From the hammock in the backyard - software to help stroke victims speak again - Clay Nichols - Bung

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MicroISVs often have both the luxury and challenge of working at home.  In this episode, our intrepid hosts, Michael Lehman and Bob Walsh, travel virtually to the backyard of the home of Clay and Terri B. Nichols founders of Bungalow Software to talk to Clay about software that helps victims of brain damaging illness learn to talk again.

The software Bungalow makes is a quintessential example of "scratching the itch".  In their own words:

Terri Nichols was frustrated.  A speech-pathologist providing therapy to stroke survivors, Terri's therapy time was limited.  And stroke recovery takes a lot of therapy.  Most of her patients could not afford all the therapy they wanted and needed.  And the Plateau Paradox meant that insurance coverage was limited.  Her patients needed an economical way to get a lot of speech therapy practice at home. So she turned to her husband, a computer programmer...

Terri explained in detail the methods she used for providing practice therapy.  She also showed him worksheets she created as "homework" for her patients.  Clay, in turn, developed the Aphasia Tutor computer (software)  program. What started as a 2 week project turned into a year long process of tweaking and refining the programs.
Bungalow Software was born.  That was 1994. It seems like last millennium.





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