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  • Kanathil
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    Hi am from India, mnd person for more than 20 years, now fifty years.

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  • JAY TEE
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    Miranda, I have used Speakit app on my phone and iPads. Few weeks ago I updated my iPhone and it will not accept the out of date Speakit app. I lost lots of my stories and my questions and answers I had saved. I have not updated two iPads yet until Speakit upgrade so you can continue to use it.
    Have good new year John

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  • miranda
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    I have been using the Speak It app on my iPad for several years. It cost less than £5 and is perfectly adequate. It has a choice of good voices and it's possible to save regularly used phrases. It's basic and simple to use and I've never been tempted to go for anything more sophisticated!

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  • Ellie
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    Wow, not cheap!! Why should an App have different prices in different markets??


    On my Apple App store, Predictable for iPad is "only" €179.99 (equal to £158)

    Hope it works well for you Charles.

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  • Terry
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    Hi Charles;

    https://www.therapy-box.co.uk/predictable and around £200.

    Love Terry

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  • njm
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    Barry:
    The way I cope is to try control what I can.
    I have an IPad.
    How do I purchase the Predictable app?
    Where do I get it and what does it cost?

    Best

    Charles

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  • AndyB
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    Originally posted by Barry52 View Post
    Andy and Charles,

    Please don’t pay for the app as under statute, the NHS is obliged to provide communication equipment and this includes a communication device and app. You need to involve your SLT to get the ball rolling. They gave me an iPad and predictable however you can’t use their equipment for social media and other apps so I persuaded them to load the predictable app onto my own iPad.

    Best wishes,
    Barry
    Yes, thanks Barry, I've been told I should get some funding as and when required, but as Charles has said it's best to get things in place before they are needed.

    Best wishes Andy

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  • Barry52
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    Originally posted by njm View Post
    Barry:
    Thanks. I am with you on this. problem I have is the SLT told me they will fund it but I am not ready for it. Meaning I can still talk intelligibly. However I want to get ahead of the curve and want to experiment with it in certain settings. So I am looking to funding myself so I can get ahead of the curve.

    Best

    Charles
    I don’t blame you for that Charles. We do our best to stay one step ahead of this disease and as ever the support services are 2 steps behind.

    Barry

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  • Doug Carpenter
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    Hi Lynne
    Welcome to this fantastic community of very kind and knowledgeable people that is this forum. In the brief time I’ve been around I’ve found it immensely helpful.

    Apart from the obvious, a big problem with MND is its variability. Particularly if yours progresses slowly, you may find it helpful to keep track of your ALS functional rating score as an objective measure of your condition. Otherwise, we all tend to forget what things were like in the past.

    A handy form of the latest version (ALSFRS-R) can be found at:

    http://www.outcomes-umassmed.org/als/alsscale.aspx

    You mentioned voice banking and Riluzole. Model Talker is certainly the way to go, if you have good recording conditions.

    Trials have shown that Riluzole can have a small beneficial effect. It is widely tolerated, but your medics will probably want monthly then three-monthly blood tests to monitor liver function.

    Below is a re-post of something I found recently about past Riluzole trials:

    Just came across a rather lengthy paper that is a review of Riluzole trials up to 2011.

    The link is: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...01447.pub3/pdf

    The main conclusions are/were:
    A U T H O R S ’ C O N C L U S I O N S
    Implications for practice

    Riluzole 100mg daily probably prolongs median survival by two to
    three months in patients with probable and definite amyotrophic
    lateral sclerosis with symptoms less than five years, forced vital
    capacity greater than 60%and aged less than 75 years. More studies
    are needed, especially to determine whether patients treated earlier
    or older, more advanced patients with longstanding disease derive
    the same benefit. Benefits are not apparent to individual patients.
    The most frequent side effects are nausea and asthenia. Liver function
    becomes altered and requires monitoring.

    Implications for research

    Future trials should examine the effect on quality of life, functionality
    (ALSFRS-R), and in different subgroups (for example,
    more severely affected and older compared with mildly affected
    and younger patients). Data from all clinical trials should be made
    available to the scientific community. Genotyping in future trials
    might be useful to analyze the heterogeneity of responses to therapy.

    All the best for 2018.
    Doug

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  • njm
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    Barry:
    Thanks. I am with you on this. problem I have is the SLT told me they will fund it but I am not ready for it. Meaning I can still talk intelligibly. However I want to get ahead of the curve and want to experiment with it in certain settings. So I am looking to funding myself so I can get ahead of the curve.

    Best

    Charles

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  • Barry52
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    Andy and Charles,

    Please don’t pay for the app as under statute, the NHS is obliged to provide communication equipment and this includes a communication device and app. You need to involve your SLT to get the ball rolling. They gave me an iPad and predictable however you can’t use their equipment for social media and other apps so I persuaded them to load the predictable app onto my own iPad.

    Best wishes,
    Barry

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  • AndyB
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    Hi Charles
    I haven't downloaded my voice from ModelTalker yet. What I have done though is type in a few trial sentences within the MT online software to see what it sounds like. When you hear your own voice it often seems nothing like you would expect which is why I asked my wife for her opinion and she said it sounded just like me.

    There is an app for the iPad called Predicable which is the one mentioned in the voice banking guide written by Lee Milward ( Onein400.files.wordpress.com). This is the one I will buy as and when I need it.

    Andy

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  • njm
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    Andy:
    Like you I used Modeltalker the moment I was diagnosed. I recorded it and stored it. That is 4 years ago. I now want to experiment with it and use it in select settings.

    What equipment do you use?
    I have not downloaded it onto any app.

    Please advise.

    Charles

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  • AndyB
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    Lynne, I used ModelTalker, I didn't have to download anything, just set up an account and record it online. There is now a charge of $100 for those registering after July 2016, it was free when I started my recording. It took me many months but that was partly because my voice was (and still is) unaffected by the illness so I just took my time. My wife tells me that it really does sound like me, so I think it's well worth it. Not much fun doing the recordings though. 1600 sentences have to be recorded and some of them you have to keep repeating until the recording is good enough. Have fun .

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  • Lynne K
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    Thanks Andy and good luck with working from home. As I'm a driving instructor I cannot do that at home but wonder what else I could manage. Terry my speech therapist recommeded Model Talker 2. I haven't downloaded it yet but will when I get the time. My husband is a musician (retired teacher of sciences and IT) and he records live music and works on it at home. He said that he has a decent mic and separate headset that I can use. He's going to set me up in our quiet back bedroom that I have a desk and all my knitting machines and yarn in. In case you are wondering I haven't done any knitting for ages and don't know if my week right hand fingers can manage it but I'm going to try soon because one of my family is expecting and it'd feel good to do some baby items.

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