I am a speech-language pathologist working in outpatient hospital setting. I recently used mytalk to work with a pt diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, based on a recommendation for a colleague who specializes in AAC.
Originally we were using MyTalk in an attempt to address my pt's expressive language deficits, but over time it became clear that the tradeoff between the amount of content (per page/ number of nested pages) and resulting cognitive load required to navigate and select among targets meant it was not the best way to meet their functional communication needs.
However, at that point the pt was already very familiar with the interface and basic navigation, so it was a natural step to use MyTalk to create a memory book for them (for those unfamiliar, here is an example of the approach: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers/AZ00020 - this is a replacement link to the earlier deleted link). We found that the program worked very well for this purpose, as content could be easily categorized with clear labels and pictures (e.g., 'family', 'memories', 'about me'). Its ability to use sound and video files was especially useful. These features allowed the pt to record the names of loved ones and their relation to her in their own voice paired with their pictures, and include narrated stories and videos of family events and memories recorded by grandchildren and other loved ones. This resulted in a qualitatively different end result than if we had been limited to pictures and text in a standard memory book.
I (and supporting family members) had some difficulty with the mechanics of the program and getting everything to work perfectly (converting/ uploading files types, library management/ syncing, and so forth), but received excellent and timely technical support whenever we asked. Overall, my department considers the experiment a success and will consider it as a possible tx option in the future.
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