App for non verbal adults?

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  1. ASLinterpreter

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    Hello everyone! I am a freelance ASL interpreter and work mostly in the medical field. I have been getting more and more calls to work with patients that are hearing, but now have a trach and are unable to speak. Most of them have full cognitive function but are unable to write. I am a skilled lip reader, but these situations make it very tough! I am looking for an app that would be good for an adult trying to get their thoughts across but are just unable to speak. Everything I am finding is geared toward little kids.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Hi Jeffrey-

    I, too, deal with patients and on occasion have some with hearing impairment as well. In fact I have one that I am currently seeing and need ways to find out how they rate their pain and where it is located for JCAHO standards.

    Have you tried this app: phrase board? I am going to try this with my patient on thursday to see how it goes.

    See the app below:



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    Hope this gives you some direction with your patient population.

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    Thanks so much for the suggestion! I will check it out.

    I am also looking for an app that makes almost the whole iPad screen a keyboard. Some patients want to type, but don't have the ability to use the small keyboard. Any suggestions for that??
     
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    Hmmm...I have to check the AppStore for that, but while I do that-have you tried a blue tooth keyboard for them? That way they could see what they are typing. Or, even a notewriter app where you write on the screen of the iPad.

    See this recent thread by NYhorsewoman: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-gene...etaking-drawing-brainstorming.html#post519721

    Addendum: This is good to know for me, for when my arthritic hand patients need a little bit bigger keyboard. Here are 2 keyboard apps that you could try.
    Key words I typed in: Big keyboard

    So big typing:


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    Keyboard+:


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    Try these out. I didn't see any for free, but these may be useful.

    Carol
     
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    Thanks, Jeffrey!
     
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    You might take a look a The Fat Finger. Haven't tried it but it has some positive comments.
     
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    I'll have to check fat finger out. Thanks, Jewelgarden!
     
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    Happy to help. Let us know if you find it helpful.

    In a former career I worked on a stroke/head injury unit in our local hospital. Something like the iPad would have been a gift from heaven! All we had were spelling boards where you pointed to each letter as you spelled out words. So terribly slow and frustrating! Many patients didn't have the coordination or the stamina to spell out more than a word or two...but were just brimming with questions and things they needed to say. Very sad. I'd like to see much more done with the iPad for special needs communication-- on many levels.
     
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    The iPad is a wonderful device and really does have its place in the hospital and clinical settings. Our outpatient rehab group is currently looking at investing several iPads for clinical use with their patients as well as when performing screens/documentation.

    It really is a wonderful device that more people need to know about...and hopefully they will learn some of that on this forum!
     
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    Hi All,

    Just saw this post and wanted to chime in... my company, has created an iPad app that may solve the problem... and, there's a free version that is adequate for many users. I encourage you to check out Verbally (Verbally for iPad), and please send us a note if you have any questions or feedback.

    Also, if you need a larger keyboard than Verbally offers, the only "affordable" app that I am aware of with text-to-speech and a very large keyboard is "iMean."

    All the best,
    Ajay
     
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