Updated: 04/09/2014 12:43 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 5:21 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
As technology continues to grow, we're finding more ways to take advantage of it. Over the last week, St. Luke's Hospital has been testing an iPad app that is helping a stoke patient communicate.
It's called Go Talk Now and it can be customized to fit a patients needs. They can upload their own questions and answers.
Jon Pank is the first stroke patient to test out the app.
"He's excellent at it," Speech and Language Pathologist Ashley Weber said. "It's been great to see."
An encouraging sign that may help many more people for less money.
"The communication devices that are already on the market have been around for quite some time and they are fabulous devices, but they start at really high prices," Weber said.
Since the app is on an iPad, Jon can also upload the app to his personal tablet for use at home.
"He's even used it with his family if they have a hard time understanding him," Jessica Pank said.
Jessica and Jon have three kids. Jessica said he's come a long way since their lives changed in January.
"I didn't know if he could talk, if he'd be able to walk, if he could even verbalize sound," Jessica said. "Now, he's doing all those things."
He even showed off a video of himself walking down the hall with the help of staff Tuesday.
"Here, he's just improved so quickly and he's stayed really positive," Jessica said.
With iPads and iPhones being very socially acceptable these days, Weber said patients can use the device around town without having to worry about standing out.
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