My time at Neuro Hero

My time at Neuro Hero

As my time working as an intern at Neuro Hero draws to a close, I am able to reflect on the last 3 months as one of the most eye-opening times of my life. Between an education and an internship abroad, I have been able to learn an incredible amount in such a short time, about Ireland, Speech-Language Therapy, the latest innovations in therapeutic technology, and maybe most importantly, about myself.

I came into ...

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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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June 2014: ‘Made of More’

June 2014: ‘Made of More’

The Sapeurs in this picture embody a dignity and fighting spirit that can overcome poverty and adversity. By dressing in bright, elegant clothes they transform themselves and temporarily lift the spirits of a community in the Congo. As the Guinness ad proclaims, these men really are ‘made of more’.  

 

Yesterday I was captivated by a talk given by directors of Diageo and Milward Brown about how to create a brand. We watched numerous Guinness ads and ...

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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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Almudena’s work experience

Almudena’s work experience

After one month and half….

After one month and a half working in an Irish company I know that this is one of the best decisions of all my life. At the beginning I wasn´t sure if it would be a good opportunity to improve my English, but I need more professional experience on my Curriculum Vitae. My main concern about work experience was, if I could improve my English and at the same time get experience related with ...

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April 2014: Be a Weeble

Be a Weeble

When I was a little girl I saw an ad for an amazing new toy, a little doll with a catchy slogan “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. My little brother and I tested this claim over and over as we tried to make our Weebles stay down!

 

Years later at a self-development seminar I was asked to come up with a slogan that described my life. I was at a particularly low point, Steve ...

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March 2014: Three new words

Three new words

In 2006 a stroke caused Steve to lose his speech; since then he has been able to say “1,2,3”, “difficult” and a few other words. His frustration has been immense and the impact on family life is beyond measure.

This Saturday evening our daughters had a baking competition, Steve was the judge. Gina (now aged 14) presented a large, well risen, Oreo cake while Tanya (now aged 8) proudly handed over a modest, highly decorated chocolate ...

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2014: Andrew Marr speaks out for more physiotherapy after stroke

Andrew Marr speaks out for more physiotherapy after stroke

Andrew Marr’s eloquence and humour allowed ordinary people a real insight into life after stroke during his time with JohnathanRoss. This interview offered a rare combination of entertainment, inspiration and highlighting essential issues.

 In particular Andrew drew attention to the lack of physiotherapy available for ordinary people who are living with the consequences of stroke. In Ireland and the UK most people are offered six to eight ...

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Words that can never be forgotten

‘”If Schumacher survives he will not be Schumacher. He will be (Mr.) Bloggs. And his rehabilitation will only be effective if he comes to terms with being Bloggs – and fulfils what Bloggs can do,” said Richard Greenwood, a consultant neurologist at London’s Homerton Hospital and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.’ (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/15/us-brain-injury-idUSBREA0E1JQ20140115)

When I read this headline my blood ran cold. It brought me back to the café in a Dublin Hospital in July of 2006. ...

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