Identifying Device Candidates

One of the most frequently asked questions among SLPs who are new to high-tech AAC is, “Who is a good candidate for a Lingraphica AAC device?”  There are actually few requirements to giving a Lingraphica AAC device a try. In general, any patient who has the following characteristics can be a good candidate:

A Mod-Severe or Severe Impairment

A good candidate for a Lingraphica AAC device is someone with a mod-severe or severe expressive speech/language impairment, or a moderate impairment with a degenerative condition (e.g., PPA). Some of the diagnoses Lingraphica frequently works with include:

Physical Access

The ability to physically access the device in order to make selections is also key. With Lingraphica devices, users who are physically impaired have the option to use any of several different device accessories.

Supportive Family Or Communication Partner

Although Lingraphica AAC devices are simple to use, the reality is that many users will continue to need help using the device. Having a supportive family member or communication partner helps to bridge the gap between what the user would like to do but might be unable to. Additionally, they may help to motivate the user to continue to use the device consistently.

Intrinsic Motivation

Finally, it helps when the user is motivated to increase their communication and life participation. When motivated, a device user is more likely to consistently use the device enough to better their communication and quality of life.

That’s it! Despite many pervasive AAC myths, there are no specific prerequisite skills or requirements that your patient must meet. Lingraphica devices are built to be accessible even to those who have language and/or cognitive impairments, or who have never used technology before. There’s no minimum amount of time post-onset you need to wait – traditional therapy and AAC can work together to maximize communication and recovery (Dietz, Wallace & Weissling, 2020). Still not sure if your patient will benefit? A device trial is your opportunity to find out, with no obligation.

Lingraphica Can Help

Lingraphica offers free one-on-one consultations for SLPs who have someone on caseload who might be a good fit for an AAC device but aren’t entirely sure where to start. Call us at 866-570-8775 or visit the link below to get started.

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