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ClaroCom UK (Not available in U.S.A. iTunes store)
My father recently had a tracheotomy, and he has been unable to speak since the tube was inserted. He also has ALS, so with his dominant arm being frozen and not being able to talk, communication has become a huge frustration for him. I went on the search for a good app to help him communicate. I needed something that he could use with his non-dominant hand and something that was good for an adult. I also wanted something that was not too expensive, because we know at some point, he may lose the muscle and movement in his left arm also and will no longer be able to access this app.
ClaroCom USA has proved to be just the app that he needed. It has a wide range of already saved phrases sorted by subject and even by places. There are phrases for banking, coffee shop, education, home, hygiene and much more. The user can add their own phrases into each category. There is a "favorites" category to save commonly used phrases also.
This app provides word and phrase prediction software. As a user begins to type, words and phrases will appear that can be chosen by clicking on them. Once a phrase is typed or chosen, it shows up in the top box. If a phrase is chosen, the app will immediately read the phrase, but it can be reread by clicking on the speech button. When typing in messages, the app will read only when the speech button is pushed.
We bought my father a call bell to use to get help and to be annoying with, but I realized that this app even has a bell. On the bottom of the screen, a user can choose a check mark to say yes, an X to say no and a bell to ring for attention. There are also quick buttons on the bottom for speaking what is in the box, going to favorites and accessing the keyboard for typing.
Settings allow for some customization. With the free version, a user can choose a male or female voice. More voices can be purchased for $1.99 each as in-app purchases. The rate of speech, the font style and the font size can all be customized. The overall display can also be changed to fit the user's preference.
Here is a short video from the developers about the basics of this app: