Five-Year Old's Christmas Gift - An App To Communicate


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Think you had a good Christmas? I guarantee you it was not as good as Victor Pauca's who received something he's been wanting for years - The ability to communicate his thoughts and feelings!

The five-year old boy from Winston-Salem, North Carolina suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder called Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, that he shares with only about 50 people in the world. This condition makes him unable to do things that most of us take for granted, including being able to talk.

When his parents searched for devices to help him, they discovered that what was available was either too low-tech - One even required a paper printout, or too expensive, costing thousands of dollars. That's when his father, a computer science professor at Wake Forest University, decided to collaborate with his students to develop something to help him. And, in this age of smart devices like the iPhone and iPad, it of course made sense to create an app that would be not only cheap to develop, but also deploy, so that it could be used by anybody in need.

The VerbalVictor app allows parents to select an image and record in their voice, the activity associated with it. For example, a photo of a park could be accompanied by 'I want to go out and play'. Once all the phrases and pictures have been recorded, all the user has to do, is press on the picture to communicate the message he/she is trying to convey.

Mr. Pauca believes that this will not only open up the mind of his child, but also others suffering from similar issues and, make life easier and better for everybody - without costing too much. Also, because the application uses the parents' voice and is accompanied by rich graphics, he believes it will appeal to the kids. Given the positive response he has received from parents since Verbal Victor was added to the App store last December, he is definitely on the right path!,

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  • joemammaWednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:19 am
    super cool app
    • Jeffy Friday, December 8, 2017 at 9:44 am
      This is amazing app
      • Jeffy wellsFriday, December 8, 2017 at 9:43 am
        That's Amazing
        • Jeffy WellsFriday, December 8, 2017 at 9:39 am
          thats amazing
          • foreverbritish
            foreverbritishMonday, November 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm
            It's amazing what people will do for people they love. I think it was so sweet that his dad did that for him and everyone else that has a need for something like it.😁
            • smiley4
              smiley4Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm
              What people can do these days. It is so amazing. I happy for the people who need that, I bet thhey will like it.
              • lemonade11
                lemonade11Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm
                I'm glad they founded an app for the kids that needed that!
                • SallySunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:59 am
                  Next who knows what they will have!!! I think maybe flying cars this is amazing I FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING NOW, I BELIVE I CAN FLY AND TOUCH THE SKY!
                  • :PTuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm
                    The things people are able to do these days... It's amazing!
                    • gymnast101Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:42 am
                      I think this app is really helpful!