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What Makes Lingraphica’s TouchTalk Plus Stand Out

In 2011, we launched our midsize tablet called the TouchTalk. In the 10-plus years since, it has become our most popular communication device. We’re thrilled at how the TouchTalk has helped individuals with a variety of speech and language impairments to improve their communication, speech, and quality of life. Over the last decade, the TouchTalk…

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,…

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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Preparing For Police Encounters If You Have A Communication Impairment

The ability to communicate helps individuals engage with the world around them. From saying goodnight to a loved one to asking a doctor for help, it’s how we exchange information. When certain conditions or impairments affect things like speech and language, communication can become less effective. When communication falls short, the harsh reality is that…

How An AAC Device Can Help You Improve Your Speech

As you may have recently learned, an augmentative and alternative (AAC) device can help individuals with speech and language impairments to communicate in several ways. But, AAC devices offer far more than a way to communicate. They are actually shown to improve speech in several studies. Nonetheless, there is a persistent and common misperception that…

How to Communicate with An AAC Device

An augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device is a tool that helps someone with a speech and language impairment to communicate with others more effectively. The devices are commonly used by individuals with conditions like aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, autism, or a developmental disability. Since these conditions affect a variety of cognitive and physical abilities, it’s important…

Four Ways to Improve Communication While at Home

Just because you’re spending more time at home doesn’t mean you have to stop working on your communication. In fact, it may be the perfect opportunity to dedicate time each day to getting online and finding resources that will help you improve your communication.   Here are four ways to improve your communication during COVID-19:

A Simple Guide to Communicating Over Video Chat

With most of the world under social distancing orders, staying connected to friends and loved ones has become increasingly important. Although older adults are certainly accustomed to picking up the phone to speak to someone, many are still unfamiliar or uncertain about using video chat. Here is a simple guide you can use to help…