Speciality: Adult Acute
Funding to the tune of £85,000 has been secured for a company in Wales to develop a speech therapy app.
It is hoped that when Cog-Neuro is launched it could help patients who have suffered a stroke or brain injury to recover.
People with other progressive neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis could also benefit.
Interactive games within the app will help the individual to develop their skills in five key areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking.
Research has shown that interactivity and concentrated attention are two key factors in helping the brain to regenerate, so Cog-Neuro will put particular emphasis on these.
Each of the games will start with visual instructions and provide users with feedback on how they’re doing. A report of their progress will also be emailed to them separately.
Funding for the app has come from Innovate UK, which provided a £60,000 grant, and the Development Bank of Wales with £25,000.
Sheiladen Montero Aquino, founder of Cog-Neuro, said: “Throughout my international practice in speech therapy, I have wanted to develop an innovative treatment that will help people communicate again after a stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s or Dementia.”
Rhiannon Brewer, a senior investment executive at the Development Bank of Wales, said that Cog-Neuro would be able to help some of the estimated 15,500 people in Wales who suffer from severe speech and communication problems.
There is currently a shortage of speech therapists across the UK, with people in many areas spending months or even years on waiting lists.
While it’s not predicted that the app will replace therapists, Cog-Neuro could help to ease some of the pressure on services.
Written by Martin Lambert
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