I know these are aliens to most of us, but I have downloaded one, to help S communicate. Well, I actually downloaded two, but one Touch voice Gold is useless, am now fighting to get my money back.
The one we have got, is very basis, but S can use it. You either press words, or type in your own sentence and press speak, hey presto, the iPad speaks!!!
S can use it, even though, he is NOT a typist, rarely used a computer, OK if he doesn't type the word correctly, the iPad just spells out what he has typed, but if I look at what he trying to converse, I can guess what he is saying!
The Speech Therapist is looking for a better programme for us, there are a lot of draw backs on the one we have, but she said there are loads out there! (Why nobody as told us, I don't know!!!)
But already, I feel as if we have got our monies worth. He won't use it a lot, but when he has, it's incredible. He has asked questions, that normally, he would have just ignored. Reminded me to turn off a heater, before going to bed, just asked his Personal Trainer, to take him for a walk! Suddenly, he is getting what he wants. He will insist on typing out a phase EXACTLY, how he would have spoken it! Which in one way, is very frustrating, because it takes so long, but another, it's having S back in the room with me! When he reminded me about the heater, I was NOT alone!!!
It was great in the pub after the match on Saturday, we were all using it, as nobody could hear themselves think in there!!! Again S felt part of the world, we were all doing exactly the same!
I know lots will be saying it's not for my loved one, but if S can use it, then there loads out there that can as well. Jill, Peter, Shasha, any one of you who is on this site with PSP, it will be very easy! My speech Therapist said some versions come with a free session, so you can try it out before buying. The one we have is called Touch Voice at £14.99, personally, if some thing worked well, I would move the decimal points several places to the right!!!!!! It does give S a buzz, when he types something out and presses speak! He has a voice again! Although I am fighting this rotten apathy, which is a shame.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend the App, we have at the moment, but when we find one that is better, I will let you know. But in the mean time, ask your Speech Therapist about which one would suit your loved one. There are things out there, that will help with this evil lack of communication, with technology as it is at the moment, new ones are being created as we speak!
Lots of love