First Assisted Communication Application for iPhone/iPod Touch Benefits Children and Persons with Special Needs

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Xcellent Creations, Inc. and Special Education teacher, Ian Walden, have developed iConverse which allows children or adults with special needs to use push button images to convey their basic needs to those around them.

Xcellent Creations, Inc. and Special Education teacher, Ian Walden, have developed iConverse which allows children or adults with special needs to use push button images to convey their basic needs to those around them.

Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. A child's overall future and success can be improved greatly through the early identification of communication disorders, establishment of their causes, and subsequent intervention. Both adults and children living with communicative disabilities are assisted by communication devices that allow them to be proficient in their environment.

Similar, more complex devices are commonly used in many Special Education classes, and in homes of individuals with special needs. These devices are often big, measuring 12 inches or more, and are very cumbersome to carry around. The price for these devices ranges from $300 - $5000 depending on the options selected. The slots for the pictures can be problematic for disabled individuals, and it is hard to string sentences together using the pictures while also focusing on the emotion you are trying to illustrate.

iConverse is simple enough that anyone at any level can use the application with ease and with no prior knowledge or training. The application features 6 buttons representing basic needs; eating, drinking, restroom, sickness, resting and help. When pressed, the need is displayed as a visual text and spoken as a verbal sentence by either a male or female voice.

Children who communicate with a speech generating device, are able converse with others at a comfortable distance and will not need an interpreter to explain their wants and needs. It allows these individuals to be independent in their surroundings, and it successfully contributes to increasing an individual's receptive and expressive communication.

The application currently uses only images for basic needs so as not to overwhelm a child/adult with options, in a situation that may already be overwhelming to them. For the price of an iPhone or iPod Touch, and this $4.99 application, a parent or caretaker can have a portable assisted communication device.

For additional information on iConverse, contact iphone@x-cr.com or visit http://www.iconverseapp.com. The iConverse product is available now in the Apple App Store.

ABOUT XCELLENT CREATIONS, INC.: Xcellent Creations, Inc. is a Denver based digital media company specializing in iPhone and web application development.

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