What is a communication aid?
Diseases such as ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, a brain stroke and many other diseases may lead to a normal communiation being no longer possible.
A communication aid is a computer that runs software that can best compensate for the limitations of these diseases.
OnScreenCommunicator is such software.
Below is a list of diseases and how OnScreenCommunicator can compensate for the associated disabilities.
At a certain state of progression of the disease, all muscles will (as those afflicated with this disease say) be "useless", and only eye movements will still be possible.
The mind however is widely awake and works completely normal.
This is called "locked-in syndrome".
Now it's about becoming able to communicate again as nothing is more horrible than not being able to share thoughts, feelings and wishes with other people.
All mentioned restrictions in communication as part of ALS can be compensated by a communications aids like the shown "OnScreenCommunicator".
Many users of OnScreenCommunicator have started with the popular OnScreenKeys keyboard, because it already offers many features to compensate for the initial symptoms of ALS, such as mouse clicks without pressing the mouse buttons and a sophisticated screen keyboard with additional phrases for quick typing.
Most users then switch to OnScreenCommunicator at a later stage of the disease as this gives them even more options.
Via a so-called eye tracker, which is connected to OnScreenCommunicator, all tasks on the computer can also be performed with the eyes via OnScreenCommunicator.
Also the control of e.g. televisions, shutters, door openers and other devices are possible via an "environment control". The environment control is also operated via OnScreenCommunicator.
OnScreenCommunicator is a user interface that can be used to perform all tasks despite a disability.
More about OnScreenCommunicator at ALS
In case of a very strong stroke, the communication aid "OnScreenCommunicator" offers immediate communication. When the person is thirsty, he clicks on the "glass of water" button, and the computer voice says, "I'm thirsty."
When having a headache, the affected person clicks on the symbol that shows a head and a lightning bolt. The computer voice then speaks z. B. "I have a headache."
The sooner and more intensively practicing and using a communication aid starts, the sooner the improvement takes place.
To improve communication skills, OnScreenCommunicator offers many surfaces designed by therapists.
These surfaces can be used during therapy and at home for practice.
More about the learning strategies after a stroke
In case of a word finding disorder, the patient can also train at home using the "Sounding out" add-on module.
More about the "Sounding-out" module in case of word finding disorders
A large chapter in OnScreenCommunicator was also devoted to memory aids:
With the "Memoria" remembrance and reminder module, patients are offered a comprehensive collection of functions with which they can best compensate for poor or non-existent memory:
More about the "Memoria" reminder & remembrance module
A particular problem arises when a patient with a migration background suddenly no longer understands or speaks English.
It happens relatively often that a patient after a stroke only speaks his or her mother tongue, although he or she has already spoken English well for many years.
In this case, a solution must be found as to how the patient can still communicate with English nursing staff.
The "Worldwide" add-on module offers a solution to this problem.
More about the "Worlwide" add-on module
Multilingual communication in everyday hospital lifeIn everyday hospital life it often happens that patients do not speak English and do not understand English.
This makes communication between doctor and patient extremely difficult when no "interpreter" is present.
The "Multilingual Clinic Interface" of the OnScreenCommunicator in combination with the "WorldWide" module is ideal for this case.
More about the mulilingual hospital solution
Spastic motor function with inability to speak and blindnessOxygen deficiency at birth can lead to serious disability. Spastic paralysis, cognitive impairment, blindness and other physical disabilities are often the result.
The ability to communicate is often severely affected in most cases because they do not have the opportunity to learn written language because of the disability.
What many do not know:
In these cases too, the appropriate communication aid can often be used to achieve great learning and communication improvements.
Those affected gratefully accept suitable help offers and show unexpected abilities that were previously impossible due to the restriction.
The communication aid in this process represents both a learning and a communication tool.
The OnScreenCommunicator communication aid allows blind, spastic paralyzed and non-speaking people to express themselves, learn written language, write e-mails and communicate with their environment via a loudspeaker.
All disabilities are compensated by the corresponding functions in the communication aid. By using a single switch, the user virtually moves around in his communication aid, and a computer voice that only the user can hear through a headset, he knows where he is.
The support department of "OnScreenCommunicator" is well versed in all cases and helps with the set-up, gives advice and tips and helps those affected and their families.
More about OnScreenCommunicator for spastic motor function with speech impairment and blindness
Easy to operate even with impaired motor skills
Over 20 input methods (mouse, switch, eye tracker, joystick , etc.) allow operating the software at disease such as ALS, stroke, multiple sclerosis and muscular distrophy.Learn more
Comfortable communication using text or symbols
Additionally eMail, internet, Skype, a calendar and much more are available within the software.
People who communicate by symbols may use the in-house symbol library that contains over 5000 images.