An AAC device, or an augmentative and alternative communication device, is a tool that helps someone communicate. In general, AAC can refer to many strategies and tools designed to assist or replace verbal speech. These include using gestures, and writing and drawing, among others. Specifically, an AAC device refers to technology, such as a tablet or computer, that assists with communication. They are also known as speech-generating devices, or SGDs. AAC devices come in many forms, but all of them provide an alternative way for someone to communicate by using some combination of pictures, words and/or typing. The AAC device then “says” the intended message with a digital voice.

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  • Designed for people with aphasia
  • Improve communication and life participation
  • Fully customizable and easy-to-use
  • Several therapeutic benefits
  • Lifelong support and training
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How Do These Devices Work?

To use an AAC device, the user inputs or selects a message, and the device communicates that message for them. The person using the device indicates their message in a variety of ways, typically by selecting a picture or word, or typing in their intended message. The device then says the intended message out loud. For instance, text-to-speech is a very simple form of high-tech AAC and is a great tool for people who can spell and type quickly. However, many people with aphasia experience difficulty typing their intended messages due to their language impairment.Son working with mother on a TouchTalk

Lingraphica devices use a combination of a visual image (a picture or drawing), a written word and voice output, all combined into one icon. The user selects the icon that represents the message they want to communicate, and the device says that message. Because the icons are picture-based, it is not necessary to be able to read or type in order to use a device.

Lingraphica devices come pre-programmed with thousands of common words and phrases. It is also easy to create custom icons that are meaningful and personal. Lingraphica’s icons are based on research to include features that are most effective for people with aphasia, such as:

  • Real pictures and realistic drawings: easier to understand and use than symbols for people with aphasia
  • Projection: icons get bigger and move toward the center of the screen, capturing the user’s attention and activating the brain
  • Verb animation: A static picture does not always represent an action as well as an animation for people with aphasia. Verb icons have the option to play a brief animation, which research has shown to improve comprehension.
  • Contextual scenes: Putting vocabulary in visual context can be very helpful for people with aphasia. For instance, a visual scene of a kitchen can be easier to understand than a single picture of a refrigerator.

What Are the Benefits of AAC Devices?

Using an AAC device has many benefits that have been shown both in research and in the success stories told by device users and their families. The most immediate and apparent benefit is improved communication, which is associated with many other benefits:

  • Ability to participate in hobbies and other meaningful life events
  • Increased independence for everyday activities and errands
  • Fewer communication breakdowns and reduced frustration
  • Better able to connect with family and friends

Another reason to use an AAC device is that it can have a therapeutic benefit for the device user. Using an AAC device has been shown to improve language skills and reduce the severity of aphasia. Many people have an increase in verbal speech when they start using an AAC device.

Finally, introducing an AAC device can be very beneficial for the caregiver of the person with aphasia. Caregivers report that they struggle to communicate with their loved one with aphasia, and that the person with aphasia is very dependent on them for communication assistance. Caregivers also report an increase in stress, poor sleep quality, and a lack of time for self-care and household chores. By helping the person with aphasia to become more independent, the caregiver can experience improvement in many of these related areas. As one caregiver said, “I feel like we aren’t playing charades anymore.”

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How Does A Device Help Someone with Aphasia to Communicate?

People with aphasia use AAC devices in different ways to help with communication. For some people, the device communicates for them. If someone is unable to communicate by speaking, they can touch the icon that represents “Let’s eat out!” and the device will say that message. In these cases, the device is a replacement for their speech.

Other people with aphasia are able to use the device in order to help themselves speak more. Some people have difficulty speaking on their own but are able to repeat the message after the device says it. Some even use the device with an earphone in, so that only they hear the device speaking. Once they have heard the device say a phrase in their ear, they are able to say it out loud.

Many people with aphasia are able to communicate better because they are prompted by the multi-modal cues in an AAC device. They might not be able to come up with their sister’s name without help, but when they see her picture and her name written underneath it, they are able to say the name.

What is the Difference Between an AAC Device and a Communication App?

