Patients with Aphasia can be helped with Speech Generating Device
February 20th, 2006
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.
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.
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
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