A Patient Finds a Voice after a Bumpy Road

Here’s another brief summary of that status of one of our patients using the iPad.  This is an entry from  Tara Brons, a first semester graduate student working with Renee:

Renee has been slowly, but surely, becoming more accustomed to the iPad. She was very excited about using it, but initially had trouble with the Proloquo program. We have been focusing on more of the typing aspect of the program, so she has more options in her responses. Today, Renee responded to “Wh-” questions with simple one word responses and seemed to do this with greater ease than what I had been asking her to do previously (type out full sentences). Renee has become much more skilled at typing, as initially she would hit the wrong button a lot. She still requires a limited field of choices sometimes to find the next letter in the word. Overall, she appears to be enjoying using the iPad and especially likes the text to speech button once she finishes typing a word.

Renee has very limited verbal ability as a result of her aphasia.  She also has upper extremity weakness secondary to her stroke which affects her ability to access the iPad.  However, notice how she persevered and is now able to type out one word responses.  She then gets the reinforcement of hearing the device speak for her.  Renee met the challenges posed by physically accessing the device, but her perseverance is paying off.

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