Many people wonder if they need an AAC device or if they can just download a communication app. Although there are apps available that can help with communication, there are many advantages to using a “dedicated” AAC device. Apps that are free or very inexpensive usually have limited functions and are not designed to be a long-term communication system. They usually have only a small set of words and phrases that cannot be personalized. Apps for purchase often an be personalized; however, there are still many advantages to selecting a dedicated AAC device. These include:

  • Training: Lingraphica offers a free new customer training program, so users can get the most out of their device through personalized, one-on-one sessions. Training is generally not available with apps. Lingraphica also offers general communication training and tips for people with aphasia and their families.
  • Support: Have a question or technical issue? Lingraphica has a real person ready to work with you from 8:30am-8pm. Most app developers have limited support, and hardware issues have to be directed to the device manufacturer.
  • Easy to use and personalize: Lingraphica devices are easy to use, even if you don’t have experience with technology. It’s simple to make personalized icons to for your own family, community and hobbies. Free apps generally cannot be personalized. Apps for purchase usually do have customizing abilities, but they are often complex.
  • Finances: Dedicated devices are often covered in full by insurance. Tablets and apps are not covered by insurance, and there will be an associated cost.
  • Trial period: Lingraphica offers free device trials, so you can feel confident it is the right fit before moving forward. Most apps do not offer free trials of their full program; some have a “demo” version, but do not demonstrate all the features until you purchase the app.
  • Evidence-based: Lingraphica AAC devices are supported by years of research. This research shows that the devices improve communication and also have a therapeutic benefit, meaning they help people with aphasia to recover language skills.
  • Dedicated to communication: If your loved one needs to communicate an urgent message, you can be confident the device is ready to go. On a general tablet such as an iPad, it can be difficult to navigate back and forth between the communication app and other apps. This can be inconvenient or even dangerous if your loved one needs to communicate an urgent message. Having a device dedicated to communication means that it is always ready to go, and no one will be tempted to play games on it.

Are The Devices Complicated or Difficult to Learn?

Some people are hesitant about using a high-tech AAC device because it sounds complicated. This can be especially true if they haven’t previously used computers or tablet devices. However, Lingraphica AAC devices are built to be simple and easy to use. When the device is turned on, it opens immediately to the communication software. The user just needs to touch an icon in order to convey a message. Programming the device is also very easy and intuitive for the speech-language pathologist and family members. And just in case, Lingraphica has a friendly help desk with people ready to assist for any questions that come up.

What Kind of Activities Can Someone with Aphasia Use A Device for?

One of the biggest benefits of AAC devices is that they help the user to participate in meaningful activities, increase independence, and re-connect with family and friends. One way that AAC devices are used is by identifying meaningful life goals for the user and using the device to help them achieve that goal. This could be something as simple as playing cards with friends or attending a family reunion. Some of the most meaningful activities that people use AAC devices for include:

  • Participating in hobbies and attending events
  • Community involvement
  • Independence for common activities, such as getting a haircut or checking in at the dentist
  • Connecting with family and friends without a “translator”
  • Returning to work or volunteer work
  • Joining an aphasia group
  • Telling stories and anecdotes

How Does Someone with Aphasia Interact with A Device?

People with aphasia can interact with an AAC device in many ways in order to improve communication. Lingraphica AAC devices include multiple communication modes, including:

  • Pre-programmed icons: Users can touch a single icon to convey a message, such as “I love you” or “Let’s go out to dinner!”
  • Stories and scripts: Multiple icons can be programmed in a row to create a meaningful story or useful conversation “script.” This might include a person’s life story, information about their aphasia journey, or a story about a recent trip. Conversation “scripts” are useful in situations like ordering in a restaurant or checking in at a doctor’s office, when the same information is usually needed.
  • Type & Talk (Text-to-speech): Users who are able to spell and type can quickly create unique messages that the device will say aloud.
  • Whiteboard: Users can write keywords or draw pictures to help convey their messages. The whiteboard can be used and erased, or the image can be saved and turned into an icon.
  • Camera: Use the built-in camera to document events as they happen and share those photos with others. Photos can also be turned into icons for communication.
  • Connecting through technology: AAC devices are helpful for connecting over the phone, by email, and using smart home technology. Many users have a “phone” page programmed with common phrases for use on the phone. Smart home assistants such as Alexa also understand AAC devices. The device can be programmed with commands to integrate with smart home assistants. Lingraphica AAC devices also come with built-in email to stay connected with friends and family.

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In addition to communication, Lingraphica AAC devices include therapy exercises to address communication skills. These include a variety of language tasks, mouth position videos to focus on speaking, and TalkPath News, Lingraphica’s news program for people with aphasia.

