June 13, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Independent developer Dr. Robert Gouthro, MD today is pleased to announce Answers:YesNo HD 3.2 for iPad, his customizable, talking communication tool for use by those who are either preverbal or nonverbal. Originally designed to assist a young man with autism and motor planning issues in communicating with others, the app displays two very large buttons: a green button labeled "Yes" and a red button labeled "No." When either button is touched, the user's Yes/No answer to a question is spoken aloud. Customized sets of button pairs can be quickly and easily created by inserting custom pictures and/or text. Also featured are: five different Yes/No voices; user definable button color, text, audio, and pictures; and the ability to pre-program five lesson plans, each consisting of six custom button pairs.
Dr. Gouthro, a physician, and his wife, a special needs nurse, saw the need for a simple, touchscreen communication board for those who are preverbal or nonverbal. Since its introduction in 2009, the app has been used successfully by individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, and other debilitating conditions. It is most often employed as an easy-to-use, enjoyable tool by parents, speech therapists, and teaching professionals who work with preverbal and nonverbal children/users to communicate or work on testing knowledge and comprehension. With multi-language support, Answers:YesNo is in daily use in many countries around the world.
The application is straightforward in design and operation. It has two, large buttons of different colors. Touching either, the user and teacher will hear a voice speak the selection aloud. In addition to the pre-recorded Yes/No button options, parents and teachers have the ability to quickly create their own button screens, which allow custom text and pictures on buttons, custom audio to play when the custom buttons are selected, and the creation of up to 30 new button pairs. Because of the ability to assign recorded audio to each button, Answers:YesNo HD will support any language the user speaks.
Although there are now many iOS apps that assist with communication, Answers:YesNo HD remains focused on a simple, easy-to-use interface for those who are non- or preverbal. YesNo HD continues to give these children and adults a voice by giving them the ability to answer simple questions using an iPad.
* Large buttons to assist with activation
* Five Yes/No voices: man, woman, cartoon, boy, and girl
* Custom buttons with user defined colors, text, audio, and pictures
* Five Lesson Plans, each consisting of six custom button pairs
* Enhanced navigation options (four different on/off choices)
* Visual cue of selected buttons for the hearing impaired
* Multi-language support
* Built-in Record Audio on to a custom button
* Built-in Import Picture on to a custom button
* Simple Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) tool
"Answers:YesNo HD is an ideal tool for anyone who teaches, treats, or cares for someone who is verbally challenged," stated Dr. Gouthro. "It is a wonderfully simple, versatile, and multi-sensory means of enabling basic communication."
* Compatible with iPad
* iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
Pricing and Availability:
Answers:YesNo HD is $3.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. Answers:YesNo 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch is $0.99. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Simplified Touch team is an independent software company started by Robert Gouthro, MD in October 2009. With a focus on touchscreen devices, the company's mission is to provide low cost, high function iOS applications that perform one task, but perform it well. Copyright (C) 2011 Simplified Touch. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.