Verbal Victor is a special educational app aimed at helping children who have challenges in communicating and development. I posted a few weeks back about this app – because it has a great back story – of a father creating an app to help his disabled child. Here’s just a little slice of that background:
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.
And here’s an Intro to the app via its App Store page:
Verbal Victor is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) software application for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Verbal Victor is designed primarily for individuals with emerging communication skillls and developmental delays. It has two modes: administrator and user modes. In administrator mode, Verbal Victor can be customized to show two, four, or six buttons on each screen. The administrator (parent or therapist) can also use the administrator mode to create new buttons and record related audio for each button. In user mode, Verbal Victor allows the user to communicate in the same way as he/she would with a traditional AAC device. Access to the administrator mode is protected by gesture control (the user must hold two fingers on the screen for at least five seconds) and a password.
Verbal Victor was designed with input from special education teachers and speech therapists at the Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled, Winston-Salem, NC, and parents of children with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome.
Like any other entry level AAC device, Verbal Victor is designed for the parent or therapist to fully customize content to the child’s needs, via built-in cameras, built-in microphones, or through iTunes. Minimal content is provided.
I’m glad to see this app has hit the App Store. Here’s hoping it proves a great tool for Victor and lots of others.
You can find Verbal Victor in the App Store now, priced at $6.99.