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Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device

February 20th, 2006

Stroke Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device

Lingraphicare's Lingraphica has Touch Screen capabilities

According to a research report by Lingraphicare America, there are an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 Americans that suffer a stroke that cause them to lose their ability to understand or express themselves with speech.  The term called aphasia is a just one of the frustrating disabilities that a stroke patient can endure.  It is estimated there are currently 1 million Americans that have aphasia.

A research project from Lingraphicare America, a manufacturer of the Lingraphica speech generating device for aphasia found that extended use of their product over a 20 week period helped aphasia patients improve their condition.  The Lingraphica speech generating device is a computer laptop that has specially designed software that has easy to select pictures that will speak the words or phrases for the corresponding picture.

 

There are two benefits for the aphasia stroke patients.  They are able to use speech generation to bridge the communication gap and get their needs met.  The other benefit is the ability to practice saying words or phrases at anytime, so that they may be able to recover their speech.

Lingraphicare's measured the aphasia patients using a Western Aphasia Battery (WAB) test.  After using the Lingraphica the patients improved to a less severe rating than what they were when they first began using the equipment.  Most of the patients have been through a previous treatment programs and have reached a plateau in them and were discharged.  Not only did the device offer the convenience of a communication device, it also improved their overall speech.

 

The benefits of having the program looks good, and aphasia stroke patients feel a little more in control of their situation.  Because they use a laptop computer they are able to use the device everywhere they go and are able to practice their speech on a regular basis.

The complete research report is available from the manufacturer.  The research paper also has been printed in a peer reviewed journals Aphasiology, Stroke, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.

 
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By Nicole Wilson
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