Apraxia, also known as Apraxia of Speech (AOS), can make it hard to say the things you want to, even when you know exactly what it is you want to say. Apraxia can occur at the same time as aphasia, or it can exist by itself. Either way, apraxia means that the brain has trouble planning and coordinating the muscle movements to produce speech. One tool that can help people with apraxia is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.
Lingraphica AAC or speech-generating devices can help people with apraxia to communicate as well as to improve their own verbal speech. When you can’t get the words out, the device can communicate for you using icons that combine an image, text, and saying the word aloud. If you also have aphasia, these icons are built to be easy to identify and understand.
The devices come pre-programmed with many common words and phrases, but they are also simple to program. This means you can add in icons that are meaningful to you and can help you achieve your communication goals, whether that’s reconnecting with friends and family, participating in a hobby, or being more independent in your community.
The devices also feature text-to-speech to communicate whatever is on your mind – quickly type a new word or phrase, and say it once or save it for use again. Many people with apraxia are able to use the device to cue their own speech. Once you hear the device say the word or phrase aloud, you can practice repeating it. Some people with apraxia do best with drawings and pictures, especially if they also have aphasia. Lingraphica AAC devices make that easier than ever with a digital whiteboard and a built-in camera.
Notably, the devices feature built-in mouth position videos that can be used to help you improve your own verbal speech. The pre-programmed videos range from simple syllables to more complex phrases. Because the device also has a built-in video camera, it’s easy for a family member or speech-language pathologist to create new, customized mouth position videos to help you say the things that are most important to you.