How To Get An AAC Device

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) comes in many shapes, sizes, and levels of complexity. No-tech and low-tech AAC — such as gestures and communication boards — can help many people with their needs. But there are also cases where high-tech AAC might be a more appropriate fit. People with speech or language impairments caused by…

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What To Know About Communicating With An AAC Device User

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices are varied and powerful tools that can help people with certain speech and/or language impairments communicate. But for prospective AAC device users, the thought of relying on technology can sometimes be intimidating, despite all the benefits they can provide. One of the primary concerns device users have is how…

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Best Free Online Reading Resources For Adults

By guest author: Devin Fisher, M.S., CCC-SLP I want people to know that there are resources out there at no cost that may be helpful relative to using and working on literacy skills. It’s important to engage regularly in reading activities, as there is a strong relationship between literacy skills and other cognitive-communication skills. So,…

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Coping With A Primary Progressive Aphasia Diagnosis

What Is Primary Progressive Aphasia? Primary progressive aphasia — or PPA — is a health condition that differs from other types of aphasia. Unlike PPA, aphasia is caused by events such as stroke or traumatic brain injury. PPA is a neurological syndrome in which the language centers of the brain degenerate over time. When aphasia…

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The Causes Of Aphasia And What Makes Them Different

Even though aphasia affects millions of Americans, most people have not heard of it, at least by name. The acquired communication disorder affects a person’s ability to process, use, and/or understand language. If that description of aphasia sounds similar to what you know about those who have had a stroke, that’s because it’s the same…

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Virtual Connections Featured Partner: Stroke Onward

Founded in 2019 by stroke survivor Debra Meyerson and her husband Steve Zuckerman, Stroke Onward, a non-profit initiative of the Social Good Fund, works to provide stroke survivors, care partners, and healthcare professionals with resources to help navigate the emotional journey to rebuild identities and rewarding lives. There are seven million stroke survivors in the…

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Lingraphica Signs On In Support Of The For The People Act

People with aphasia and other speech or language impairments experience many challenges in their day-to-day lives. The ability to speak, read, write, and understand language can range from mildly challenging to severely difficult. When those abilities fall short, it can disrupt any task or interaction that involves speech or language — including one’s right to…

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Lingraphica Names Juneteenth A Company Holiday

Effective immediately, Lingraphica will honor Juneteenth as a company holiday for all employees. Diversity, equity, and inclusion have long been present in our decision-making at Lingraphica. Sometimes we’ve done well. Many times we’ve fallen short. In the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement and the murder of George Floyd, we have been reflecting…

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Virtual Connections For Aphasia Caregivers

There are no doubts about it: Caregiving is hard work. But hard work can take its toll, and those consequences aren’t always as obvious or even acknowledged. At Lingraphica, we’re fortunate to interact with aphasia caregivers on a daily basis. In 2020, we reached out to hundreds of caregivers to try and learn more about…

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Introducing More Inclusive Skin Tone Options To Our AAC Devices

Throughout history, humans have relied on symbols to represent or convey certain messages. From prehistoric cave paintings to modern street signs, simple images can express ideas, rules, and emotions. Now, iconography in the form of emoticons are a part of our day-to-day lives in unique ways. A smiley face as a reply to text message…

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