Neuro Hero - Reconnecting Networks

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Neuro Hero

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Awardee 2012

The Challenge

People with speech and language difficulties often find communication and social interaction challenging. Professional therapy may be prohibitively expensive and the state provides limited therapeutic support. For friends and family, communicating effectively with their loved one is not always intuitive; they often need guidance and support to develop the necessary skills and approaches.

This often leads to the family carer becoming the only focal point for communication, with little or no respite. In these cases, both the carer and their loved one can become isolated and consequently suffer from depression. When depression strikes someone with a deficit, it typically leads to a poor uptake of rehabilitation therapy and a loss of life skills.

The Idea

Following her husband’s stroke in 2006, Aviva Cohen quickly learned the challenges associated with communication difficulties. Based on this experience, Aviva created Neuro Hero to create therapeutic activities, in the form of apps, for people with speech and language difficulties. Many of these apps also have the potential to help friends and family learn how to engage and communicate more effectively.

In addition, Neuro Hero produces 'One Skill' videos to help friends and family learn how to interact with a loved one who is living with a communication difficulty. Each video is less than three minutes long and includes three elements: it shows how a conversation can go wrong, how to have a more productive conversation and it helps you to remember the important points.

An Update from Aviva

Neuro Hero has just launched four 'One Skill' videos and they have submitted four 'Talk Around IT' communication apps to the App Store for approval. These apps will soon be providing home based rehabilitation for people with word finding difficulties. For more information please go to: www.neurohero.com

 

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