Aviva Cohen of Neuro Hero launching her new app with Minister Sean Sherlock, TD
Congratulations to SEI Award Winner 2012 Aviva Cohen who recently launched ground-breaking speech and language therapy apps for stroke and brain injury survivors
The apps (for IoS and Android) will provide affordable home-based therapy solutions for families whose loved ones have communication difficulties arising from stroke, brain injury and a range of other conditions.
We were delighted to see Minister Sean Sherlock TD, who was recently announced as the Minister with responsibility for social enterprise, launch the four Talk Around IT apps.
The word-finding technology was inspired when Aviva’s husband, Steve, survived a stroke which left him with severe expressive aphasia. Also launched today was a free version of the app focusing on natural objects: Talk Around IT Nature ‘light’.
The Talk Around IT apps have been in development for more than two years and are designed in conjunction with speech and language therapists. The apps provide speech and language therapy that people can use in the comfort of their home, without the cost of expensive therapy. They are designed to help those with word-finding difficulties re-learn everyday words. Each of the four word-finding apps has 50 pictures to name within a specific theme, such as common personal objects, animals and natural objects, masculine objects and household objects.
By bringing the therapy home, people can work on their rehabilitation for as many hours a day as they choose. Research shows that increasing the hours spent on these exercises significantly increases the chance of recovery.
By improving communication, Neuro Hero aims to tackle the social isolation that often affects families living with speech and language difficulties. With this in mind, the company has also launched a suite of educational videos. In less than three minutes, One Skill videos teach friends and family members one essential technique that can make conversation easier. There are around 30,000 people in Ireland living with the effects of stroke and conditions that can lead to speech and language difficulties.
For more information about Neuro Hero and its new range of apps and short educational videos, please log on to neurohero.com.
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