In Speech Recovery, a Singular Focus on Aphasia Makes the Difference

Oct 08, 2012 | by Michele Hart-Henry

The Top 5 Features People with Aphasia Should Look for in a Device

For anyone struggling with aphasia, it’s usually the little, everyday interactions that are challenging. Let’s take ordering a pizza, for example.
 
Imagine the frustration: you know what to do (after all, you have ordered hundreds of pizzas before your stroke), but you’re unable to articulate your thoughts, find your words, and effectively communicate that you want a large pepperoni with thin crust. It’s during these moments that people suffering from aphasia think that recovery of speech is impossible.

The advent of smaller, portable computers has certainly enabled a more mobile and interactive experience in recovering language. But at Lingraphica, we really understand the struggles of those who have aphasia because we’ve been at the forefront of technology for the aphasia community for decades.

Richard Steele, Ph.D., our Chief Scientist, will tell you that one of the biggest misconceptions years ago about aphasia was that lost language skills couldn’t be recovered after six months. His research in speech recovery since the 1970s has led to a deeper understanding of the barriers to and solutions for adults recovering language. We believe that one of our most groundbreaking discoveries is that speech can be significantly restored — even years after the stroke.

Why is this significant? Because it’s usually years after the initial stroke—during the chronic phase—that people are willing to experiment with a speech-generating device.

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While many types of devices are available today, not all have been specifically designed for adults with aphasia. In contrast, we have refined our design technology to focus on five key areas:
  1. Adult-appropriate Icons
  2. Verb animation
  3. Our unique “projection” feature that stimulates users and focuses their attention
  4. Customization of icons and phrases
  5. Customization of controls (speed, repition, voice repition)

Our goal is to continue to develop devices and apps that directly address the needs of adults with aphasia. And we are succeeding. Watch the video of a member of the Lingraphica User Group order a pizza using nothing but his AllTalk device.

Contact Lingraphica to learn more about our unique approach to speech-generating devices and speech recovery.

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