Some people with aphasia interact with their devices independently, while others need the assistance of a communication partner to help them to use the device. The support might be simple, such as charging the device and turning it on in the morning.

Other people need additional assistance, like help navigating through the device and finding appropriate vocabulary. A person does not need to be independent with a device in order to benefit from using it.

Finally, many people can benefit from using certain accessories that help them to overcome any physical limitations they may experience when using the device.

Does A Device Have to Be Used All the Time?

An AAC device is a great tool, but it does not need to be used all the time. If another mode of communication is easy and effective, it can still be used. Whenever possible, verbal speech is always encouraged. Sometimes, it will be quicker to use a gesture, such as pointing or waving, than using a device. A communication device is another tool that is available and can be especially useful for communicating more complex messages or telling stories. It can also help the user to be more independent. For instance, although a family member might understand certain gestures, less familiar communication partners might not. The device will help in communicating with extended family, friends and community members.

Finally, many people can benefit from using certain accessories that help them to overcome any physical limitations they may experience when using the device.

Will A Device Fix All Communication Problems?

AAC devices are great tools for communication, but they are not a “magic bullet” that will always make communication easy. It might take time to learn to use the device and program it. There will likely still be times that communicating is difficult. However, the more the device is used and personalized, the more helpful it can be. Other tips to make an AAC device as beneficial as possible include:

  • Involve family, friends and caregivers. The more people who learn to use the device and support the device user, the better.
  • Personalize the device. Add in icons that are meaningful and fun for the user. Program in information about hobbies, family, and personal phrases.
  • Create stories in the device. AAC devices are a great way to for the user to share their own life stories and anecdotes with others.
  • Keep updating the device. As things change, the information in the device needs to be updated as well. Make sure the device user can communicate about their newest grandchild or current events in the news.
  • Learn to accept that communication will still be difficult at times. Develop a system to decide together if you want to keep trying to figure out the message or move on to a new topic.

Does A Device Make it Harder for Someone with Aphasia to Speak?

This is a common fear, but research actually shows that the opposite is true. Using a communication device can have a positive impact on speech and language skills. This can happen for a couple of reasons. Some people are able to repeat what the device says, meaning they are able to talk more. Another therapeutic benefit that the device provides is called multi-modal stimulation. This means that the combination of pictures, written text and spoken words can help the brain to recover language skills. Many people report an increase in speech after they start using an AAC device.

Does Someone with Aphasia Need A Device Even if Others Understand Them?

Many people with aphasia are able to communicate and be understood under certain circumstances. For instance, many people have certain words and phrases that they can say easily, and others can understand them. This might include things like “Hi, how are you?” or “See ya later!” These are often “automatic” phrases that do not require a lot of processing by the brain’s language centers. However, this person will often get stuck for words when asked a question or when trying to communicate a novel thought. Other people might be easy to understand, but unable to come up with the words that they need to communicate. They often use words like “stuff” and “place” instead of specific words. In these cases, an AAC device can be very helpful even though the person can be understood. An AAC device will help them to use more meaningful words and phrases to share important messages. If there is a gap between what someone wants to communicate and what they are able to communicate, then an AAC device might be helpful.

Are Devices Only for People Who Have Long Term Aphasia?

AAC devices can be used regardless of how long someone has had aphasia. Immediately following a stroke, many people go through a period of rapid language recovery. Because of this, it might be difficult to tell if an AAC device will be needed on a long-term basis. However, an AAC device can be used even if it is not going to be necessary forever. Just as some people use a walker for a limited period of time and then are able to walk without it, some people will use an AAC device for a shorter period of time. Other people will continue to use one indefinitely. If communication is difficult, it is not necessary to wait a specific amount of time before trying an AAC device. On the other hand, someone who has had aphasia for a long time but has not used a device can still learn to use one. In addition, people with other conditions that cause communication impairments also use AAC devices, such as ALS, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, MS, and autism.

What Does the Research Say About Devices for People with Aphasia?

Research supports the use of AAC devices for people with aphasia in multiple ways. First, research shows that using an AAC device improves functional communication. This means that the person with aphasia is better able to communicate their messages in everyday situations. Research shows the most significant communication improvement in “difficult” communication situations, like conversing in a group or starting a conversation with a non-family member. Improved functional communication means they are better able to participate in hobbies, stay connected with family and friends, and increase independence. In addition, research shows that using an AAC device can have a beneficial impact on speech and language skills. Using an AAC device can help rebuild connections in the brain, therefore reducing the severity of the aphasia

AAC Device Basics

How Do These Devices Work?

