Archive for the ‘Augmentative and Alternative Communication’ Category

Aphasia recovery: “Speaking of Technology” by Jan Caswell in the Stroke Connection Magazine

March 20, 2016

Too often, speech therapy insurance runs out before recovery has run its course. One way to get more speech therapy hours is to incorporate the use of technology devices. “Speaking of Technology” discusses the practical benefits of technology apps and mentions several apps you may be interested in investigating. Your speech therapist can help narrow down the various apps that will best help for your particular aphasia.

Contributed by Carol Cline Schultz, author of Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey.

Aphasia Recovery with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

November 21, 2012

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a highfalutin term that encompasses all forms of communication other than oral speech. When an aphasic stroke victim experiences severe language difficulties, or when recovery proceeds more slowly than they wish, AAC may be a boon. Traditionally, AAC has included facial expression, gestures, pictures and letter boards. Today, electronic devices with apps are included.

In a small group discussion, VA Merit Grant Phonomotor Treatment study participants shared some of the AAC electronic devices they used. Some of the participants could speak, but writing was difficult. Some were not able to read, but could understand what was spoken to them. Some of the devices they used spoke out text messages, emails, letters and even books for them. Others translated the aphasic’s speech to written words.

Programs that read text out loud:

WYNN™Literacy Software

Washington Talking Book and Braille Library They have devices that read audio-books, and you can adjust settings like reading speed (slow, fast).

This is the program John talked about. Program: Kerzweil 3000, Scanner: FujitsuS1500 (for PC) / FujitsuS1500M (forMac)

Dragon software: converts speech to text (so you can speak emails, text messages, etc..Below is the link for purchasing Dragon. I believe you can also download an app for iPhones.


Ever Note: memory and organizational aid

SIRI for iPhone: voice activated; (only works with certain versions of iPhone; check with your provider to see if you have Siri).

Web search keyword: “Augmentative and alternative communication”


Carol Cline Schultz, Author

Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey