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Father invents iPhone app to aid his son to communicate

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-05-26 13:20

About the solution

Paul Pauca, an associate professor in computer science at Wake Forest University, began toying with the idea of developing an iPhone app to aid Victor in communication, so he invented Verbal Victor.

Verbal Victor is an iOS app that works similarly to many existing communication devices. A selection of buttons is displayed on the screen, each with a corresponding picture, such as a plate, a cup, or a swing. Pressing the desired button plays a recording that says things like, “I’m hungry,” “I want to swing,” and “I want to play outside.”

The app is also fully customizable. Parents can create their own buttons and recordings depending on their unique child’s wants and needs. They may even use different languages.
The app helps families who don't have the means to buy expensive communication tools talk to children who are developing their skills or who face serious delays in language development.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2Ms9tg3

More information: https://sites.google.com/site/verbalvictor/

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About the author

Paul Pauca, from USA, has a son, Victor who is a six-year-old boy with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, who suffers severe developmental delays, including those that affect his speech. Paul developed an app to help his son communicate.

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