From Madrid to Dublin with Neuro Hero

From Madrid to Dublin with Neuro Hero

Having lived in Madrid, Spain all my life I decided to pack my things and move to Ireland for an internship. I can say that moving abroad was the best decision I ever made. My internship at Neuro Hero started in February 2015 and before working here I didn´t know a lot about communication conditions such as aphasia. Neuro Hero has produced software to help people with word finding difficulties. It is called

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Autism, apps and the Arunima project

Autism, apps and the Arunima project

I first came across the Arunima project in 2011 while I was responding to queries on the Indian Autism forum. I was writing about my vision to improve services for people with Autism and Intellectual Disability in India. Aparna Das replied immediately and told me that’s she was in the process of building a facility in Dehradun, at the foothills of the Himalayas.

I immediately picked up the phone and asked her how I could play ...

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Guest Blog: Milind Sonawane SLT: the work begins

Meeting the Neuro Hero team

In December, I met my colleagues, Ian the “ IT guy” and Roisín the project manager. They are ever inquisitve and always have a critical take on things that relate to the project. I enjoyed the first meeting where ideas kept bouncing off the walls. My first assignment was to collect feedback from Speech and Language therapists around the world. The team were determined to improve their Talk Around It app which helps people with ‘word ...

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August 2014: Milind Sonawane SLT: becoming part of the digital world

The life of an SLT

It was a late September afternoon and I was spicing my soup when I read about an opportunity to work with Neuro Hero. As a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) I have always been interested in using digital technologies to help my patients. I started using SLT apps when I was working in MINDS clinic in Singapore and my private practice in India. My interest developed when I became a part of developing low cost assistive ...

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July 2014: Speech and Language App: Making changes

Speech and Language App: Making changes                         

Updating our app: an organic process

Part of my work with Neuro Hero includes gathering and documenting customer feedback in order to review our app Talk Around It. Enhancing customer satisfaction is such an important element and can be often overlooked when developing digital products. Although our apps are developed by Speech and Language therapists we also need to see how our software is being used by independent therapists using our apps ...

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May 2014: Words of encouragement

May 2014: Words of encouragement

This morning started with more than a little embarrassment. I work in an open plan space surrounded by around 30 people from other companies. I read a review written by a woman living with Aphasia and I found it difficult not to show my emotions. She downloaded our One Skill Video app and wrote a review on Google Play to express her excitement and relief. She wrote:

 

‘Helps so much in educating others to ...

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January 2014: Strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream

Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting St Raphael’s school where we met many of the extraordinary teachers and motivated students who fill their bright, joyful classrooms. This was the first time we had the opportunity to show our Talk Around It apps to staff at a special needs school and we were delighted by their response.

During that short visit we heard many stories but the tenacity of one teacher sums up the spirit that prevails ...

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February 2012: A change of direction

A change of direction

In the summer of 2011 my blog stopped appearing, my Facebook stopped posting and my Twitter stopped tweeting. There are lots of reasons for this, the main one was my intense focus on an incredible opportunity that I had to grab with both hands.

Research & Hope has always been a labour of love. I poured my heart and soul into creating the website and I am just as passionate about my ‘baby’ as I was at the start. ...

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