To use an AAC device, the user inputs or selects a message, and the device communicates that message for them. The person using the device indicates their message in a variety of ways, typically by selecting a picture or word, or typing in their intended message. The device then says the intended message out loud. For instance, text-to-speech is a very simple form of high-tech AAC and is a great tool for people who can spell and type quickly. However, many people with aphasia experience difficulty typing their intended messages due to their language impairment.Son working with mother on a TouchTalk

Lingraphica devices use a combination of a visual image (a picture or drawing), a written word and voice output, all combined into one icon. The user selects the icon that represents the message they want to communicate, and the device says that message. Because the icons are picture-based, it is not necessary to be able to read or type in order to use a device.

Lingraphica devices come pre-programmed with thousands of common words and phrases. It is also easy to create custom icons that are meaningful and personal. Lingraphica’s icons are based on research to include features that are most effective for people with aphasia, such as:

  • Real pictures and realistic drawings: easier to understand and use than symbols for people with aphasia
  • Projection: icons get bigger and move toward the center of the screen, capturing the user’s attention and activating the brain
  • Verb animation: A static picture does not always represent an action as well as an animation for people with aphasia. Verb icons have the option to play a brief animation, which research has shown to improve comprehension.
  • Contextual scenes: Putting vocabulary in visual context can be very helpful for people with aphasia. For instance, a visual scene of a kitchen can be easier to understand than a single picture of a refrigerator.

What Are the Benefits of AAC Devices?

Using an AAC device has many benefits that have been shown both in research and in the success stories told by device users and their families. The most immediate and apparent benefit is improved communication, which is associated with many other benefits:

  • Ability to participate in hobbies and other meaningful life events
  • Increased independence for everyday activities and errands
  • Fewer communication breakdowns and reduced frustration
  • Better able to connect with family and friends

Another reason to use an AAC device is that it can have a therapeutic benefit for the device user. Using an AAC device has been shown to improve language skills and reduce the severity of aphasia. Many people have an increase in verbal speech when they start using an AAC device.

Finally, introducing an AAC device can be very beneficial for the caregiver of the person with aphasia. Caregivers report that they struggle to communicate with their loved one with aphasia, and that the person with aphasia is very dependent on them for communication assistance. Caregivers also report an increase in stress, poor sleep quality, and a lack of time for self-care and household chores. By helping the person with aphasia to become more independent, the caregiver can experience improvement in many of these related areas. As one caregiver said, “I feel like we aren’t playing charades anymore.”

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Find out if an AAC device is right for you over a quick call.

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How Does A Device Help Someone with Aphasia to Communicate?

People with aphasia use AAC devices in different ways to help with communication. For some people, the device communicates for them. If someone is unable to communicate by speaking, they can touch the icon that represents “Let’s eat out!” and the device will say that message. In these cases, the device is a replacement for their speech.

Other people with aphasia are able to use the device in order to help themselves speak more. Some people have difficulty speaking on their own but are able to repeat the message after the device says it. Some even use the device with an earphone in, so that only they hear the device speaking. Once they have heard the device say a phrase in their ear, they are able to say it out loud.

Many people with aphasia are able to communicate better because they are prompted by the multi-modal cues in an AAC device. They might not be able to come up with their sister’s name without help, but when they see her picture and her name written underneath it, they are able to say the name.

What is the Difference Between an AAC Device and a Communication App?

Many people wonder if they need an AAC device or if they can just download a communication app. Although there are apps available that can help with communication, there are many advantages to using a “dedicated” AAC device. Apps that are free or very inexpensive usually have limited functions and are not designed to be a long-term communication system. They usually have only a small set of words and phrases that cannot be personalized. Apps for purchase often an be personalized; however, there are still many advantages to selecting a dedicated AAC device. These include:

