apple Description: urTalker Pro is a fully featured communication app providing affordable augmentative and alternative communication. This assistive technology app comes with fully customizable grid or “board” style views for categories and words allowing the user to grow with the app. You can start with simple 1 or 2 word communication views and move all the way up to 16 grid displays for advanced communication needs.
urTalker allow you to leverage the camera and audio on the iPad to add your own picture and sounds so individuals can fully personalize the app with their home, food, therapy or related items that help them communicate.
App Price as of 5/2013: $24.99
Apple Description: Proloquo2Go is a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution for people who have difficulty speaking. Proloquo2Go provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices (CURRENTLY ENGLISH ONLY), a high resolution library of over 14,000 symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, two researched-based vocabulary organizations, advanced word prediction, multiuser support, and the ability to fully customize vocabularies for users along a broad continuum of abilities, from beginning symbolic communication to full literacy.
App Price as of 9/2012: $189.99
Apple Description: TalkRocket Go is the world’s easiest to use communication aid for people with speech and language disabilities.
App Price as of 9/2012: $99.99
App Name: MyTalkTools Mobile
Apple Description: MyTalkTools Mobile for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad enables people with communication difficulties to express their needs and desires to those around them. Your purchase provides permanent access to MyTalk Mobile (totally stand alone software)and a 30 day trial of optional MyTalk Workspace. Together, they represent a major breakthrough in augmentative, alternative communications (AAC) by making it easy to customize how you communicate through a variety of images, pictures, symbols, video and audio files including human voice. In 5 minutes, you can create your very own content and communicate in a way that YOU choose. You also won’t have to worry about losing or breaking your device as all information is backed up on MyTalk Workspace. MyTalk offers ease of use and time-savings in a portable, effective, and cool communication tool. MyTalk helps people communicate in a whole new way.
App Price as of 9/2012: $49.99