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.
Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
I just wanted to say thank you to the developers for making these apps. My mother is in and out of the hospital a lot with her MS, and usually for the majority of the stay she is on her ventilator. I know this is going to make her life a lot easier, as well as gice my dad and i some peace of mind during the unfortunate times when one of cannot be there with her. Thank you so much for this and also for offering this and the companion programs for free. Just one more reason the iPad is changing the lives of people with various disabilities and improving thier quality of life. To give someone a voice again is a wonderful thing. Thank you from me and my family.
Must have app
This app is a must have! I love this app. I like how it's free, simple to use, and adult friendly. It has phrases and pictures I can press and it speaks very clearly for others to hear. Thank you!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.