Here’s another of the stories that make the iPad’s ‘Magical’ tag seem perfectly legitimate.
Victor Pauca will have plenty of presents to unwrap on Christmas, but the 5-year-old Winston-Salem boy has already received the best gift he’ll get this year: the ability to communicate.
Victor has a rare genetic disorder that delays development of a number of skills, including speech. To help him and others with disabilities, his father, Paul, and some of his students at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem have created an application for the iPhone and iPad that turns their touch screens into communications tools.
The app is called VerbalVictor – here’s a little more about it:
The VerbalVictor app allows parents and caregivers to take pictures and record phrases to go with them. These become "buttons" on the screen that Victor touches when he wants to communicate. A picture of the backyard, for example, can be accompanied by a recording of a sentence like "I want to go outside and play." When Victor touches it, his parents or teachers know what he wants to do.
"The user records the voice, so it’s something the child’s familiar with. It’s not robotic," Paul Pauca said.
How great is that? It must be an awesome feeling to be able to create something like this for your child – and for all the other children who will benefit from the app.
Verbalvictor is expected to hit the App Store next week, at a price of $10. Here’s wishing it big success. It will take its place among a growing range of Special Education apps in the App Store. I hadn’t realized until today that there’s a dedicated section for these. It’s a great thing to see – you can find it HERE in iTunes.