  • Training: Lingraphica offers a free new customer training program, so users can get the most out of their device through personalized, one-on-one sessions. Training is generally not available with apps. Lingraphica also offers general communication training and tips for people with aphasia and their families.
  • Support: Have a question or technical issue? Lingraphica has a real person ready to work with you from 8:30am-8pm. Most app developers have limited support, and hardware issues have to be directed to the device manufacturer.
  • Easy to use and personalize: Lingraphica devices are easy to use, even if you don’t have experience with technology. It’s simple to make personalized icons to for your own family, community and hobbies. Free apps generally cannot be personalized. Apps for purchase usually do have customizing abilities, but they are often complex.
  • Finances: Dedicated devices are often covered in full by insurance. Tablets and apps are not covered by insurance, and there will be an associated cost.
  • Trial period: Lingraphica offers free device trials, so you can feel confident it is the right fit before moving forward. Most apps do not offer free trials of their full program; some have a “demo” version, but do not demonstrate all the features until you purchase the app.
  • Evidence-based: Lingraphica AAC devices are supported by years of research. This research shows that the devices improve communication and also have a therapeutic benefit, meaning they help people with aphasia to recover language skills.
  • Dedicated to communication: If your loved one needs to communicate an urgent message, you can be confident the device is ready to go. On a general tablet such as an iPad, it can be difficult to navigate back and forth between the communication app and other apps. This can be inconvenient or even dangerous if your loved one needs to communicate an urgent message. Having a device dedicated to communication means that it is always ready to go, and no one will be tempted to play games on it.
Using an AAC Device

Are The Devices Complicated or Difficult to Learn?

Some people are hesitant about using a high-tech AAC device because it sounds complicated. This can be especially true if they haven’t previously used computers or tablet devices. However, Lingraphica AAC devices are built to be simple and easy to use. When the device is turned on, it opens immediately to the communication software. The user just needs to touch an icon in order to convey a message. Programming the device is also very easy and intuitive for the speech-language pathologist and family members. And just in case, Lingraphica has a friendly help desk with people ready to assist for any questions that come up.

What Kind of Activities Can Someone with Aphasia Use A Device for?

One of the biggest benefits of AAC devices is that they help the user to participate in meaningful activities, increase independence, and re-connect with family and friends. One way that AAC devices are used is by identifying meaningful life goals for the user and using the device to help them achieve that goal. This could be something as simple as playing cards with friends or attending a family reunion. Some of the most meaningful activities that people use AAC devices for include:

  • Participating in hobbies and attending events
  • Community involvement
  • Independence for common activities, such as getting a haircut or checking in at the dentist
  • Connecting with family and friends without a “translator”
  • Returning to work or volunteer work
  • Joining an aphasia group
  • Telling stories and anecdotes

How Does Someone with Aphasia Interact with A Device?

People with aphasia can interact with an AAC device in many ways in order to improve communication. Lingraphica AAC devices include multiple communication modes, including:

  • Pre-programmed icons: Users can touch a single icon to convey a message, such as “I love you” or “Let’s go out to dinner!”
  • Stories and scripts: Multiple icons can be programmed in a row to create a meaningful story or useful conversation “script.” This might include a person’s life story, information about their aphasia journey, or a story about a recent trip. Conversation “scripts” are useful in situations like ordering in a restaurant or checking in at a doctor’s office, when the same information is usually needed.
  • Type & Talk (Text-to-speech): Users who are able to spell and type can quickly create unique messages that the device will say aloud.
  • Whiteboard: Users can write keywords or draw pictures to help convey their messages. The whiteboard can be used and erased, or the image can be saved and turned into an icon.
  • Camera: Use the built-in camera to document events as they happen and share those photos with others. Photos can also be turned into icons for communication.
  • Connecting through technology: AAC devices are helpful for connecting over the phone, by email, and using smart home technology. Many users have a “phone” page programmed with common phrases for use on the phone. Smart home assistants such as Alexa also understand AAC devices. The device can be programmed with commands to integrate with smart home assistants. Lingraphica AAC devices also come with built-in email to stay connected with friends and family.

See All AAC Device Accessories

Learn how they can help individuals who experience difficulties with their hands.

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In addition to communication, Lingraphica AAC devices include therapy exercises to address communication skills. These include a variety of language tasks, mouth position videos to focus on speaking, and TalkPath News, Lingraphica’s news program for people with aphasia.

Some people with aphasia interact with their devices independently, while others need the assistance of a communication partner to help them to use the device. The support might be simple, such as charging the device and turning it on in the morning.

