New apps help stroke patients improve communication skills

By: November 21, 2013
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 Talk Around IT apps have been in development for more than two years and are designed in conjunction with speech and language therapists

Irish technology start-up called Neuro Hero has launched a new set of apps for iOS and Android that aim to 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”.

The four Talk Around IT apps were launched by Neuro Hero founder, Dr Aviva Cohen (above). The word-finding technology was inspired when Dr Cohen’s husband, Steve, survived a stroke which left him with severe expressive aphasia.

“I know firsthand how stroke, brain injury and other illnesses can lead to isolation and despair. I am determined to find practical, cost-effective ways to help families by creating effective home-based therapies and useful tools like our short videos,” says Dr Cohen.

There are around 30,000 people in Ireland living with the effects of stroke and conditions that can lead to speech and language difficulties.