The SmallTalk Intensive Care app provides a picture-based vocabulary of phrases that patients can use to communicate their needs and feelings to medical-care providers in the ICU, such as “I have chest pain” and “I want a doctor.” The app is designed for anyone who has difficulty speaking or is unable to speak, due either to having a language impairment, not being a native speaker, or being intubated or on a tracheotomy tube.
Phrases are spoken in a natural human voice, and accompanying pictures clearly illustrate their meaning so that users do not need to be able to read English.
Research shows that patients who are able to effectively communicate their needs receive better care and have better outcomes.
iOS devices running iOS 4.0 or 4.1 should upgrade to 4.2 before downloading this app.
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SmallTalk Aphasia: Words and phrases to use in everyday situations, such as shopping, a doctor’s appointment, phone conversations, or emergencies.
SmallTalk Dysphagia: Phrases to communicate your swallowing needs.
SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises: Exercises to strengthen the oral musculature.
SmallTalk Conversational Phrases: Words and phrases commonly used in conversations.
SmallTalk Daily Activities: Words and phrases related to Activities of Daily Living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and leisure.
SmallTalk Intensive Care: Words and phrases patients can communicate to medical providers in the ICU.
SmallTalk Pain Scale: Pain descriptions and images from the Wong-Baker Faces Pain Scale.
SmallTalk Phonemes: Speech-exercises videos for all English phonemes.
SmallTalk Consonant Blends: Speech-exercise videos for consonant blends, such as “bl” and “str.”
SmallTalk Common Phrases: Speech-exercise videos for common phrases, such as greetings, conversational phrases, and aphasia-oriented phrases.
SmallTalk Days, Months, Dates: Speech-exercise videos for the days of the week, months of the year, and ordinal numbers 1st through 31st.
SmallTalk Letters, Numbers, Colors: Speech-exercise videos for the alphabet, numbers 1–20, and primary colors.