Other people need additional assistance, like help navigating through the device and finding appropriate vocabulary. A person does not need to be independent with a device in order to benefit from using it.

Finally, many people can benefit from using certain accessories that help them to overcome any physical limitations they may experience when using the device.

Does A Device Have to Be Used All the Time?

An AAC device is a great tool, but it does not need to be used all the time. If another mode of communication is easy and effective, it can still be used. Whenever possible, verbal speech is always encouraged. Sometimes, it will be quicker to use a gesture, such as pointing or waving, than using a device. A communication device is another tool that is available and can be especially useful for communicating more complex messages or telling stories. It can also help the user to be more independent. For instance, although a family member might understand certain gestures, less familiar communication partners might not. The device will help in communicating with extended family, friends and community members.

Finally, many people can benefit from using certain accessories that help them to overcome any physical limitations they may experience when using the device.

Most Common AAC Device Questions

Will A Device Fix All Communication Problems?

AAC devices are great tools for communication, but they are not a “magic bullet” that will always make communication easy. It might take time to learn to use the device and program it. There will likely still be times that communicating is difficult. However, the more the device is used and personalized, the more helpful it can be. Other tips to make an AAC device as beneficial as possible include:

  • Involve family, friends and caregivers. The more people who learn to use the device and support the device user, the better.
  • Personalize the device. Add in icons that are meaningful and fun for the user. Program in information about hobbies, family, and personal phrases.
  • Create stories in the device. AAC devices are a great way to for the user to share their own life stories and anecdotes with others.
  • Keep updating the device. As things change, the information in the device needs to be updated as well. Make sure the device user can communicate about their newest grandchild or current events in the news.
  • Learn to accept that communication will still be difficult at times. Develop a system to decide together if you want to keep trying to figure out the message or move on to a new topic.

Does A Device Make it Harder for Someone with Aphasia to Speak?

This is a common fear, but research actually shows that the opposite is true. Using a communication device can have a positive impact on speech and language skills. This can happen for a couple of reasons. Some people are able to repeat what the device says, meaning they are able to talk more. Another therapeutic benefit that the device provides is called multi-modal stimulation. This means that the combination of pictures, written text and spoken words can help the brain to recover language skills. Many people report an increase in speech after they start using an AAC device.

Does Someone with Aphasia Need A Device Even if Others Understand Them?

Many people with aphasia are able to communicate and be understood under certain circumstances. For instance, many people have certain words and phrases that they can say easily, and others can understand them. This might include things like “Hi, how are you?” or “See ya later!” These are often “automatic” phrases that do not require a lot of processing by the brain’s language centers. However, this person will often get stuck for words when asked a question or when trying to communicate a novel thought. Other people might be easy to understand, but unable to come up with the words that they need to communicate. They often use words like “stuff” and “place” instead of specific words. In these cases, an AAC device can be very helpful even though the person can be understood. An AAC device will help them to use more meaningful words and phrases to share important messages. If there is a gap between what someone wants to communicate and what they are able to communicate, then an AAC device might be helpful.

Are Devices Only for People Who Have Long Term Aphasia?

AAC devices can be used regardless of how long someone has had aphasia. Immediately following a stroke, many people go through a period of rapid language recovery. Because of this, it might be difficult to tell if an AAC device will be needed on a long-term basis. However, an AAC device can be used even if it is not going to be necessary forever. Just as some people use a walker for a limited period of time and then are able to walk without it, some people will use an AAC device for a shorter period of time. Other people will continue to use one indefinitely. If communication is difficult, it is not necessary to wait a specific amount of time before trying an AAC device. On the other hand, someone who has had aphasia for a long time but has not used a device can still learn to use one. In addition, people with other conditions that cause communication impairments also use AAC devices, such as ALS, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, MS, and autism.

What Does the Research Say About Devices for People with Aphasia?

Research supports the use of AAC devices for people with aphasia in multiple ways. First, research shows that using an AAC device improves functional communication. This means that the person with aphasia is better able to communicate their messages in everyday situations. Research shows the most significant communication improvement in “difficult” communication situations, like conversing in a group or starting a conversation with a non-family member. Improved functional communication means they are better able to participate in hobbies, stay connected with family and friends, and increase independence. In addition, research shows that using an AAC device can have a beneficial impact on speech and language skills. Using an AAC device can help rebuild connections in the brain, therefore reducing the severity of the aphasia

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