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iPad Apps for Stroke Patients and Stroke Victims

Stroke iPad UseA 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.

App Name: Verbally Premium

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

urTalker ProApp Name: urTalker Pro

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

App Name: Proloquo2Go

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

TalkRocket Go by MyVoiceApp Name: TallRocket Go

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

6 Comments
  1. This is a great article.

  2. My father suffered a massive stroke 8 years ago that left him without the ability to communicate verbally. He is now in his 70′s and lives in a nursing home.

    I would love to hear from someone that has used any of these apps with an elderly stroke victim that is not normally computer literate.

    I believe my father understands what he can see and hear, however, he just can’t speak back. He is very alert although he doesn’t have usage of his left right arm due to the stroke.

    I look forward to hearing both good and bad reviews of these products. Thanks a million.

  3. My mother in law had a bad stroke on April of 2011..I am looking in to buying an iPad and I would like to know what apps that would help her communicate with us again..thank you and I hope you can help me..

  4. Christine… My heart goes out to you and your family on the unfortunate health of your Mother in Law. I am the same person that asked about the merit of some apps on the IPAD on behalf of my father.

    Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten any good or bad reviews of these communications products and have decided to delay purchasing an IPAD or any of these apps until we get some reviews.

    Good luck with your Mother In Law. Happy Holidays.

    Chris

    • My god mother also suffered a stroke in December 2012. We’ve noticed she’s been trying to communicate with us but its been hard with a white board. I downloaded Grid Player on my ipad and I’m pretty impressed of the app. I hope this way can be easier for her to communicate what she needs and feels. Hope it helps. Best of luck.

  5. I would love to also hear the views of people that havr used these apps. My dad had a stroke early last year. It his 50th this weekend and the family is looking at possibly purhasing one for him. As the stroke has left him unable to communicate. We want to help him in anyway we can

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